don't get me wrong....M1 is a cool little gun.<quoted text>
It depends on where the battlefield is. Inner city fighting it could be a great advantage.
inner city fighting it works; but an automatic shotgun with 4 buck has 14 of the bullets your M1 has in every shell; and the same magazine capacity, so the shotgun has 14 times the firepower and almost the same range.
The HK91 George spoke about in talented hands, can send bowling pins flying from 1000 yards away.
The HK91 has been replaced by newer weapons that outperform it; but it is a fine example of quality workmanship.
The new 50 cal semi auto sniper rifle has confirmed splats at 2 miles. My preference is to let the kids carry and blast away with those. Yes they reach out and touch with much devastation; but the noise and recoil is too much for this old man.
up close work it is difficult to beat a 9mm carbine that shoots like a garden hose, or a shotgun loaded with buckshot. The 223 autos do a fine job and are controllable also in that situation; but the 308 in full auto fire is difficult at least for me to control with complete accuracy. In single shot mode the 308 my choice.