I mentioned I restored my Navy Garand to the condition it was in when I bought it.
It had been a while previous to that since I had touched that rifle. In the meantime I have taken too many gunsmith classes and things I leaned there are now things I look for on all firearms, not just 1911s.
No there is no commonality between the pistol and the rifle. But there both have parts that rub together, no? And both have a certain way they function and there are things you know you should see and not see. I am now more sensitive to that, for better or for worse.
Like... binding during the cycle of operation. That can't be good. The Garand binds a little as the bolt and op rod travel to the rear, about halfway through, said operation.
Op rods are famous for being an issue on the Garand, so, there are things to do to test it. Like the 60 degree test. Take the operating rod spring out and re-assemble. If you hold the rifle up 60 degrees gravity should work the action and the bolt should slide to it's rear position of its own accord. Then tilt it 60 degrees forward and the bolt should fall into battery.
The rifle passes this test, but there is still binding. Binding that ISN'T present if the trigger group isn't in place and hold the lock to the stock under tension. It's not much binding of I'd have noticed it before. And it might not even be the operating rod being bent that is causing the trouble. I can't quite locate the trouble area.
Also, the front handguard wiggles and rattle a bit. That might be in spec, but I can't imagine it helps accuracy.
Also, the operating rod will sometime jump out of the track in the receiver it rides in, opposite the charging handle. Great.
Also, the muzzle has a visible ding in the crown. I've seen dings before and been told that while a dings crown can be very bad, some dings are an issue and others are not. Either way, someone more experienced than me would have to make that call.
Maybe I should take it to Fulton. It's practically a neighbor. Great. More money. But I do like the guns I have to be in good working order. Or check with Hatfield. I know both, but have more contact with Hatfield. Garands are cool, but not his specialty.
From an Away Game... - From discussion elsewhere... This is the single best thing about striker fired handguns. Like rifles, nobody can tell at a glance if they're cocked or not....
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