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M1 Garand Firing Pin

Part name: Firing Pin

Part Function: The Firing Pin is responsible for setting off the primer of a cartridge which is chambered in the rifle.

The firing pin is propelled forward into the primer by the M1's hammer after the hammer has been released from the sear by a pull on the rifle's trigger.

Special Notes: None.

Other items of interest in this photograph: Nazi Hitler Stamps. Many of the GIs in W.W.II hoped that their firing pin might be the last moving mechanical object in the vicinity of the dictator pictured on these German Stamps. Of course history records that Hitler took his own life and his body was burned outside of a bunker as the war in Europe came to an end. These stamps were in common use during W.W.II in Germany.

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Firing Pin shown in final assembly.

This page was last updated on: March 14, 2002


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