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  1. RyanM
    August 31, 2016 @ 1:13 am

    I've always considered myself a faithful student of history, but sometimes the minutiae slip past me. I knew US auto manufacturers basically shut down for the war effort (imagine that today!) and went full speed ahead into producing weaponry, but I thought it was limited to major end items (trucks, planes, tanks, etc).

    So imagine my surprise when a younger and more spry RyanM went to the firing range for a fam(iliarization) fire pre-qualification and noticed that the M2 .50 cal I was assigned said "manufactured by the AC Spark Plug Division of General Motors" on the receiver.

    Intrigued, I went down the line during brass police call and saw names like "Kelsey-Hayes Wheel Company,""Frigidaire Div, General Motors," and even Saginaw on the receivers of these weapons.

    This was in 2002(!) and we were still using weapons manufactured for use in WWII.

    Since then, I've seen those manufacturers on the receivers of M2's downrange and stateside through 2013 when I got out… though towards the end the WWII vintage M2's were few and far between.

    Nice article Gianni, minor correction – Garand has one r. Bonus internets to those of you who can pronounce Garand without going on Youtube to watch the documentary on John Garand.

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  2. Gianni
    August 31, 2016 @ 6:43 pm

    If it isn't obvious by now, I can't spell worth a damn and spell check was no help.

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  3. Anonymous
    February 26, 2018 @ 4:04 am

    Cadillac did not make M3A1 Stuart tanks. They made M5/M5A1 Stuarts. All M3/M3A1 Stuart tanks were made by American Car & Foundry Co. in Berwick, PA.

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