Garand clip popping out

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  1. Charlie

    Charlie Member

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    I took my 1941 Springfield Garand out today to try out some new loads. They shot great. Of the three clips I ran through it, it was too hot to shoot much more, two of them popped out before they were empty. I assume a change in springs should help the situation but am wondering whether I need to replace the latch that holds in the clips. Any suggestions are welcome.

    I had almost forgotten how nice an M1 is to shoot.
     
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    It is usually the latch spring that needs to be replaced
     
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    although sometimes the clip itself is the culprit. If the notch in the clip is worn, it won't lock properly but as others said it is usually the CL spring.
     
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    I have two on order. Thanks
     
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    I put in a new spring and will try it Wednesday. I have always put the top round in a clip on the right. Is that the preferred way to do it or does it matter at all? It seems the military ammo I have gotten in clips were that way. It seems to make it easier to thumb the clip into the rifle with the top round on the right.
     
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    That's the way it was specified in FM23-5 when loading loose rounds in an enbloc. That way the top round is on the right, making it "easier for a right handed firer to load in the rifle."

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    Can enblocs be loaded with the top round on the left? Sure... I've done it before, both intentionally and unintentionally, and haven't experienced any issues.
     
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    I put in a new latch spring and ran three clips through it today without any problem. I would have shot more if it had not been raining so hard.

    I have accumulated clips from a variety of sources over the years. Some work better than others. I tried some that Brownell's sells from Tank's Rifle Shop that worked much better than many of my others. I like it when things work as they should.
     
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    Some Greek enblocs were known to have very thick coats of parkerizing on them, causing issues. I've heard of folks running their enblocs through a tumbler to smooth them out. I saw one guy at Perry some years ago that was using nickel plated enblocs!
     
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    great idea, but does it count for "as issued?"
     
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    Well, the rules specify that "Only government-issue parts or government or commercial parts of the exact same weight and dimensions may be used". No reference to color or finish, specified so I'd say that you're probably OK ;). Besides, folks use 2-round enblocs and those are definitely not .gov issue!
     
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    Whenever I open a new can of HXP, I will tumble the clips in walnut shell media. Those Greek return clips are HEAVILY parked, as you noted above, and benefit from being smoothed out. There is a guy on the CMP forum that sells the nickel plated clips, but I have not bought or tried any of those. Seems like a good idea if shooting outdoors where finding the clip could be an issue.
     
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