Part name: Follower
Part Function: The Follower
Rod transforms the power from the Operating
Spring into pressure on the Follower. The Follower
Rod also helps to hold the rear end of the spring
Special Notes: The Follower
Rod rides in the groove of the Operating Rod Catch.
Rivets on the Follower Rod must be tight. Also be
aware that there are two sizes of Follower Rod 'forks'
(the split area in the rear). Long forks kept the
rod from getting disconnected from the follower
arm when grenades were launched from the M1 Rifle.
Short fork Follower Rods were supposed to have been
Other items of interest in this
photograph: A 'Silver Certificate'.
During W.W.II and the Korean War the United States
backed all of its currency with precious metals
such as gold and silver just as is prescribed in
the constitution. This kept inflation to a minimum
and gave the population confidence in the money.
Bills such as this one could be turned in for 1
dollar in silver coins at any bank and at any time.
Follower Rod shown in final assembly.
page was last updated on: March 14, 2002