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Old 03-29-2013, 6:52 PM
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I'd love to try that beast out.
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I trained with one in bootcamp back in the early sixties. Being that the magazine loads from the top, BEWARE IF THE DREADED M-1 THUMB!
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Nice M1!
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My Granddad told me they wouldnt allow him to take home his service weapons.
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Family heirloom, man. Keep it nice and pass it on to your kids, with the story.

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OP:
There are a couple of books out there to do reserarch on your Grandfather carbine.
After I bought my carbine I bought "U.S. M1 Carbines" (Wartime Production) by North Cape Publications, lots of useful information.
As for the M2 variant, you need more than just the fire control parts.
There has to be a couple of small notches machined I believe on the trigger housing for the select fire parts beside the notch in the stock for the lever.
Inland and Winchester were the only contractors to manufacture M2 carbines during WWII.
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Thanks, ill check that out
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I trained with one in bootcamp back in the early sixties. Being that the magazine loads from the top, BEWARE IF THE DREADED M-1 THUMB!
U mean due to loading the ammo into the mag right?

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U mean due to loading the ammo into the mag right?
No. The M-1s we shot, the magazines dropped in from the top. You would perform that manuver by shoving the magazine down with your thumb and then it was a race to get your thumb back out of the action before the bolt slammed shut.
That was fifty two years ago when I was a U.S. Navy recruit down in San Diego. They bussed us up to the Camp Pendelton Marine weapons range for a "day" of rifle training. Other than that, the Navy would only "let" each of us handle a leaded barrel bolt action Springfield 30-06 on a daily basis (eighty days) while marching everywhere we went.
I'm a little surprised by your post name that you asked, but maybe the phase out of the M-1 was before your service time.
That "M-1 thumb" expression still makes me laugh.
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No. The M-1s we shot, the magazines dropped in from the top. You would perform that manuver by shoving the magazine down with your thumb and then it was a race to get your thumb back out of the action before the bolt slammed shut.
That was fifty two years ago when I was a U.S. Navy recruit down in San Diego. They bussed us up to the Camp Pendelton Marine weapons range for a "day" of rifle training. Other than that, the Navy would only "let" each of us handle a leaded barrel bolt action Springfield 30-06 on a daily basis (eighty days) while marching everywhere we went.
I'm a little surprised by your post name that you asked, but maybe the phase out of the M-1 was before your service time.
That "M-1 thumb" expression still makes me laugh.
I think you were shooting the M1 Garand rather than the M1 Carbine. The Garand uses en bloc clips that you load from the top as you describe. The carbine uses detachable magazines at the bottom.
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No. The M-1s we shot, the magazines dropped in from the top. You would perform that manuver by shoving the magazine down with your thumb and then it was a race to get your thumb back out of the action before the bolt slammed shut.
That was fifty two years ago when I was a U.S. Navy recruit down in San Diego. They bussed us up to the Camp Pendelton Marine weapons range for a "day" of rifle training. Other than that, the Navy would only "let" each of us handle a leaded barrel bolt action Springfield 30-06 on a daily basis (eighty days) while marching everywhere we went.
I'm a little surprised by your post name that you asked, but maybe the phase out of the M-1 was before your service time.
That "M-1 thumb" expression still makes me laugh.
That was the M1 Garand. You're supposed to use the side of your hand to hold the bolt back when you load it to prevent it from getting your thumb. The M1 Carbine is its little brother.

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M1 carbine has detachable magazine loaded from the bottom like a AR 15 would
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It was definately a Garand afternoon of shooting at the USMC range! We got back on our bus headed to bootcamp with all thumbs on board Thanks all for clearing that up.

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