The Garand has a 9 shot "clip" that is inserted down into the rifle and when you are empty it is ejected with a ping and you pop another in. It is a great shooting rifle and I qualified expert on it in our reserve unit back in the early 70's. In terms of stopping power I think it has it all over an AR. I have not heard it needed a lower pressure round and remember the old military rounds were 170 gr bullets and would hit like a sledge hammer. From what I have seen on Gun Broker they are selling at either side of $2,500 depending upon condition. Patton said it was the ultimate battle weapon and it could kill 3 different ways. Bullet, bayonet or butt stroke. It is heavy and even heavier than the M-14 I went through Basic and AIT with. I hated rifle PT with the M-14 so I imagine the Garand would make a man out of you in short order. The thing about the Garand is it could be dropped in the mud and still function. It takes a lot of neglect for it to not function. It is a great rifle but the AR allows the soldier to carry more rounds with less recoil and weight. Times change.