It was a beautiful weekend for shooting and with my wife away I did a cut corner job of mowing the lawn and spent most of it at the range. I brought out the 1917, M1 and my new(ish) A2.
I spent some time working on the elevation for both my 1917 and Garand for both the conversion to 6 o’clock hold and to figure out why I was so low at the York match. I got that all worked out then spent some time working on my prone position, which I am now feeling much more confident in.
I practiced prone with my A2 and raised the elevation a bit so I could use 6:00 hold with this rifle too. I am very happy with it’s performance so far. I tried my hand at shooting sitting which I have literally never tried before. After trying to imitate the “crossed ankles position” I settled into some sloppy variation of it that seems to work OK for me. This has given me the courage up to sign up for the next NRA highpower match and bring my A2 in a few weeks!
Kimberton has a nice new slab for shooting prone.
Think I have enough stuff?
Don’t tell Bloomberg about my assault clips.
To avoid POI changes I only take my M1 Garand apart to clean it during the season if it rains during a match. I’ve gotten lucky and only had one match in the pouring rain, knock on wood. Constant disassembly can also cause excessive wear. So during the season I use a bore guide and just clean the barrel, reapplying grease as needed.
After the season I do a detailed field strip and clean everything. Don’t remove the gas tube as every time you take it off it could loosen it and cause accuracy issues. I leave the key and the tube only removing the gas plug so I can clean the carbon build up.
Before putting it back together I like to hand rub a light coat of pure raw linseed oil on to the stock which helps seal it up and restores the spots on the stock that have dried up due to me sweeting on it all season.
In an ongoing effort to restore my rack grade Winchester that I’ve nicknamed my “Winchester Grenadier” I picked up a M15 Grenade Launcher sight and disk.
I installed the sight disk after repairing the holes one of which was a ripped up a bit.
The “Sight, Grenade Launcher, M15” is a simple stamped contraption used to aim grenades fired from a M7 Gernade Laucher suck on the end of a Garand.
Seen here with an M7 launcher and an M31 inert practice grenade (not explosive no one panic)
The top of the M15 sight. Note the level and the front sight post on the left and the rear peep sight on the right.
The bottom of the M15 is marked PRL which per Bill Ricca’s site means it was made by Pressure Lube Inc in NYC between March 44 and March 45.
Since the holes in my Winchesters stock have seen better days I modified the tabs on the M15 sight by filing down the tabs a bit so that it doesn’t require as much torque to rotate the sight on the disk. The file on my Leatherman Wave fit nicely between the tab and the body.