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bobbyb13 06-13-2009 05:46 PM

Garand thumb
First time I ever witnessed this. Young man in the shop looking at a M1 Garand. You guessed it. Slamed shut on his thumb. I am sorry, but after we got it "off" him, I had to go in back, mashed the heck out of his thumb.

spittinfire 06-13-2009 06:45 PM

I don't want to even guess what that felt like. I'm sure he'll be happy with his new thumb nail in a month or so.

And bobby, I still love old cars, guns, and my wife. The torment of the spide will end tomorrow.

markerdown 06-13-2009 07:30 PM

Hey, it happens to everyone who ever owns, or used one in the military one at least once. More than that if you didn't pay attention the first time.

If anyone ever says "it never happened to me" then they never used the weapon for any length of time. It will get you. And I personally can tell you, hell yes it hurts and it's always amusing when it happens to someone else..............markerdown

warrioroftheland 06-13-2009 08:58 PM

this happened to a guy i was in rotc with in high school. the M1's didnt fire but you could lock it open and them slam it closed. we wasnt suppost to but a few of the pfc's thought it would be fun to play with the weapons and one wasnt paying attenion. we laughed for weeks at him.

WILDCATT 06-13-2009 10:49 PM

m1 thumb
as you know you place you right hand palm in at front of handle,and push back with back of thumb on cartridges and push down till it locks holding handle back with back of hand roll hand up and let handle go forward.
your thumb will be no wear near the bolt. :rolleyes: :eek: :D

cpttango30 06-14-2009 02:17 AM

Boy I remember when I did it. I think it is like a right of passage. It is kind of like seeing your first playboy only not as enjoyable. That hurt so bad I lost my thumb nail over that.

AcidFlashGordon 07-06-2009 02:43 PM

I remember many decades ago when my Father brought a Garand home to show us kids. We were living with my Aunt and Uncle at the time (9 kids in the household) and dear old Dad was demonstrating the disassembly and operation of the weapon. He was showing us the bolt operation and then gave the weapon to one of my cousins. Guess what? He got the M1 Thumb and screamed bloody murder. The rest of us laughed our asses off. No one else made that mistake and followed my Father's instructions to the letter.

Currently, I'm browsing Guns America looking to purchase my own Garand so it's highly possible that I'll suffer the fate of other Garand owners and have a very vividly colored thumb in the near future.

CA357 07-06-2009 05:10 PM

Garand thumb is almost a rite of passage.

...and no, I haven't experienced it.

...yet. ;)

opaww 07-06-2009 07:30 PM

If you do it once you learn real quick and won't do it again

CA357 07-06-2009 07:39 PM

I was a carpenter for most of my life and I've still got all my digits. Common sense and good timing. A little luck doesn't hurt either. ;)

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