CMP Offering online M1 Maintenance Clinic

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Last year the CMP began offering armorer-level classes at its facilities but these sold out fast. Now the non-profit marksmanship organization originally set up to provide shooting instruction on behalf of the Army to the citizens of the Republic is offering for the first time a $25 online class that will walk you through the care and maintenance of a M1 Garand rifle--the gun that Gen George S Patton called "the greatest battle implement ever devised".

More than 6.5 million Garands were made for the US military between 1936-1957 and an estimated million are now in private hands around the country. The Springfield Armory M1A currently offered new is a near carbon copy of the M1, with the exception that it uses a detachable box mag and more often comes in 7.62x51mm-- but many of the same maintenance tips would apply.

From the CMP:

"Registration is now open for the CMP's online M1 Maintenance Clinic, for those wishing to learn more about assembly, disassembly, cleaning and other techniques used to ensure your rifle's peak performance. The clinic will be the first live online class ever offered by CMP.

John McLean, CMP Custom Shop manager, will be the lead instructor during the online course. McLean has over a decade of experience with CMP and has also been a lifetime firearm enthusiast.

The M1 Maintenance Clinic will begin on Feb. 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. EST open to a limit of 100 participants. The clinic will run for approximately 90 minutes. An entry fee of $25 will be due for those wanting to login to the class. Downloadable versions of the videos presented during the online clinic will be available for an additional $25.

For those unable to register for the first M1 Maintenance Clinic, dates for additional online courses will be announced in the coming weeks. The clinic is anticipated to be the first of many the CMP will offer in the future, in an attempt to further benefit fellow firearm enthusiasts.

The clinic will be conducted through a series of video presentations. John McLean will be on hand to answer any questions participants may have during the clinic, through a live instant messaging format.

John McLean, CMP Custom Shop manager, will lead the instruction through streaming video presentations. Live interaction will also be available through an instant messaging format for any questions that may arise during the demonstrations.

The course will identify tools and equipment needed to effectively maintain the M1 rifle. Participants wanting to receive their own copies of the presentations included during the clinic will be able to download them for an additional fee.

McLean has spent over a decade with the CMP, working hands-on with rifle maintenance from the beginning. He began as an armorer in 2003 and was later promoted to technical advisor. In 2006, he was moved into the new Planning, Production and Control department, where he eventually served as manager. Six years later, in 2012, McLean was instrumental in the creation and management of the new CMP Custom Shop, where he restores rifles on a daily basis and is the lead instructor of the widely popular Advanced Maintenance Clinic.

The video presentations during the course will touch on such subjects as basic disassembly and cleaning of the M1 rifle. Close-up shots during the presentation will make it simple to see the smaller components of the rifle maintenance process.

Outside of work, he is a high power shooter, reloader, collector and general firearms enthusiast. McLean's long list of credentials, attention to detail and patience with instructing others will provide a relaxed and informative setting for maintenance clinic participants.

Topics that will be discussed by McLean during the online clinic include:

Basic Disassembly
Internal Disassembly
Front End Disassembly
Rear Sight Disassembly
Internal Reassembly
Front End Assembly
Reassembly and Lubrication
Basic Cleaning
Trigger Group
Head Spacing
Gas Cylinder Gauge
Hand Guard Pliers
Rear Sight Pinion

To register, please use the following link:

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