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Thread: M1 Garand Questions: Lubrication

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    M1 Garand Questions: Lubrication

    1. What lubrication if any is put on the extractor, ejector, or firing pin?

    2. Do you lube the piston end of the op rod?

    We're having some issues with some of the VVA honor guard rifles, . . .

    Just need the advice on them.

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    Re: M1 Garand Questions: Lubrication

    I just lightly oil the extractor, ejector and firing pin, no lube on the end of the oprod.

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    Re: M1 Garand Questions: Lubrication

    Thank you, . . .

    That was the appearance of what I found, . . . but we've had them for a few years, . . . so no telling how we originally got them.

    So far, . . . I'm really beginning to suspect this one has a bad op rod, . . . the business end of it measures kind of oval shaped by about 2 to 2.5 thousandths. I understand it should read .525 to .526, . . . and it is reading .523 to .526.

    I was about half tempted to wrap it with some duct tape (lol) but I knew the boys from up and CMP ain't got no sense of humor when you mess with "their" rifles.

    I had a guy give me a couple Garand op rods some time back, . . . figured I was in duck soup, . . . got out the mike and they were even worse. Must by why he gifted them to me.

    Anyway, . . . thanks again, . . .

    Last thing to check, . . . only thing I didn't do, . . . gonna check the trigger group, . . . it's the only thing I didn't totally disassemble, . . . may take a whack at that tomorrow.

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    Re: M1 Garand Questions: Lubrication

    Shooting blanks?

    If so, thoroughly clean the bore and chamber. Especially the chamber. Blanks are extremely dirty and I have seen 1st hand receiver heel carnage resulted from dirty chambers. (3 separete instances)
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    Re: M1 Garand Questions: Lubrication

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel Trooper View Post
    Shooting blanks?

    If so, thoroughly clean the bore and chamber. Especially the chamber. Blanks are extremely dirty and I have seen 1st hand receiver heel carnage resulted from dirty chambers. (3 separete instances)
    Dirty ain't the word for this latest batch we got from CMP, . . . filthy is more like it.

    I got some "huh???" answers and looks when I got after them to clean the chamber. We've always used a bore snake and Hoppe's to clean out the bore, . . . seems to do a really good job.

    I found a tool, . . . looks like a screwdriver, . . . socket set universal joint up front, . . . can use either a brush or cotton swab, . . . gets in there and cleans it good from what we can see.

    But thanks for the heads up, . . . we're having a rifle cleaning party on the 13th, . . . we feed em blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, and bacon once a month from our church, . . . and we'll clean rifles just as soon as they eat and burp.

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    Re: M1 Garand Questions: Lubrication

    Dwight, all op rods wear as you have described. It is due to the wobbling effect of the gas cylinder no matter how tight it is. Your OP rod seems to he within specks. As measured. I'm inclined to agree that a good cleaning is in order.
    If so inclined, you may want to grease the pertinent areas, too. There is abundance if info on Google.
    I have found that Mobile One Grease and Synthetic Oil works just as well as the super duper expensive products out there.

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    Re: M1 Garand Questions: Lubrication

    If piston is oval and measures .5250 and smaller it is out of spec and needs to be replaced. Gas cylinder should also be gaged for wear
    I just donated my last spare op rod to a VFW or I would be glad to help you out. You might contact CMP customer service and explain they are VFW rifles and the worn out op rods. Its possible they may replace them for free or at a discount
    As far as oiling bolt internals at the most I put a drop of oil on my fingers and rub it onto the parts the wipe with rag. You don't want them wet. As already stated never grease or oil the piston or interior of gas cylinder

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    Re: M1 Garand Questions: Lubrication

    From CMP Forum on Kinhausens Book

    http://forums.thecmp.org/showthread.php?t=17687

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    Here is the CMP Article on lubing the Garand

    http://www.civilianmarksmanship.com/...mblefeed2.html

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    Re: M1 Garand Questions: Lubrication

    lube should never be used on the F pin...

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