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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by eclancy, Nov 24, 2004.

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  1. eclancy

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    Hi all,
    ...Equipment Division Maintenance had a problem with the M1 Garand and Rain. Remember This file is dated Feb. 23, 1942 and the US is at WAR. It seems that there were failures to extract an empty case and the Bolt would be jammed shut. In this file Ordnance Field Service had come up with a number of quick answers to fix this probem. One of these answers is really wierd and a G.I. would have to carry an additional piece of equipment. What do you think was this wierd piece of equipment?? Yes this is for real I have the file with all the data.
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    "One of these answers is really wierd and a G.I. would have to carry an additional piece of equipment. What do you think was this wierd piece of equipment??"

    Was it a condom to place over the end of the barrel to keep rain out? If so, it lends new meaning to the phrase, "Always carry protection.".
     
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    Don't know, was it a condom?
     
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    Yup, I bet previous dudes are right,

    it's a condom.

    (Actually brought out in the film "The Big Red One",

    with Lee Marvin.)

    Either that,

    Or the cellophane wrapper from

    Lucky Strike Green ( goes to war.)
     
  5. George S.

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    Yep, condom. Kept rain out of the barrel.
     
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    Grease? Wasn't the problem that the rain was washing the oil lubricant off, causing problems? Army spent a bunch of money finding complicated solutions, finally asked Mr. Garand, and he said "Why not use grease?", thus why I'm using this "plastilube" stuff on my M1?
     
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    Hi all,
    Bridger, you have been reading my sites. Yes ,that was a answer but it's just one of the answers. It's not the one that I am looking for. This one is really weird.
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  9. eclancy

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    Hi all,
    The answer to this one is as follows:
    "3. Stricking the oprod handle with a two-by-four or other heavy piece of wood will, in such cases, start the bolt enough to permit the rest of the operation to be done by hand."
    So it would seem that in some cases Ordnance would have to issue 2 by 4's to units that are not near the woods.
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