In the last years of WWII, the U.S. Army had a problem — they needed a fast and reliable rifle that was both dependable and cost effective. What they found was the M1 Garand. Learn more about why this gun became so popular in this blog post!
Assuming you are starting with a dirty M1 Garand, the first step is to disassemble the rifle. This can be done by following the steps in our M1 Garand Disassembly Guide. Once the rifle is disassembled, you will need to clean each separate part.
To clean the barrel, start by using a nylon brush and solvent to remove any large carbon buildups. Once the majority of the carbon is removed, switch to a brass bore brush and continue cleaning until the barrel is shiny. Finish by running patches through the barrel until they come out clean.
The gas cylinder can be cleaned by soaking it in solvent and then scrubbing it with a nylon brush. Once the cylinder is clean, dry it off and apply a thin layer of oil to prevent rusting.
The bolt assembly should be cleaned with solvent and then brushed with a toothbrush or other small brush. Be sure to get all of the nooks and crannies, as this is where dirt and grime like to hide. Once the bolt is clean, dry it off and apply oil as needed.
The trigger assembly can be cleaned by removing any visible dirt and debris with a toothbrush or small brush. If there is stubborn dirt that won’t come off, soak the assembly in solvent for a few minutes before scrubbing again. Dry off the trigger assembly and apply oil as needed.
Reassemble your rifle following the steps in our M
Assuming you don’t have a cleaning kit specific for the M1 Garand, the tools you’ll need are:
– A clean cloth or paper towel
– Brushes (optional)
To start, make sure your work area is clean and clear of any debris. Once you’ve verified that, lay down a clean cloth or paper towel to protect your work surface.
Next, apply solvent to a patch or cloth and wipe down the entire length of the barrel. Work the solvent into all nooks and crannies, paying special attention to the gas cylinder assembly and operating rod. Be sure to remove all traces of solvent before moving on.
Once the barrel is clean, apply a few drops of oil to a patch or cloth and wipe down the entire length of the barrel. Be sure to get oil into all nooks and crannies, especially near the gas cylinder assembly and operating rod. Wipe away any excess oil before moving on.
If you’re using brushes, it’s now time to give them a good cleaning. First, soak them in solvent for a few minutes. Then, using a wire brush (if available), scrub away any residue from the bristles. Rinse under running water and allow to air dry before using again.
How to Clean the M1 Garand
Assuming you are thorough in breaking down your M1 Garand, cleaning it should be a breeze. You will need some basic supplies including:
To start, make sure the rifle is unloaded and pointed in a safe direction. You will then want to disassemble the rifle as much as possible to get to all of the nooks and crannies that need cleaning. Once disassembled, use the cleaning rod and bore brush to scrub the inside of the barrel. Be sure to run the brush through a few times to loosen any caked on dirt or grime. Next, apply your cleaning solvent to the rag and wipe down all of the metal parts of the rifle. Don’t forget small areas like triggers or hinges. Allow everything to air dry or Use a second rag to remove any excess solvent.
Once everything is dry, you can begin reassembling your rifle. As you do, apply lubricating oil to any moving parts like triggers or levers. This will help keep your rifle functioning properly for years to come!
After cleaning the M1 Garand, it is important to lubricate all moving parts. This will help keep your rifle in good working condition and prevent rusting.
Frequenty Asked Questions
How Often Should I Clean My M1 Garand?
You should clean your M1 Garand every time you use it.
You should clean your M1 Garand as often as you shoot it. If you don’t shoot it often, you should still clean it every few months to keep it in good condition.