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Garand-type safety: finger inside trigger guard?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by tdow, Jan 5, 2003.

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  1. tdow

    tdow Member

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    Looking through my copy of The Art of the Rifle , it seems as though Cooper advocates keeping the trigger finger inside the trigger guard instead of staying "indexed" when using a rifle with the Garand-type safety. Is this how it is supposed to be done? How does one reconcile this with "Put not thy faith in safety catches"?

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  2. buttrap

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    Well issue Garands have a really stiff trigger pull and its a big guard too, the key is its locked till you push forward before you pull back. A bit of M-1 ahh 101.
     
  3. GD

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    Another dumb safety is the SKS. I like how smooth it is but gosh, you've got to pull it back to take it off and it is along side the trigger! I never have gotten an AD with one but I could see it happening especially among the long fingered among us.
     
  4. DamnedDirtyApe

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    The M1 trigger guard safety is intuitive. For me, it just seems to be in exactly the right place, and can be found without fumbling or bumping a mag release or needing a whole lot of digital maneuvering...it's just "there" when you need it, without looking.

    I've caught myself unconsciously trying to operate it on my AR-15 while at the range, even though it ain't there! It's become an ingrained habit after just a few months of Garand ownership.

    Anybody know of any studies done on Garand AD's during the wars?
     
  5. DMK

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    I agree with that. That thing makes me nervous.

    I'd much rather have the safety like on my Garand and Marlin Camp Carbine.

    I don't see why you need to keep your finger in the guard though. I just rest my finger right above it.
     
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    I have a Marlin Camp as well as a Garand too. I prefer to keep the tip of my index finger pressing on the side of the safety until I am ready to deisengage it and fire, especially on the Marlin.
     
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    I typically disengage this safety with my thumb. I find the angle bad for using my index finger. Is this unusual?
     
  8. ReadyontheRight

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    MacPelto -- I do the same thing.

    I guess to follow the 4 rules, you don't relly need to put your finger in the trigger guard until you're ready to shoot. I've never really trusted safeties though. If I really want to be safe, I keep the rounds out of the chamber - easier to do on a bolt or lever gun than a Garand.
     
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    Sounds like a good tip. I never thought conciously about it, but I'll have to try that next time.
     
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