Floro International M-1 Garand Conversion

Notes: This rifle, which does not yet have an official Filipino military designation, is a solution for both the chronic shortage of military weapons the Filipino military faces, their lack of money to buy new ones, and large amounts of M-1 Garand rifles they have in storage (in conditions ranging from poor to very good). The M-1 Garand, while it was an excellent rifle for its time, is now a bit dated and is not considered a good weapon to issue out to the Filipino troops, especially since they are facing insurgents usually equipped with more modern weapons.

The Floro International solution, approved by the Filipino government, essentially turns the M-1 Garand into an analog of the M-14. The M-1 is rechambered for 7.62mm NATO (along with all necessary modifications) and is fed from new Filipino-made 20-round magazines (though the modified weapon will also accept M-14 magazines or those designed for the Italian BM-59). The safety is of a modern design. The barrel length is reduced to 22.4 inches. A recoil buffer is also added, somewhat reducing recoil.

Conversions started in 2005, though I have not been able to find out if any have yet been issued. It is estimated that 5 years will be required to modify all 50,000 M-1 Garands the Filipinos have. The modified weapons are envisioned to be used by platoon and squad marksmen, police, internal security organizations, and even for handing out to friendly non-government groups in the Philippines.

Twilight 2000 Notes: Floro International started these conversions far earlier in the Twilight 2000 timeline than they did in real life in 1994.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Floro M-1 Garand Conversion

7.62mm NATO

3.99 kg

20

$1108

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Floro M-1 Garand Conversion

SA

4

2-3-Nil

7

3

Nil

74