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Went to the range yesterday and my friend George shot his m1 I was standing behind him when he fired his first clip. The first two rounds double fired shot twice. Was this a slam fire shot four round's with two pulls of trigger 8O never had this to happen before.
 

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I don't believe it was a "slamfire". It sounds like a double fire. I can get my M1a's and Garand to do that if I'm really light on the trigger. It seems to help prevent this if I seat the rifle snug into the shoulder and get just a tad aggressive on the trigger pull. If I squeeze lightly on the trigger till it breaks, I can almost make it happen. A "slam fire" in the M1a/M1's generally exhibit more critical results, such as visible damage/destruction on the weapon/shooter.
 

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This is two pulls of the trigger. Unless the firing pin is broken and permanently sticking out the front of the bolt. Note that the design of this rifle (and the M1 Rifle) pervents the firing pin from moving forward until the bolt locks into battery.

I tried for years to create a slam fire with this weapon (ball or blank) and was unable to do it. With improper reloads, maybe. With factory or arsenal ammo, not a chance.

-- Chuck
 

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Chuck is exactly right. A double fire is actually two pulls of the trigger caused by the action of recoil. Do be aware though, the M1/M1a rifles have a safety designed into it preventing the firing pin movement forward until the bolt is "in battery", however, this safety can over time thru use become inoperative.
The rifle still functions perfectly but the bridge "safety" isn't performing it's designed function. This makes a slamfire possible. These instances are very rare but they do happen. This has been well documented.
Keep in mind that many of us are using rifles manufactured 60 years ago and they have seen their fair share of use. Many of them hard use. It's certainly not my intention to scare anyone, merely to inform. Point is, put all the odds in your favor by making sure that the firing pin is in good shape every time you dismantle the rifle, and if you shoot reloads- be sure all your primers are seated according to spec. I personally use milspec Primers for my reloads. Not a cure-all, but it does give me a little piece of mind.
 

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We check that our guns are in good shape and only shoot surplus ammo in our m1's. Just never had this to happen now george is a big man 6' 6"about 270. He shoots a loose grip and is not that aggressive on the trigger. Me I'm a 100 pounds lighter so I hold a little snuger than him. Thanks just was not sure if something went wrong we tore the gun down bolt and pin looked good. Fred
 

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Shooting off a bench? JC Garand hadn't plan for that. If you're loose on the rifle, it will rattle during recoil between your shoulder and your trigger finger--that's how you get the two pulls in rapid succession. Also, if you squeeeeeeeeeeze the trigger like you would on a bolt action benchrest rifle, you could be in for more than you planned--it leaves the sears in a very delicate position while the rifle is busy jumping around and reloading itself. Just a steady squeeze is what you want--not a squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze.

Ty
 
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