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Field Stripping The M1 Garand

Removing The Trigger Group

First, release the bolt and let it slide forward in a controlled manner.

Pull up and back on the trigger guard - photo (C) 2000
Rotating the trigger guard up and forward (toward the muzzle).

Next invert the weapon and firmly pull back (toward the buttstock) on the rear portion of the trigger guard. On milled triggers some people place a dowel through the hole in the rear portion of the guard in order to obtain a little more leverage.

Pull up and forward (toward the muzzle) on the trigger on the trigger guard. Since we have previously cleared the weapon, we do not have to cock it. However had the weapon foolishly not been cleared, performing this action would have cocked the hammer and locked it into the down position.

Lifting the trigger group out of the rifle

Next pull straight up on the trigger guard. This will free the trigger group from the buttstock of the rifle. It does not take a lot of pulling to do this. If anything sticks at this point there may be a problem.

Now set the trigger group aside in a safe place and then prepare to go to the next step:

Removing the buttstock from the rifle...

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