Korean War Veteran And An M1 Get Reacquainted

My friend Tom invited me to a small informal shoot with some of his friends. Dave and Dan were there. You may recall Dave and his WWII Zundapp motorcycle that Dan took gorgeous photos of. There were a few other people there. Mike Sirianni, his son Mike and his grandson who is also named Mike. And there was Sonny. All of them are friends. Mike’s son asked Sonny to bring out some of his firearms so that his dad could get to shoot them one more time. Sonny brought out an M1 Garand, M1 Carbine and a Colt Govt 1911.

Mike Sirianni served in the U.S. Army 1st Cav when he was sent to Korea. He has fond memories training with an M1 Garand.

They set up a large Shoot ‘N C target out at the 50 yard line. Sure enough Mike was drilling it.

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Below is probably one of the greatest pictures I have ever taken, and it was totally sheer luck. I was using burst mode on my Nikon D3300 and it never even dawned on me to capture the clip fly out. I just happen to have my finger on the shutter when the gun went “ping”. I immediately checked my camera to see if it captured that moment. Hallelujah.

Mike Sirianni


Everyone had a great time and we all thanked Mike for his service.

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


  • Pete Sheppard

    Yep, one of the best US Rifle, Caliber .30, M1 photos ever!!

  • Raoul O’Shaugnessy

    “it never even donned on me”
    Or dawned, even.

  • b4k9zp

    In the photo where his camera captured the en bloc clip being ejected, one can also see the ejected cartridge. GREAT PICTURE of one of the best rifles of all time!

    • Nicholas C

      Yep. I was trying to get the brass ejecting. Never crossed my mind to capture the clip too.

      • b4k9zp

        Great shot! When I first looked at the photo, I thought I could discern the bullet leaving the barrel too! But when I looked at it later, I didn’t see the bullet. That would have made your shot a real keeper, even more so than it already is!

  • AD

    Fantastic photo!