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The Order Of The Purple Thumb

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ndh87, May 22, 2006.

  1. ndh87

    ndh87 Well-Known Member

    im just curious as to how many people on here have had their thumb mashed in the bolt of an M1 Garand. I lost a bit of skin off my thumb to a Garand bolt.
  2. SomeKid

    SomeKid Well-Known Member

    Funny you asked this one.

    Just last week I finally took my M1 out, and I got my M1 thumb while cleaning. (Not at the range mind you.) I don't care, it is still one of my favorite guns.
  3. Commissar Gribb

    Commissar Gribb Well-Known Member

    never happened to me

    I've got a pretty nasty blood blister from a slide pinch (handgun) before
  4. GunnySkox

    GunnySkox Well-Known Member

    I got a little Mini-thumb action once. It didn't give my bruises or blood blisters or anything, but I did totally crunch up my thumb 'neath the bolt of my Mini-14 once.

  5. Feanaro

    Feanaro Well-Known Member

    Two injuries, one of which qualifies for the Purple Thumb award, me thinks. I've slammed the bolt of my SKS on my wee thumb. :scrutiny: I've caught the web of my hand in the bolt of my M48A Yugo. :uhoh:
  6. GunnySkox

    GunnySkox Well-Known Member

    Ah! I almost M48'd myself, too! I had my right hand wrapped around the grip (I'm left handed) while I was in the process of figuring out how I'd be reaching over the gun to handle the bolt (what with being left-handed and all), and I lift and yank the bolt straight back over top of the web of my right thumb. I didn't tear it but GEEEEE-YAWD that hurt.

  7. RocketMan

    RocketMan Well-Known Member

    I have yet to suffer an M1 thumb.
    Being a Garand owner, the operative word here is "yet".
  8. LiquidTension

    LiquidTension Well-Known Member

    One of our forum members let me shoot his M1 at the range and he instructed me on how to NOT get M1 thumb. Fingolfin, thanks for letting me shoot your rifle. And :cuss: you for making me realize how much I need one.
  9. 10 Ring Tao

    10 Ring Tao Well-Known Member

    <---- M1 Thumb Club member #9834759834759837
  10. mbs357

    mbs357 Well-Known Member

    I haven't gotten one yet...don't even have an M1.
    Can't wait though!
  11. mete

    mete Well-Known Member

    I seemed that all the guys that I knew that were in ROTC had the problem !! I knew someone who did it with a Browning Auto shotgun. The extractor went through the thumb, bone and all .Talk about pain !!
  12. MuzzleBlast

    MuzzleBlast Well-Known Member

    Yep. If you are always paying very close attention when closing the bolt, it won't bite you. Just don't let your attention slip.
  13. flatdog

    flatdog Well-Known Member

    TWICE, slow learner?
  14. Yakko

    Yakko Well-Known Member

    Two days after I got my first M1. I didn't lose any skin but it was a nice purple for about a week.
  15. Ky Larry

    Ky Larry Well-Known Member

    I was trained in the use Of the M1 Garand in Air Force basic training. IIRC, the instructor told us if he saw any of us using our thumb to insert a magazine, he was gong to insert our private parts into the rifle and close the bolt. Don't remember much abut that training but I didn't mash my thumb.
  16. foghornl

    foghornl Well-Known Member

    Haven't done that with my M1, but I did manage to slam the bolt home on my brother's new Rem 1100 shotgun.....

    "hmmmm...I wonder what that little shiny thing way back in the reciever does? Guess I'll push it and see what happens...

    :what: :eek: :what: :eek: :what: :eek:
  17. foghornl

    foghornl Well-Known Member

    Haven't done that with my M1, but I did manage to slam the bolt closed on my brother's new Rem 1100 shotgun, right on the web between thumb & first finger.......

    "hmmmm...I wonder what that little shiny thing way back in the reciever does? Guess I'll push it and see what happens..."

    :what: :eek: :what: :eek: :what: :eek:
  18. TC66

    TC66 Well-Known Member

    Guilty as charged on my Remington 11-87. Getting an M1 in 2 months so lets hope I learned what not too do when I get the M1.
  19. ebd10

    ebd10 Well-Known Member

  20. AJAX22

    AJAX22 Well-Known Member

    I got snapped by my buddies dad's M1,

    Mike: Now be carefull when you're loading it, it can snap and get you.

    Me: I know, I know, I've heard all about M1 Thumb.


    Me: Yeowwwwwwch

    Mike: Ha ha ha, here let me show you how to do it


    Mike: Yeowwwwwwch

    Me: Ha ha ha

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