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The Springfield Armory, Talk

March 30 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm EDT

Rival: The M1, Pedersen & the Johnson Rifle

Did you know that the venerable M1 rifle designed by John Garand at Springfield Armory almost didn’t exist? Three different contenders vied for the title of “standard service rifle of the U.S. Army”, but only one emerged victorious. Join Steve Sanetti as he takes an in-depth look at these three rivals and the men behind each design.


Saturday, March 30, 2024


11:30 AM, 1:30 PM


1 hour


Started during the Revolutionary War, the Springfield Armory was the official armory for the United States until 1968. In 1978, the site opened as the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, which contains the original 1840s arsenal houses and the largest collection of government produced guns in the United States. It also focuses on the innovation and manufacturing processes developed at the site.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site is the location of the nation’s first armory (1794 – 1968) and was established by George Washington. The site includes historic grounds, buildings, and the world’s largest historic American military firearms collection.

There is no entrance fee to visit Springfield Armory National Historic Site. The Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday, 9:30am-4:00pm.


March 30
11:30 am - 1:30 pm EDT


The Springfield Armory National Historic Site
One Armory Square, Suite 2
Springfield, MA 01105
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(413) 734-8551
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