According to Laemlein, a huge challenge facing M1 Garand users was that much of the available 30-06 ammo was either belted for machine gun use or issued in 5-round stripper clips intended for the ’03 Springfield. All such ammo needed to be laboriously removed from belts and strippers and loaded by hand, one round at a time, into the M1’s 8-round en-bloc spring steel clips that then inserted into the internal magazine cavity.
In his article Laemlein cites several original sources as to the Garand’s effectiveness in combat. “Both the Americans and Scouts carried the new semi-automatic M1 Garand rifle. Its eight-round clip and rapid fire—20 to 30 aimed shots a minute—surprised the first Japanese to come up against it,” wrote John W. Whitman in Bataan: Our Last Ditch. “The sights were designed to give good visibility at night, and it proved to be one of the most reliable and rugged rifles in military history.”
Laemlein also offers three items of interest the first from the Feb. 23, 1942, edition of The Washington Post carried a story titled “Bataan Proves Garand Worth.” A New York Times story on the very same day reported “Garand Rifle Praised by Gen. MacArthur.” In addition, during that same week, Time magazine printed an article titled “The Garand in Action” that described the M1’s early combat performance as validating MacArthur’s decision to retain the .30-’06 Sprg. cartridge for use in the Garand rifle.