Garand thumb

Discussion in 'Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion' started by bobbyb13, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. bobbyb13

    bobbyb13 New Member

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    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.
     
  2. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    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.
     

  3. markerdown

    markerdown New Member

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    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
     
  4. warrioroftheland

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    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.
     
  5. WILDCATT

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    m1 thumb

    as you know you place you right hand palm in at front of handle,and push back with back of hand.place 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
     
  6. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    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.
     
  7. AcidFlashGordon

    AcidFlashGordon New Member

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    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.
     
  8. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Garand thumb is almost a rite of passage.

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

    ...yet. ;)
     
  9. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    If you do it once you learn real quick and won't do it again
     
  10. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    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. ;)
     
  11. Bill of Ojai

    Bill of Ojai New Member

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    LOTS of M1 Thumb in military high school/ROTC. The armorer ( a student) also figured removal of that little pin in the magazine well that allows all the guts to fly out when the slide is pulled back.

    Several hundred cadets did that during an inspection by General Curtis Lemay.
    The drill field and other school grounds never looked so clean as in the few weeks after that event.

    Always loved the Garand.
     
  12. Gutpile

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    Seen it three time in a row

    I was in a gunshop where a customer was checking out a Garand. One of the employees demonstrated how to load it and then handed the rifle over. The customer instantly slammed his thumb into the action. He tried it again and slammed his thumb once more. Now, everyone in the store was watching the third attempt...and to everyones dismay, he slammed his very raw looking thumb again and bought the rifle anyway.
     
  13. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Well, you can't say the guy doesn't have enthusiasm. :eek:
     
  14. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Boy we are sure getting a lot of dredge operators around here lately......:D