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Because I wanna see where you guys will run with it... truman_Garand.jpg


 Truman served in the Artillery, no?
There probably aren't many politicians who could do "inspection arms" these days. 
The current occupant of the WH probably wouldn't know which end to look into.  And yes, Truman commanded an artillery battery in France during WWI.  I believe he fought in the Meuse-Argonne.

 Battery D, 129th FA, MONG.   The Auld Soldier's first unit was the 129th, as well, albeit 30 years later.

Given they were an artillery unit, they probably carried M1917s (most soldiers in France did), and the M1903s were usually with the Regular infantry units.



I'm sure that he knew how to take the rifle from the Sergeant and how to return it. Even if the incumbent guy knew, you can bet that the Secret Service wouldn't let him. At least not after those famous shotgun photos.

Action is open, finger no were near the trigger.  

Bet that bore was mirror bright.

 "I've seen a 105mm barrel after a 21-gun salute with a cleaner barrel."

So was the famous Missourian VP or CinC at the time this picture was taken? 
The Marine Corps suspended the issue of Dress Blues during World War II. Marines could buy and wear them as individuals, but they were not worn in formation. This picture, with Blues in formation, M1 Garand, and short bayonet points to post WWII. I think that we are looking at President Truman.
Never heard of the M1917 until today. Interesting. It looks like a bolt-action Garand.

I recognized "inspect arms" in the photo, but do they still do that? Don't recall seeing photos of anyone inspecting M14s or M16s that way.
Casey - Inspection arms for the M16 and M4 is in the drill and ceremony manual, FM 3-21.5.  I've never actually seen anyone do it, even while attending NCO Acadamies.
The gentleman is taking advantage of the fortuitous angle (judging by the shadows) of the sunlight.  The normal M1 inspection technique as taught by the WWII and Korean War vets who ran our high school ROTC unit was to place a thumb near the bolt face and use the thumnail to reflect light up the bore (being careful, of course, to not bump the follower).
Casey, thanks for asking that question, because I can't place an M1917 either.

We did inspection arms when I was in Basic at Ft. Jackson, and it wasn't *that* long ago; well, okay, it was 21 years ago this month that I graduated. Tempus fugit. I always hated it because it put the muzzle of the weapon below my head and half the time the bolt would fly forward; only a theoretical danger, but still.
Wow, having your rifle inspected by the President! I bet that bore was spotless, indeed, John! 
Google (vice Wikipedia) says the M1917 was the "American Enfield;" but it also mentions a six-shot revolver. The former, I would assume.
 One wonders why I bother...
I see the Castle Echo is back... :)