Know Your WW2 Weapons: M1 Garand’s Mysterious 7th Round Stoppage

The M1 Garand’s Mysterious 7th Round Stoppage

 

I’m a Gun Geek so stuff like this is fascinating to me. 😄

 

CMP Set to Open Second Round of 1911 Pistol Orders in Early 2021

CMP Set to Open Second Round of 1911 Pistol Orders in Early 2021

 

Back in my good ole’ serious gun collecting days, I purchased numerous M1 Garand, M1 Carbines and M1911 Pistols from CMP and never had one issue with the purchase process or the firearm.

The fact that those firearms will one day be passed on to my kids and eventually God willing, my grandkids, fills me with an immense satisfaction that is hard to describe.

You see when you support the CMP you are in fact not only supporting and defending the Second Amendment but also ensuring it’s legacy and the legacy of these amazing firearms lives on by giving these weapons a  “Forever” home!

Do your part and purchase a firearm (or two) from CMP Today! You won’t regret it, I assure you.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

 

Military Weapons From the Past: Japanese ZH-29 Copy

This is a really interesting one for all you WW2 and Weapons buffs.

Ever wonder why more countries did not successfully field large numbers of Semi-Auto Infantry rifles like the U.S. did with the M1 Garand in WWII?

Listen Up!

You Can Read More About This at Forgotten Weapons

Military Weapons From The Past: A Side-Loading M1 Garand? It Was Never Meant To Be

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In 1951 and ’52, the U.S. military’s official Springfield Armory began experimenting with re-chambering the M1 Garand with the new T65E3 light rifle cartridge. As part of these experiments, the armory tested several alternate feed and magazine systems. In order to re-chamber a standard M1 in the new cartridge, the armorers replaced the barrel and placed a machined aluminum filler block in the breech to compensate for the shorter length of the new cartridge.

Springfield awarded Roy S. Sanford & Company of Oakville, Connecticut the contract to develop a 10-round integral side-loading magazine for the M1 chambered in the T65E3 round. The magazine was to be an integral precision-made part of the rifle, which the shooter could be reload using an inexpensive clip. In contrast to the standard M1, the new system was to allow the topping off of the magazine.

 Sanford was a prolific engineer who also patented a number of belt-feed systems. He adapted at least two testbed T35 Garands to fit the new side magazine. This meant a number of changes to existing subsystems, including the vertical alignment of the charging handle and the addition of a large hump on the fore stock to provide a place for the large magazine housing, which jutted out of the rifle’s receiver.

Sanford’s magazine could hold 10 rounds. However, the system was complex and required a follower, a partition assembly and a last-round feeder in order to function. The partition assembly was made up of six small pieces which attached to the follower, the entirety of which was raised by the follower arm as the magazine was expended. Sanford & Company’s final report on the magazine system, published in December 1953, explained how the magazine worked

“The 10-round magazine, in effect, is a single row of rounds folded on itself,” the report read. “Feed is provided by spring loading the return bend to move the rounds toward the gun. A partition is required to separate the stationary side. This partition must also permit ‘turn around’ at the bend. The replenishing of the magazine is accomplished at the fixed end of the row.”

Sanford used sheet metal to help minimize the additional weight caused by the new magazine. The shooter loaded this first model from left side while, in the second model, the firer loaded from the right. Sanford built the second model from a partially complete receiver to allow it to load from the left — and this also allowed him to reduce the magazine orientation from 30 degrees to 15 degrees, improving the rifle’s appearance and handling, according to Sanford.

This however, increased the difficulty of retrofitting existing M1s to use the new system.

Springfield tested another side-loading integral magazine, a derivative of Melvin Johnson’s rotary magazine. Olin Industries built the system in 1952 and ’53 and was tested it in April 1954. Testers reported that converting existing M1 Garands to use the rotary magazine would have been “exceedingly difficult and probably impractical.”

The Sanford Integral Magazine rifle underwent trials at the Springfield Armory at the beginning of 1954, including the firing of 313 rounds. During the 100-round function test, Springfield found the rifle to be difficult to load with clips. There were also concerns about the rigidity of the stock.

While the weapon was said to have functioned satisfactorily, Springfield’s final report in August 1954 deemed that the magazine system had several undesirable features that made it unacceptable. As a result, Springfield decided that the side-loading integral magazine was not militarily suitable.

This story originally appeared at Historical Firearms.

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Time to Renew my FFL 03, now it’s time for you to get Yours!

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I recently received my FFL 03 or Curio and Relics Firearms License renewal form in the mail. I originally purchased the License 3 years ago for $30. When I was a noob to the game back then I talked about becoming a CRUFFLER and since then it has allowed me to purchase numerous firearms and firearm parts (including not only rifles, but sidearms {pistols and revolvers} as well) and have them shipped directly to my home without the hassle of going to a gun shop to pick it up or paying  a hefty transfer fee.

It always amazes me how many folks in the gun culture are completely unaware that you can have a license like this. It also amazes me how many so called “pro-gun guys” miss out on not only the obvious benefits of having a license like this (guns delivered right to your door) but the deeper, fundamental reason for HAVING a license like this in this day and age we live in.

Let’s face it fellas, our 2nd Amendment rights have been under attack for a LONG time, and the fact of the matter is, they are going to continued to be attacked, regardless of who rents that Big White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. So if we don’t let our voices be heard and show the powers that be that we intend to use the RIGHTS that have been given and made available to us, they will be that much easier to take away from us when the next attack comes.

Having Curio Weapons is not just fun as a hobby as a military arms collector, it is also just good common sense for the Prepper-Patriot. Most of these guns operate off military surplus calibers that are somewhat plentiful right now and are easy to reload also.

So to give you an ideal, I prepared a quick list of C&R Firearms I think every CO should have in his weapons locker

 

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M1 Garand (.30-06)

The Rifle Patton called “The Greatest Battle implement ever devised..” I bought several of these a while back from the NRA CMP Program. That is a really big benefit of having a FFL 03, as it satisfies almost all the requirements of the NRA requirements to purchase one of their firearms.

 

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M1 Carbine (.30 Carbine)

I bought several of these a while back from the NRA CMP Program before they dried up. That is also a really big benefit of having a FFL 03, as it satisfies all the requirements of the NRA requirements to purchase one of their firearms.

 

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Chinese Norinco SKS (7.62×39)

The SKS series of rifles was added to the ATF’s list of Curio and Relic Qualified Firearms not long ago, which makes it one of the first Semi-Automatic Rifles to be added in some time. While you are it pick up a Yugo SKS too. 7.62×39 is a popular caliber due to the AK series of rifles, so having 2 weapons platforms operating off the same caliber is a no brainer for the prepper-patriot.

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Mosin-Nagant M91/30 (7.62x54R)

I must admit, I am a fan of Soviet era and Com-Bloc Weapons. This rifle was like the one used by famous Soviet sniper Vasily Zaytsev (the sniper version is also available with a 4x Unertl scope added) during the Siege of Stalingrad in World War II. 7.62x54R is the Russian equivalent of our .30-06, it is Hard-Hitting and combat accurate. The ammo is semi-plentiful right now, so stock up.

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Polish Tokarev (7.62×25)

Absolutely one of my favorite com-bloc pistols. Hard Hitting, and another great example of the utilitarian Russian design of Firearms. Tokarev ammo availability  can be very sketchy some times, so when you find it, buy it.

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Polish P-64 Makarov (9×18)

A great little gun that I have talked about before on this blog.  Makarov ammo is cheap and plentiful and you can buy some good hollow point designs also.

So there it is guys, Click HERE to begin your journey like I did 3 years ago, I can promise you will not be disappointed!

Stay Alert, Stay Armed, Keep Cruffling and Stay Dangerous!