Hmm, another unwitting soul wants to be buddies with 'Ol ThumbBuster.........They are
quite the firearm, and until one enjoys one, one can never fully appreciate what the GI's
in WWII experienced while carrying that Battle Beast.
April 5, 2010, 02:54 PM
Here's a site that has some pretty good info on disassembly/reassembly. The one shown is for the rifle, but there are separate sections for the trigger group, rear sight, etc. if you need to do a detail strip.
learn how to keep your thumb from getting crunched or grazed by the bolt closing during loading.
Also remember that the 30-06 ammo used in the Garand was not as high-pressure as the stuff coming out now. Unless you install a new gas plug to allow the safe use of new commercial ammo, DO NOT PUT ANY NEW COMMERCIAL AMMO INTO THE GARAND. The caps is for emphasis. Point is, the Garand was designed to handle a certain pressure, and the commercial rounds nowadays are much higher than that threshold; without the right gas plug you can seriously injure yourself and you will seriously injure your Garand.
April 5, 2010, 06:55 PM
Keep your thumb well clear of the action when closing the bolt. I never got bit but I've seen some real bloody and swollen thumbs as a result just a little itty bitty lack of attention. You will learn to love them however.
April 5, 2010, 09:16 PM
Use grease, not oil to lube the op rod. A good wheel bearing grease from the auto parts store will work well.
Check the op rod on your M1. At the dog-leg there should be a little semi-circular cutout. It was put there to relieve stress at that juncture. If there's a right angle there with no relief cut, it's not only a collector's item, it's dangerous to shoot. The older square-cut op rods will eventually fracture at the cut, damaging both rifle and shooter.
When you retract the bolt, pull back straight. If you pull the op rod handle back at an angle, the op rod can pull out of the diassembly notch in its track. It's then necessary to field strip the rifle to correct the jammed bolt.
That's all that occurs to me just now.
April 5, 2010, 09:34 PM
You dont have to worry about Garand thumb while loading the Garand as the rounds are in the way. Its really impossible .
It happens with a unloaded rifle, putting your digets where they dont belong.
I have shot many thousands of rds and never once even come close to having it happen.
Only thing I can tell you is its hard to buy only one Garand!
April 5, 2010, 09:37 PM
If there's a right angle there with no relief cut, it's not only a collector's item, it's dangerous to shoot. The older square-cut op rods will eventually fracture at the cut, damaging both rifle and shooter.
That's just not true. Well over a million op rods where produced before they started making the radius cut in the corner, and WW2 was won by our troops using uncut op rods. From a machining point of view, it certainly makes sense to not have sharp corners, but the uncut op rods are not dangerous to shoot, and there's no record that I know of of one damaging anything other than the op rod, and certainly not the shooter.
April 5, 2010, 09:57 PM
I agree, I have a SA 1944 Restoration that I occasionally shoot.
I do run the risk of possibly cracking the corner of the Op Rod someday but not a catastrophic failure
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