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    A soldier with a U.S. M1 rifle loaded and chambered with standard ball ammunition needs to use his rifle grenade launcher. He needs to switch to a rifle grenade launching blank. What are the steps ?
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  • #2
    Originally posted by 17thfabn View Post
    A soldier with a U.S. M1 rifle loaded and chambered with standard ball ammunition needs to use his rifle grenade launcher. He needs to switch to a rifle grenade launching blank. What are the steps ?
    Remove clip.

    Fire round in chamber.

    Attach launcher.

    Attach grenade.

    Insert blank launcher round.

    Pull trigger.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post

      Remove clip.

      Fire round in chamber.

      Attach launcher.

      Attach grenade.

      Insert blank launcher round.

      Pull trigger.
      I think you can forget #2. Pulling the bolt to the rear so that they clip will eject will also empty the chamber.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by johns624 View Post

        I think you can forget #2. Pulling the bolt to the rear so that they clip will eject will also empty the chamber.
        It would be good to change to grenade launcher blank without firing the rifle. It would be handy when setting up an ambush to not fire the rifle just to clear the ball ammunition.
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        • #5
          Wen the weapon is loaded, pulling the bolt back will eject the chambered round, but not the clip, as I recall. That has to extracted next unless the clip is empty. Then you get that annoying PING!!

          Normally, in the field, one would have a clip in the weapon, and likely a round chambered and the safety set as well. Then you get that annoying PING!! Instructions say to load blank ammo before grenade. I can't find any step-by-step instructions on setting up, but there must be some somewhere. The military has instructions for everything. I remember that there are six rings on the launcher and selecting one determines range ( and recoil!)- up to 200 yards at Pos 6, IIRC.

          I only fired the thing twice during Basic. Being a medic, it wasn't a major part of my training after that. When I did it, we started with unloaded rifles. My rifle was one of six selected for the platoon's training session, which meant a @#$%&*!! cleaning job for me after all those blanks went through the barrel.

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          • #6
            Nice to hear from some one with hands on experience. I asked my father but he hasn't touched a M-1 rifle since he left Korea in 1952. He never fired a rifle grenade after basic training.
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            Updated for the 21st century... except if you are criticizing islam, that scares the $hii+e out of me!

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            • #7
              You also need to have the correct type of M1 rifle. Not all Garands have the correct gas check plug on the barrel.



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              • #8
                I went thru Basic late 1962 and AIT early 1963 and ALL the Rifles we were issued must have had the correct gas check plug, especially in AIT we were trained and shot rifle grenades plenty!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Trung Si View Post
                  I went thru Basic late 1962 and AIT early 1963 and ALL the Rifles we were issued must have had the correct gas check plug, especially in AIT we were trained and shot rifle grenades plenty!
                  I would guess after the big war most of the M1 went through arsenal upgrades to the latest standard.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 17thfabn View Post

                    I would guess after the big war most of the M1 went through arsenal upgrades to the latest standard.
                    Yes they did, when I got to my first unit we had M-14s and 3.5 inch rocket launchers, only the National Guard and Reserves were relegated to the M1.
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                    • #11
                      Yeah...I was issued the '14 when I came back from Korea in early '63. Nice weapon.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
                        Yeah...I was issued the '14 when I came back from Korea in early '63. Nice weapon.
                        I own three 14 Clones, the top two are match rifles I use in high power competition, the bottom one ( my favorite) is in standard configuration with all TRW parts short of the receiver.

                        Here is a better picture of it!


                        Last edited by Trung Si; 15 Aug 20, 15:08.
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                        • #13
                          Very nice!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Trung Si View Post

                            I own three 14 Clones, the top two are match rifles I use in high power competition, the bottom one ( my favorite) is in standard configuration with all TRW parts short of the receiver.

                            Here is a better picture of it!


                            Nice! I only have one Mine has a composite stock, shoots like a dream,
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