Stripping the M1 Garand 
2009.08.31 09:26 - Guns, M1 Garand
Pole not included.

Seen over at SayUncle is a pictorial guide to field-stripping the M1 Garand, doing a partial detail strip of the receiver assembly, including a detail strip of the bolt.

I've done this a couple times myself, but I used the instructions over at the CMP's website. Short of disassembling the rear sights, I've had the rifle completely apart. It's fairly straightforward, but I do recommend having one or the other of the Garand combo tools. (I like the one that comes with the steel cleaning rod kit best, but the rod and other bits are useless and a half.)
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Range Notes - 2008-12-27 
2009.01.27 19:55 - Guns, Browning Hi-Power, M1 Garand, Meatspace Stupidity
This would be the much-overdue post I've been meaning to write since the end of last month. No promises about the quality of the writing.

So, the Saturday after Christmas, I collected my rather small arsenal, eighty-plus pounds of water in plastic bottles of varying size and shape and took my sister off to the gun range for a lesson in impractical pistol and rifle shooting. My father came along to dispose of a defunct chainsaw. More on that in a moment.

Dad was kind enough to drive, which is handy because fitting three people, a rifle, and all the water bottles in the passenger compartment of my car wasn't happening, also I was feeling pretty tired, as it was relatively early on a Saturday morning.

Off to the range we went, and were able to get signed in and set up while there were still lanes available. By the time we left, people were lining up for vacancies on the firing line.

I set my sister up with the Browning Hi-Power on the theory that the smallish steel-framed 9mm would be the most easily handled. This worked so well that I nearly had to wrestle it away from her to the other guns. Suffice to say, she had fun. She also quickly became an equal to or better shot than myself, which is mildly annoying.

While she entertained herself with the Hi-Power, I set up the Garand and put the first couple of shots down range. I am no longer worried about the bore. It's fine. Also, it's really impressive what 150 grains of .30-06 soft-point will do to a gallon jug of water.

To our right was another guy with a Garand. He appeared to be rather more serious about things than I am, and had himself a rest and homemade brass catcher and target stand. To our left was a handful of guys with AKs and ARs that appeared to be plinking away.

At the second all-clear, we dragged out the chainsaw. A fresh clip went into the Garand, and Dad was given the first shot. My sister took some after pictures, but nothing from beforehand. Trust me, it was a chainsaw once. By the time we left, there wasn't even much to scoop up and drop in the trash can, but we had some help from both sides (Garand guy asked permission, and we're pretty sure a few other souls just blazed away at anything downrange and target-like).

Finally, there was Mr. Wuss. Poor Wuss.
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Oi, my wallet! 
2008.12.28 22:43 - Guns, Browning Hi-Power, M1 Garand
Went to the gun range yesterday with father and sister, all five guns, 56 rounds of surplus .30-06, about 130 rounds of 9x19mm, about 200 rounds of 40S&W, and about 150 rounds of .357. This is about one-twelfth of my store of rifle ammo, and all of my pistol ammunition.

Dad and sister had a ball (nearly had to pry the Hi-Power out of my sister's hands), and sister is a surprisingly fair shot for all ten minutes of instruction I gave her. She shoots better than I do, actually, but there is past precedent for this.

Returned from range with all five guns, father and sister, 50 rounds of .40S&W, and 80 rounds of .357. I'm very glad my sister enjoyed herself, but 1) she's going to have to help pay for the ammo next time and 2) it is time and past time to buy something that shoots that cheap, cheap, cheap .22LR. Good gravy.

Also, I have five guns to clean this week. I may start asking for help with that, once I explain the finer points of why we use brass wire brushes on our guns.
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Doing some poking around in the blog 
2008.12.02 09:37 - Guns, M1 Garand, Magpul Masada/Bushmaster ACR, Site/Meta
Tagged all the Masada/ACR-related posts with an appropriate tag, and ditto for the M1 Garand posts. While I was at it, I also tagged the ACR posts with Internet Stupidity and several of the Garand ones with Zombie Preparedness.

I'm still looking forward to the ACR, mind. But some of my agitation comes from too much Internet.
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Slowly entering the present day ... 
2008.12.01 08:59 - Guns, M1 Garand, Zombie Preparedness
PDB points out a product that will be of interest to Garand devotees interested in keeping up with the tactical crowd.

Over at Tam's, a commenter suggests a period-correct substitute. Can't get 'em in your choice of black, khaki, or ARPAT, though.
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