Loading and Shooting the M1 Garand

Loading and Shooting the M1 Garand

The M1 Garand rifle is a .30 caliber, gas-operated, 8 shot clip-fed, semi-automatic rifle. Expanding gases from a fired cartridge are diverted into the gas cylinder. Here, the gases meet a long-stroke piston attached to the operating rod, which is pushed rearward by the force of this high-pressure gas. Then, the operating rod engages a rotating bolt inside the receiver. The bolt is attached to the receiver via two locking lugs, which rotate, unlock, and initiate the ejection of the spent cartridge and the reloading cycle when the rifle is discharged. The operating rod (and subsequently the bolt) then returns to its original position. The M1 Garand and its gas system was designed to operate with M1 Ball ammo. When reloading for the M1 it is important not to load ammo that will over-gas the system. If hot loads or some newer commercial ammunition is used, it can damage the operating rod. Many reloading sources have load data specifically for the M1 Garand rifle. For example, the load data I used came from the M1 Garand section of the Hornady manual. Thanks for watching.

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