Scott A. Duff’s interest in firearms and their history began in the late 1950s as a result of hours spent leafing through his father’s Guidebook for Marines and watching John Wayne in “The Sands of Iwo Jima” too many times. At age ten his father taught him to shoot a rifle; he was hooked!
A series of visits to the Springfield Armory National Historic Site Museum in the early 1980s helped center his firearms interest on U.S. Martial Arms. Participation in DCM (the forerunner of the CMP) service rifle competition and charter membership in the Garand Collectors Association further focused his interest on the M1 Garand. He received his first M1, a Winchester, from the DCM in 1985.
His questions concerning the history and production of the M1 rifle found few answers. Thus, he began a ten-year research effort resulting in publication of The “M1 Garand: World War II.” In addition to authoring and co-authoring nine books, Mr. Duff has published a total of 23 books written by a number of authors on a wide variety of firearms topics. In 1994 he co-authored and published “Arms For The Nation,” the commemorative history of Springfield Armory for its bicentennial. He has written over 200 articles for various publications including “American Rifleman, Guns & Ammo,” “Garand Collectors Association Journal,” “Garand Stand Report,” “Garand Times,” and many others. Scott Duff has also contributed to numerous authors’ books.
Mr. Duff has appeared in several episodes of American Rifleman TV and was featured in an episode of Larry Vickers’ Tactical Arms. He was a contributing editor on the Garand Collector’s Association’s feature length DVD entitled “America’s Rifle – The M1 Garand” and is featured on camera in that documentary.
Scott is a Benefactor Life Member of the National Rifle Association. He served on the Board of Directors of the Garand Collector’s Association for 19 years and currently acts as a technical advisor for the GCA Journal. He has presented numerous speeches for the GCA, the NRA, many gun collecting organizations, CMP rifle clubs, and Marine Corps League detachments.
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