You are off to a good start and welcome to the Boards!
You need a better appreciation of world history before you should make comments like this. The US was an isolationist country until December 7 1941, had a small armed force and produced far less in arms than did Russia. We had far fewer losses than Russia, about a 14x factor less. The Russian lost 12 million in arms and many more citizens and frankly won the war for the "free world".I know what you mean on the M1 Garand prices, its crazy that your own nations rifle is not as common and costs higher than that of European and Asian countries. Maybe when we are all older we will be able to tell new collectors about the days when a M44 could be found in very nice condition for under $100!