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Stripping/cleaning M1 Thompson

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by milemaker13, Jul 15, 2018.

  1. milemaker13

    milemaker13 Member

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    It has been several years or more since last shooting the M1... and I'll be darned if I can remember a thing about taking it down.
    I think there is a small button catch near the butt stock that will allow the receiver to slide apart..
    The bolt spring is a monster on this thing and of course it weighs so much it could literally act as a boat anchor, lol.
    Can anybody here help jog my memory?
     
  2. CapnMac

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    M1A1has a tab at the bottom rear of the receiver which lets you separate the upper from the lower.

    Then, you slide the buffer retainer straight down to free it.

    Then, carefully, remove the recoil spring.

    Pull the bolt back to the round notch and pull the handle straight out.

    Pretty simple, at least with the M1A1.

     
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  3. milemaker13

    milemaker13 Member

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    My buddy just told me he found someone else more familiar to clean his gun. I think its been sitting dirty since last summer!
     
  4. FL-NC

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    Wow. I'm at a loss. I had familiarization on it, fired it, took it apart, etc.- like 30 years ago. Can't remember a thing about it. I know I could still load and fire it.
     
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