National Geographic : 1942 Dec
A Dainty War Worker Checks Man-killing .50-caliber Cartridges They pour in an endless stream from this weighing and gauging machine at an Army arsenal. Shot from the wing of an American plane, the bullets rip a lightly armored Zero to pieces. Flying Fortresses use them against Nazi fighters with devastating effect. Carrier-based fighter planes returning from a raid on Tulagi Harbour (page 817) turned their .50-calibers against a Japanese destroyer and crippled it. 0.W. I. Inventor of the Garand Rifle, the Army's Jap-shooter John C. Garand, at work inhis model shop, isanative Canadian who came to the United States at 15 years. He developed the famous nine-pound semi automatic at the Army's Springfield (Massachusetts) Armory. Later hede signed tools for mass production, giving our troops an eight-bullet, rapid-fire weapon of deadly accuracy. The gas behind each bullet ejects the empty shell and prepares a fresh one forthe next squeeze ofthe trigger.