Everyone should own a Garand rifle.
Way back in 1973 I was issued a U.S. Navy match grade International Harvester made M1 Garand rifle to shoot for the all Navy rifle team. I won my distinguished medal with that old rifle. When we switched over to the M-14 (yes it was an M-14 receiver) and the 7.62x51 round I was able to buy that Garand rifle from the Navy. Well as often is the case I fell on hard times and was forced to sell that fine rifle so I could make my mortgage payment (back when we had to do that, before any bailout money was available). Well when things picked up, I was able to buy a few different Garand rifles but never kept them as they were not what I wanted in that rifle. Here recently I was able to purchase an M1 Garand from a friend who won one in a raffle. He sold me the Garand so he could buy an M-1A so everyone was happy.
My M1 is an HRA, Harrington and Richardson, post WW-II manufacture Correct Grade gun from the CMP. Oh, how I have missed those lovely rifles. I know why we won the war. Back then, Americans could shoot a rifle and we carried a fine battle rifle into battle against our enemies.
It has its weak points but it is battle proven and it is in a real caliber. Just shoot 'em once, move to the next target. Very rugged, very reliable, quick and easy to clear, clean and repair. Just the way it should be. The M-14 was a good modification of the Garand but it was short lived as a battle rifle. Then we left the 10 pound battle rifle and went to the small caliber palstic gun when we should have bought the wonderFAL rifle, the Right Arm of the Free World. If I had to go into battle in a theater such as that of WW-II Europe, there is no doubt I'd take the FAL in 7.62x51. But, looking back at the battle tactics and the functionality of the M1, it would take a helluva battle rifle to beat the Garand.