NMC shooting with the M1 Garand

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The sitting and prone rapid fire stages of the National Match Course were changed to a two and eight sequence when John Garand’s M1 became our issue service rifle. Given the design’s eight round en block clip, loading with eight is obviously no issue. Setting up two rounds can be accomplished without too much fuss by twisting the cartridges in a standard clip. Given this is done before record time begins, it may be fiddly but not a major hassle.

Here’s how to make this procedure easier:

How to make two-round Garand clips
http://www.fulton-armory.com/%5Cfaqs%5CM1G-FAQs%5C2clip.htm

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1895311304/aggressive-engineering-m1-garand-clip-steel-parkerized

Handling single rounds for the slow fire phase remains awkward. John Tate explains how to make this more convenient.

It’s nice to see all the emphasis on M1 shooting and use in competition. One awkward aspect was loading for slow fire prone. Then I was given a “single shot clip.” What a wonderful assist!

The essence is a standard M1 clip is modified so that it can be inserted into an otherwise empty M1 receiver, where it remains due to a lip that catches on the side of the receiver “rail.” Then, with the bold locked to the rear, the follower in combination with the clip’s lips (R or L) will retain a cartridge just as would an M14 magazine.

To shoot, just push in a cartridge, and release the bolt in the identical fashion to an M14.

If you were an M1 shooter, you would understand what a blessing this is, especially in prone where inserting a cartridge is a pain (it will slip back out due to the muzzle being elevated), or tripping the bolt (just plain awkward in prone).

M1 Garand single shot sled:

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M1 Garand Resources

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From John Tate

Here are some M1 info links. Some are appropriate for pure beginners; some a bit more advanced; none are very advanced.

Rifle Marksmanship with the M1 Garand Rifle

https://www.warhistoryonline.com/whotube-2/m1-garand-rifle-marksmanship.html

This is an excellent video for those who would like to know more about M1 Garand Rifle shooting. They are great for both the beginner and the expert who needs a refresher. The series focuses on the M1 but the techniques can be applied to any rifle. part one covers sling usage and shooting positions.


M-1 Garand Tips & Tricks series:

http://www.examiner.com/article/tips-and-tricks-for-the-m-1-garand

http://www.examiner.com/article/m-1-garand-tips-tricks-part-2-cleaning-lubrication-ammo-spare-parts

http://www.examiner.com/article/m-1-garand-tips-tricks-part-3-malfunctions-accuracy-improvements

M1 Service and Maintenance

http://www.ssusa.org/articles/2015/7/15/m1-garand-service-and-maintenance/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=insider&utm_campaign=0715

United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1 (M1 Garand) Unreliable

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Debates about whether or not the current service rifle is good enough are not new. It seems when a rifle reaches legendary status, said rifle is deemed infallible. Things like the AK-47 with its legendary status have the myth that the weapon is unjammable, a myth perpetuated because of its history and status.

ARMY: Report on the Garand
Mar. 24, 1941
Time Magazine

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,884292-1,00.html
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