Part name: Clip Latch
Part Function: The Clip Latch
retains the clip in the M1 rifle until the last
cartridge is fired whereupon it is moved out of
the way by the tail end of the operating rod catch
and allows the clip to eject. The Clip Latch
is also used to manually unload the weapon without
Clip Latch Pin
fastens the clip latch and the clip latch spring
on to the left hand side of the receiver (frame)
of the M1 Garand.
The Clip Latch Spring
provides pressure to the clip latch thus moving
the clip latch into position to hold the clip in
place until the operating rod catch pulls the clip
latch down in order to eject the clip.
Clip Latch Parts
Special Notes: The top of the
picture shows the Clip Latch Pin, on the left is
the Clip Latch Spring and on the right is the Clip
Latch itself inverted as seen from 'behind'. When
there is no pressure on it, the clip latch should
move freely with firm pressure.
Other items of interest in this
photograph: Dog Tags. Though M1s
are best known for being carried by those in the
Army and the Marines, M1 Rifles were also used by
the Navy and the Air Force for various duties. The
top dog tag is a W.W.II era Navy Dog Tag, the bottom
is a Korean War era Air Force Tag. Dog Tags were
a means to identify bodies of men killed in action.
Note the 'tooth slot' on the Air Force Tag. Tags
were jammed between the teeth of corpses after death
and before transport so as not to be lost.
Clip Latch, Clip Latch Spring, and Clip
Latch Pin Installed
page was last updated on: March 14, 2002