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Field Stripping The M1 Garand
 

Few things in life are easier than field stripping an M1 Garand Rifle. Just as people were impressed many years ago with how easy it is to tear down a Model 1911 Colt pistol, they are smitten with the elegant simplicity of the M1 Garand.

Unload, empty, clear, check, or by whatever word you use make sure weapon is EMPTY - photo (C) 2000 MemorablePlaces.com
Check to make sure the rifle is unloaded! Note the W.W.II era blood drive poster. You don't need a transfusion from doing something stupid.

The first thing to do when preparing any work on any firearm, and indeed any time you so much as pick up a firearm is to 'clear' it. This simply means checking it fully and completely to make sure that it is not loaded and that no rounds, or shell casings remain in the magazine or chamber.

Even after clearing the weapon still make damn sure that the muzzle is always pointed in a safe direction. Never handle weapons when exhausted or under the influence of anything stronger than Pepsi-Cola.

If you ever run across any firearm that you are not 100 percent sure exactly how to check it to make sure it is unloaded, DON'T touch it. Get help from someone who knows what they are doing.

When the weapon is totally safe start field stripping by removing the trigger group...

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