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The infamous M1 Garand "ping" sound

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by superpunchy, Jul 11, 2009.

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  1. superpunchy

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    Is there a way to get rid of the annoying "ping" sound that the M1 Garand makes whenever it fires the last shot and the clip is ejected? Has anyone ever made such a modification or know of someone who has? If so how did they do it?
     
  2. cowhide1

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    ANNOYING??? Its a freaking symphony!!! ( I would not be saying that if I were in a foxhole with the bad guy 10 feet from me) but I love it!
     
  3. General Geoff

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    you think that's annoying?? I think most people around here love it :D


    To eliminate that sound, you have to dampen the impact between metal pieces, the easiest and most reliably functioning way to do this would probably be to rubber-coat the en bloc clips, at least from the outside surfaces. I'm sure you'll get better ideas from other folks who actually own Garands, though..
     
  4. smee781

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    How dare you! That is one of the best sounds in the world.:mad:
     
  5. Heck

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    I love the sound when i hear it in the movies but have never heard it when shooting with hearing protection.
     
  6. CapnMac

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    Yeah, there's a very reliable way.

    Fire seven rounds then hit the release, you'll get a loose round and the en-bloc clip too, which will make more of a "clatter" sound.
     
  7. jeremy1391

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    that is a perty sound :)
    The way soldiers overcame letting the enemy know they were reloading they kept a few empty enblocs in a cargo pocket and would ping em off the receiver so Japanese and german soldiers would use the lull in firing to react to the Americans to find that ol' G.I. Joe had rounds left in his rifle :)
     
  8. briansmithwins

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    Run a few dozen clips thru the Garand w/o hearing protection.

    You won't hear the 'ping' anymore.

    BSW
     
  9. 61chalk

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    I Love that ping, even with ear plugs in it sounds great...I seen a guy here on THR that actually made a wind chime out of them!!!!
     
  10. ar10

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    Simple:
    shoot one round at a time. :D
     
  11. WNTFW

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    A few years back my nephew saw my Garand and knew what it was. I asked my sister if it was OK to show my nephew the Garand.
    After the clip ejected he said "Oh that is what makes that sound". After questioning how he knew the Garand & how it made "that sound"; it was from playing video games.
    Don't know on the ping. I won't give you the Unamerican lecture.
     
  12. AnthonyC.

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    I am about to buy an M1 garand just so I can hear the ping! At the range that I go to, when you hear the ping, everyone looks around to see who has the garand, and then everyone wants one!

    Why the heck would you buy a garand if you dont like the famous "ping" at the end?:confused::confused::confused::confused::confused:
     
  13. TexasPatriot.308

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    the ping of the M1 clip/mag, the ineffectiveness of the M16 in combat. both had good and bad points. the M1 had a deadly manstopper, the M16, the .223 round that would not stop an enemy soldier and still wont that is hopped up on adrenalin, drugs or religion. I served in '72 & 73, I was lucky to get my hands on a M14 and if I didnt I prayed to get a hold of an AK. too bad politics still keep the anemic 5.56 as our soldiers lifeline.
     
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    Love it!!!
     
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    You could sell it. I might know a guy who could give you $300-$350 depending on how annoying the ping is.




    Ha!
     
  17. Rosstradamus

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    Get a Holbrook Thumb Saver, which replaces the op rod catch. It took me just a few minutes to install, and I'm not especially mechanical. Once in place, the bolt no longer flies forward when you insert a clip. It also prevents the clip from automatically shooting out after the last round is fired and making that "Ping!" sound. The Thumb Saver lets you load single rounds too. You can switch it back out and return your M1 to normal in another few minutes. $45 from Mr. Holbrook (Google him). He has had ads in Shotgun News for years.
     
  18. Colosseum

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    I love that sound.

    When I fired my first full en-bloc clip through my CMP M1 and heard the ping for the first time, it made me really happy. :p
     
  19. Uncle Mike

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    Somebody make it a ringtone....:D

    :D
     
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    How is the "ping" bad? In combat, you've already fired 8 loud rounds, thus guiving away your position. then, Ifthe ping is heard by a german, he still has to deal with your buddies. I realy doubt that the ping is a liabilitiy in combat.
     
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    Soldiers used to carry extra clips with them. In a firefight, they would "throw" that extra clip down, and nail the enemy when he pops his head up.
     
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    I asked the last of the Gun Club’s WWII vets, Sammi, a guy who was second wave on Okinawa and Iwo Jima invasion about enemy soldiers reacting to the “ping”.

    My recollection is not exact, but his physical reaction was as though this was a ridiculous idea brought about by someone who had never been in combat. His verbal reaction was “ah, no”.

    I believe combat is very noisy. There are lots of people around. And it was not like some “Mano e Mano” mythological Western gunfight. Nor apparently is it like an on line video game where you will be reborn in the spawning point. In real life, one death is all you get. You jump out and expose yourself based on a "ping", there are likely 20 guys in that position with loaded guns. And once visible, there are lots of hidden eyes with hidden guns that have just found you.

    Also, if someone is close enough to hear the ping, they are close enough to roll a grenade on you. Without having to leave the safety of their fox hole.
     
  23. elktrout

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    Recently, I was shooting my Garand off the bench next to my brother-in-law, who knew little of Garands. When the enbloc ejected and "pinged", he asked "What was that?". When I told how the gun functioned by ejecting the enbloc, he replied, "that thing is neat!".

    I second that.
     
  24. Maverick223

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    I third that...many a M1 has been bought due to the sound, but I doubt many have sold because of it. The M14 would be a solution to the glorious "ping", but it still isn't a Garand. :D
     
  25. chrissmallwood

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    The only way I know of to do it is to install a Holbrook Thumbsaver Device. It replaces the op rod catch and when inserting a clip requires you to pull back on the op rod handle to release the bolt. It also eliminates the auto clip ejection feature, to release the clip you hit the side eject button.
     
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