I was watching The Pacific, and I noticed that a lot of the Marines were carrying M1 carbines instead of Garands. I thought that the Garand was issued more frequently than the carbine, with the latter only being given to officers, senior NCOs, rear-area guys, airborne, and special duty guys. What's the deal here, Hollywood history or reality? Also, M1911A1s were given to all officers and NCOs, correct? But did they ever issue them to regular enlisted men armed with M1 Garands or B.A.R.s? My grandfather said he was never issued a pistol (he used a P38 he took as a trophy), but a History Channel documentary (WWII in Color) seems to indicate otherwise (and itself is contradicted by Band of Brothers, which states that enlisted men had to get their own).