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Armed Intelligentsia members know that it can be difficult educating non-gun owners about firearms. Most gun muggles either have no interest in things that go bang or, worse, are deathly afraid of them. And I’m guessing that the proprietors of Cakelava on beautiful Oahu aren’t shooters. See, they got an order for a cake in the shape of an M1 Garand, one of the most iconic guns of WWII. Unfortunately, their Googling seemed to have stopped at M1. Oops. As you can see from the photo of the cake, that’s an M1 Carbine. And as the cake was ordered by a customer at a nearby military base, you can be pretty sure the client knew the difference. A simple mistake, honestly made. Is pointing this out hopeless gun-geekery? Should we probably find better things to do with our time? You betcha. But never let it be said we’re not watching out for our military service men and women.

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  1. But you have to admit they did a damn fine job of creating a nice gun cake. Had the customer ordered an M1 Carbine cake, they would have been very happy.

    And is it gun cake or cake gun? I think gun cake is appropriate.

  2. Otalps is correct. That is indeed an M1 Garand and NOT a carbine. It just has a superfluous magazine that makes it look like a BM59 or BM62, the Italian postwar product-improved M1.

  3. Beretta created the BM59 and BM62 which was basically a Garand with a 20 round mag, so in reality the cake is effing perfect.

  4. While most have seen the Beretta BM59-series with its shortened barrel and gas system, long with the combination grenade launcher/muzzle brake/flash hider, the BM59E conversion did not alter the M1 rifle’s barrel or gas system. However, nearly a decade and a half before the BM59, the US Army began development of the T20 rifle, roughly a M1 rifle with a slightly longer receiver, selector switch, and a BAR magazine. (Ultimately, the magazine requirement had to be relaxed to where the T20’s magazine could be used with the BAR, but not the reverse.) A large number of T20E2 were on order in preparation for the invasion of the Japanese home islands, but this order was cut back significantly after the surrender of Japan. The M14 evolved from the combination of the T20 receiver and lockwork, the gas system of Earle Harvey’s T25/T47, and the magazine from Garand’s final prototype, the bullpup T31. The earliest T44 prototypes were actually built using T20E2 receivers. Only later was a shorter receiver developed to match the shorter 7.62mm NATO cartridge, resulting in the T44E4 being adopted as the M14.

  5. There’s a bakery near my house that makes custom cakes. I’m going to have them make me a custom birthday cake with all my favorite guns on it.

  6. I’m thinking that the cake was made and presented in New Jersey… it’s illegal to have an M1 Carbine in that state, so the cake was modified a bit.
    In New York State, make sure to have paperwork with that 15 round cake mag that proves it’s “pre ban”

    On a less firearm related note, is full of hilariously botched cakes of all sorts, but the best by far was probably a cake in the shape of a Lexar Jump Drive… the cakemaker was supposed to make one based on an image stored *on* the drive but obviously got a bit confused…


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