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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The Big Man
The Big Man

Very nice rifle and great video. There is a place in my heart for the M1.. Thanks for sharing and I am looking forward to seeing the progress as you travel down this path.

William C Chapin
William C Chapin

Your rifle is looking good! I’m at a similar point with my CMP Garand. I’ve had it out a few times now, shooting the 150 Hornady FMJ with H4895. Interestingly enough, I grabbed a 500 round Ammo Can of that PPU M1 ammo from a friend’s shop earlier today! I wanted something for others to shoot when they are interested in the rifle, and for when I take it to places that require factory ammo. Like you, I hand rubbed 5 coats of Minwax Tung Oil Finish into the stock. I think we both will have a lot of fun… Read more »

NickJ
NickJ

Good video, hope to see more. Still haven’t shot my M1 yet !!

Thorsaxe
Thorsaxe

When you bench the rifle, put the rest behind the sling swivel, you shouldn’t have anything touching the forward handguard because that will put pressure on the barrel. anyway. You have got a shooter, straight out of the box bone stock it is showing good signs of accuracy. I didn’t steer you wrong on those Hornady 168gr. Give the speer a try. Btw, your group with those (Please don’t take this the wrong way) is a marksmanship thing, something shifted or you were holding different at the time the gun recoiled or your sight alignment was off. I believe those… Read more »

DRAGON64
DRAGON64

I have better luck shooting my M1 with the rifle sitting on the rest behind the stacking swivel, instead of the front hand guard.