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The M1 Garand is a .30-06 caliber semi-automatic rifle in the Day of Defeat games. It is one of two rifles featured in Day of Defeat and Day of Defeat: Source with its counterpart the Kar98k. The M1 Garand is used by the Allied faction, specifically the American army.

Day of Defeat[]

The DoD version of the M1 Garand is very comparable to the German Kar98k. The 2 rifles are very powerful, but unlike the K98 which kills in one hit to any body part, the M1 will only one-hit-kill if the shot lands in the head or chest area. If the shot lands on the hands, legs or feet, than it will take an extra shot to get the kill. Also, the 8-round En Bloc clip the Garand uses must be emptied completely before it can reload, for weapon balancing purposes only, the game restricts players from manually reloading the M1 mid-clip, unlike the K98's stripper clip which can be ejected and replaced by a new clip at any time. The Garand's secondary fire is a rifle buttstock hit that can instantly kill an enemy in one hit, regardless of where it lands. This feature is similar to the K98's bayonet thrust, with the exception that the buttstock hit has a shorter range compared to the bayonet thrust.

The M1 Garand from DoD is very similar to the M1 in DoD:S. Much of the basic functions remain the same. The design is both the same but the Source engine in DoD:S gives the Garand a much shinier look. Also, the firing sound is also changed.

Named after its inventor, John C. Garand, the "U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1" was developed throughout the 20's and 30's, finally entering military service in 1936.  It was designed to be mass produced, and easily cleaned in the field.  The final product was an accurate, reliable, efficient rifle that was easily the best semi-automatic weapon used by any country during the war.

Game Tips: The distinctive 'ping' sound of a Garand clip being ejected can be heard by nearby players and is a dead giveaway to the enemy that you're out of ammo. Keep in mind that if you do run out of ammo, you can always hit enemy players with the butt of your weapon using the 'secondary fire' key.

Day of Defeat: Source[]

As mentioned before, the DoD:S version of the M1 Garand is similar to the DoD version in many ways. The Source version retains the look and has a shinier finish, and also has a different engraving on the rear end of the iron sights.

In gameplay the M1 functions very differently from the DoD version. Its rifle buttstock melee has been replaced by the ability to aim down the sights. The "peep sights" on the M1 Garand are very easy to use but cover up more of your field of view when compared to the Kar98k's iron sights. Also, it has rifle grenades as well. Its in-game statistics remain the same in DoD:S.

In-game, the M1 Garand deals 80 damage per bullet to the torso, 60 damage to legs and arms, and 200 damage to the head, making the M1 Garand guaranteed to kill in at least 2 hits no matter where your shot lands on the opponent's body.

The M1 Garand also cannot be prematurely reloaded in-game and thus the player needs to fully empty their clip in order for the reload animation to occur.



  • Contrary to popular belief, the Garand can indeed be easily reloaded mid clip by pulling back the bolt and holding it in place with the heel of your loading hand, and reaching over the receiver and pressing the clip latch on the left side of the receiver with your thumb, ejecting the clip up into your hand, allowing a fresh one to be inserted, this took about 3-4 seconds in the hands of a trained soldier.
  • The Day of Defeat: Source M1 Garand depicts the soldier pushing the bolt forward after reloading. Unless the gun is faulty, an M1 Garand should snap shut automatically once the clip is properly inserted.
Weapons of Day of Defeat
Rifle Bolt-action Kar98kSpringfieldLee-Enfield
Semi-auto M1 GarandM1 CarbineK43
Machine Guns Sub MP40M1 ThompsonStenM3
Light BARMP44FG42Bren
Medium Browning M1919MG34MG42
Explosives Launcher BazookaPanzerschreckPIATMortar
Grenade Mk 2StielhandgranateMills Bomb
Misc. Sidearms M1911LugerWebley
Melee SatchelSpadeKnife
Weapons of Day of Defeat: Source
Bolt-Action/Sniper Rifles Kar98k · Springfield
Semiautomatic Rifles M1 Garand · M1 Carbine
Submachine Guns MP40 · M1 Thompson
Support BAR · MP44
Machine Guns Browning M1919 · MG42
Sidearms M1911 · P38 · C96
Rocket Launchers Bazooka · Panzerschreck
Grenades Mk 2 · Stielhandgranate · Smoke Grenade · Rifle Grenade
Miscellaneous Satchel · Spade · Knife