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Got a new Springfield M1... and some questions

Discussion in 'Springfield Armory' started by BattleRifleG3, Mar 23, 2002.

  1. BattleRifleG3

    BattleRifleG3 G&G Evangelist

    I just picked up my new Springfield M1 Garand today. I was very impressed with its handling. Recoil is surprisingly low.
    But there were a few problems too.

    1.) About every other clip would eject about halfway through, leaving quite a jam. Anyone ever have this happen or know how to prevent it?

    2.) The rifle would not feed the first shot without assistance, except I think once. Is this normal? Or are the clips just too tight or need lubrication?

    3.) When my friend tried it, it would pass over the cartridges and feed nothing. When manually charged, it usually worked. Tight clip again?

    I'm still trying to find the best ammo to use as well. I know M2 is good, and AP as well. Anything else that competes with reloading? And what is the weight of the AP bullets?
  2. Stock Doc

    Stock Doc G&G Evangelist

    The clip latch spring is worn it is the spring on the lever on left side of receiver. When they loose tension they partially depress and when you fire it jerk inwards and pops the clip out.
    The Assistance needed is perfectly normal on op rod. The rounds are packed tightly in new clips and this is fine. If the clip was worn then the op rod would slam the first round home by itself.
    The pass over is in the way you are feeding it. I use one hand and depress the rod back with the outside of my hand above my pinky while pushing with my thumb on clip. I raise my thumb out as I tilt my right hand upwards releasing the op rod. After a bunch of these the back side of you're hand just below you're wrist starts to hurt. I was taught this in a class at Camp Perry and have done it ever since. Rick B

  3. lefty o

    lefty o G&G Evangelist

    i would also start with some new springs. and yeah youve sometimes got to give the op rod handle a little bump to get it to feed the first round.
  4. Mine would routinely dump the clip out anywhere from the 5th to the 8th round. Put a new clip latch and spring in and no improvement. I checked all the mag. components for wear and found them all at the lower end of the tolerances but none "worn out". Fought the $*@( thing for a few months and finally was advised to replace ALL the feed components: bullet guide, follower and etc. Did that and it works great! While no one of the individual components was totally worn out, the cumulative wear on everything added up to problems. So, I'd start with the clip latch spring and go from there. Just my experience.
    Hal Beatty
  5. DaveTinNY

    DaveTinNY G&G Newbie

    My Dad's retirement gift on Saturday :)

    So when my parents come to visit this weekend I'm presenting the SA 1944 Garand (with '65 barrel) to Dad on Saturday (he has no clue that he's getting it)... I've also bought him 400 rounds of M2 ball, a full cleaning kit and rifle carrying case... Problem is, he lives in NJ and can't bring it home until he gets a NJ firearm license; that may take up to six months. Ugh!

    I guess in the meantime he'll have to drive up here to NY on weekends to shoot with me. Oh well, he *will* be retired afterall and has just a little more time on his hands. ;-)

    I'm living vicariously through my (almost) retired parents. :) at 38, I've got a mere 30 more years of work ahead of me. UGH!

    Dave T
  6. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    sorry to hear your dads afflicted with NJ-itis. the only sure cure is to surgically remove NJ from him!!!, mayhaps you can get him to move to NY with you, it will take ten years off him instantly!!!!!:D
  7. DaveTinNY

    DaveTinNY G&G Newbie

    Lol, actually NJ is a great state, fortunately most people have no idea about about the nicer areas or it would become more crowded than it already is. It's those that see only Newark Airport or ride on the NJ Turnpike near NYC that think the whole state is like that urban sprawl. Unfortunately, being surrounded by major cities like NY and Philly, the city folks tend to flock to the "burbs." Where my parents live (and where I grew up) in the northwestern part of the state, white tailed deer, black bear, turkey, fox, bobcats (even Cougars have been spotted just across the Delaware River in PA) and a multitude of other wildlife are pretty abundant. The ocean beaches are among the nicest in the country - I been to many in the U.S. and the NJ Shore is still my fave. And the ocean water *is* clean too. I love my native state. :)
    The NJ gun laws (and taxes) do ****, yes.

    Dave T
  8. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    hey DaveTinNY, i was born and raised in camden county, nj. after 48 years of watching more taxes and more gun restrictions, fewer places to shoot hunt etc; i had the opportunity to escape to Guntucky!!!!!!! been here six years, its great the only restrictions on guns here is how much you have to spend LOL!! theres a great public range about fifteen minutes from home if i ever get to go there (health issues). but i guess dads set in his ways too. if you can't get dad to take the garand, make me an offer i can't refuse!!!!!:D
  9. Papa G you forgot to mention another benefit of living in the Deeeep South, you can actually hunt deer, bear and wild hogs with your M1! Poor guys like Rick B. that live in a scattergun/muzzleloader only state have to be content with busting bulls instead of bucks with their fine rifles. My heart goes out to them! It's also a lot warmer down here too!

    Regards from a pure breed suth'ner
    WildBill ;)
  10. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    greetings wildbill, yea i fergot 'bout the hunting,ican't . but hey its still there ain't it?? when i moved to kentucky one of the guys at work asked,"how do you like the south?" to which i said, i'll let you know when i get there!!; he says,"well then what do you call the south?" i says Lousiana, mississippi, georgia, and south carolina!!!! busted his bubble!!!;) :D
  11. Stock Doc

    Stock Doc G&G Evangelist

    Yah Ohio ****s for that but I hunt P.A. and have all my life.I love the Model 94 and can make a great shot since I dont panic. My darn 94 is like a extention of my eye and I never think about it when I shoot. I've taken 4 Ohio deer with my 870 and hate it but some years I hunt here or both states. I hunt small game anywhere and like Black powder here not P.A. Muzzle loading is tough and to many chances for failure with this high humidity area.
  12. Stock Doc

    Stock Doc G&G Evangelist

    Hey it bleeped out a non bad word. I said Suc&s and it didnt like it hahahahahaha. Wow times have changed hehehehehe. Rick B
  13. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    now come on stock doc, wouldn't you rather nail a buck with that M1? then fix bayonet and procede to field dress it:rolleyes:
  14. Stock Doc

    Stock Doc G&G Evangelist

    Yes I would but the bayo may be a tough one hahahahha. One day I will do it. I wonder if I make the rifle fire one shot at a time and only hold 5 if it would be legal in P.A.? Rick B
  15. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    i'm no eggsbert:D but technically i would say you could:cool: HOWEVER, my bet is the bambi wardens, and maybe other law inforcement might hassle you over it:mad: i can hear the hills echoing with, IT IS, IT IS NOT, IT IS, IT IS NOT!!!!!!!:p