Many would-be target shooters are skittish of the M1 Garand as they have heard that it has a nasty bite. They have heard horror stories about the Garand Thumb, caused when the powerful main spring slams the user's thumb between the bolt the receiver. This can make things worse instead of better — the nervous user does something awkwardly that jars the bolt loose and Here is how to safely load an M1 Garand:. While the whole point of this exercise is to insert ammunition into the rifle, make certain that you are starting in a known safe condition.
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The M1 Garand is an American -made service rifle. Firing in the same caliber as the Springfield,. It is semi-automatic, making it faster than a bolt action, has peep sights, making it easier and faster to line up targets than older leaf sights with a large front sight to assist in aiming, and reloads via an 8-round en-bloc clip, which allows it to be reloaded more quickly than magazine fed rifles and stripper clip rifles, and it's gas operation reduces the recoil compared to bolt action rifles. It also has more rounds available in a single clip than most other rifles. All in all, the M1 Garand was the most technologically advanced battle rifle for the majority of the war until the German Sturmgewehr 44 was put into service.