Part name: Gas Cylinder
Part Function: The Gas Cylinder
is a critical part of the M1. It serves as the receptacle
for a small amount of the gas which is vented from
the barrel when the M1 is fired. The gas then propels
the piston end of the the oprod rearward and this
operates the semiautomatic action of the weapon.
In addition the Gas Cylinder provides a mounting
point for the front sight and the stacking swivel.
Special Notes: Many problems
with the cycling of the semiautomatic action of
the M1 Garand can be traced to gas cylinder problems.
Other items of interest in this
photograph: In the photograph above and the photograph
below a W.W.II Rifle Scorebook
can be seen. These were issued to the men when they
were in training and were used to record how well
they did with the M1 Garand, the bolt action M1903,
and the BAR - Browning Automatic Rifle M1918A2.
Gas Cylinder assembled.
Gas Cylinder assembled on the
page was last updated on: March 14, 2002