Re: when and where was your !st encounter with the m1 garand
I too had Junior ROTC at Natrona County High School, Casper, WY in 64, 65.
US Rifle, Caliber .30, M1. It is a gas operated, air cooled, clip fed, semi automatic, shoulder weapon. I think that's right, it's been almost 50 years.
We did the old field strip and reassemble blindfolded thing. Most of the rifles didn't have firing pins but a few did. A few times the instructors would take a few of us out on the prairie to do some shootin' on weekends.
yes, the weapon can be cocked in the manner previously described but caution must be used as the entire trigger group can exit the weapon during this procedure
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