M1 Garand troubles


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numoone
March 28, 2009, 12:14 AM
I have a Springfield Armory 1942 Garand in nice condition. The problem is the clip will not lock or snap in to place when pushed down. I can close the bolt over the top of the clip, then it will stay locked. When I push the release button the clip pops free. It just won't lock like it should when loading. Any advice? Thanks

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Wesson Smith
March 28, 2009, 01:23 AM
Are you saying that you are able to get it to chamber a round, but it requires a manual assist or 'bump' of the operating handle to do so? If so, does it feed and fire the remainder of the clip Ok?

Onmilo
March 28, 2009, 03:08 PM
Usually, the problem is a bent or worn follower rod arm, a bent arm on the operating rod catch or a faulty en-bloc clip.
Every now and then it is a worn clip latch or broken clip latch spring but since your clip will latch down after the bolt rides over the clip, I am thinking the follower rod arm is bent.

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