One of the most important things
to remember about the M1 Garand's operation is that
the old rifles really like to be properly lubricated.
When originally manufactured M1s were made in such
a way that they could be fired dry, (and this was
done a lot in the Korean war thanks to the very
frigid temperatures being incompatible with the
grease), with 50 years worth of wear on most M1s
our opinion is that it is a good idea to lubricate
We have been lucky in that our local
surplus store has been stocking a grease known as
Plastilube. This is one of the two lubricants (the
other being Lubriplate) that we hav seen recommended
for use with the M1 most often.
In the photos below
you will see what is probably too much grease being
illustrated. We did this for photographic clarity
as smaller amounts did not show up well because
of the fill-flash.
Begin by lubricating the receiver,
specifically the area where the operating rod will
slide. then grease the inside area of the receiver
where the bolt will be moved back and forth as well
as the areas where the bolt lugs lock down.
Next lubricate the
bolt. Grease the bottom lightly and then the sides
as well as the lugs. Basically any portion of the
metal that will come into moving contact with other
metal parts gets a little bit of lubrication.
When you have lubed
these areas of the rifle sufficiently, replace the