Part name: Stock / Buttstock
Part Function: The Buttstock
or Stock of the rifle is used to
support the main assemblies of the rifle and to
aid in stabilizing the weapon against the shoulder.
It is also a repository for rifle cleaning equipment.
Special Notes: Most M1 Stocks
were made of walnut though they are also seen in
beech, birch, laminates, fiberglass, and plastic.
Cleaning kit holes in buttstock.
Other items of interest in this
photograph: Captured Jap Map.
The map pictured here under the M1 Garand
buttstock was found in a footlocker which once belonged
to a serviceman. The man's family had thrown the
trunk out and I was lucky enough to find it before
the garbage collectors did.
This is of Tinian Island and
is 72,000 to 1 scale. Tinian, as you probably know,
is the island south of Saipan where the Marines
slugged it out and were burdened by one of the most
horrific battles of World War II. Many good men
died to wrest this place from the hands of the enemy.
Allow me to let the late Lane
Smith tell you a bit more about Tinian:
"The Marine's amphibious
landing at Tinian (one of the Marianas Islands)
is remembered as the pinnacle of the art, combining
outstanding intelligence, planning, gutsy command
decisions, close coordination of all support assets
and brutal execution. The conquest of
Guam, Saipan, and Tinian provided forward airfields,
allowing US B-29s to begin their devastating attacks
on mainland Japan."
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The limited help that I have
gotten so far, says that there is nothing interesting
from a military standpoint on the map except for
farms and a few ports. There are No bunkers,
airfields, or military bases. The map is not dated,
but since the Japanese militarized the island, then
this must be a map of the island before the invasion.
Stock shown in final assembly.
page was last updated on: March 14, 2002