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1-12 INF (M)
04-27-2009, 08:52 PM
I have a WRA M1 (2.5m) rifle for years, got it back in the DCM one-a-lifetime days. It has a WRA barrel, but post-war sights and wood.
The follower arm has a curved profile. If you were looking at it from the side, it has a smooth curved shape, whereas every other arm I've seen is straight. I've looked through my Duff and Poyer books, and all they talk about is the bevels - but the 'arm' part is always straight.
Anybody have any info on this? Is it original to my rifle?
04-27-2009, 10:20 PM
Can you post a picture?
Billy Pyle's GSR (Garand Stand Report) newsletter has published line drawings of the WRA follower arm variations. Drawings were done by Charles Redfield
04-27-2009, 11:30 PM
Are you referring to the top edge being curved rather than straight? All follower arms were originally made with a straight top edge. Sometimes an armorer would bend the front of the arm down a little bit in an effort to correct the timing, which resulted in a curved top edge. I have seen several of these on the Danish returns.
04-28-2009, 08:21 AM
it is a quick fix for timing problems (that the Danish did seem to embrace with some vigor ...). They were originally made straight but some that turn up today are quite curved. I often wondered if the Danes didn't come up with some kind of little jig to tweak them and keep them from twisting, because if they twisted they'd bind like a fiend and they all seem to operate just fine regardless of the amount of curve introduced.
04-28-2009, 11:27 AM
In this photo the arrows point towards the earliest of follower rods with the small ledge for Winchester with second from left being next and far right is last. Rick B
1-12 INF (M)
05-10-2009, 08:56 PM
Here's a couple of photos, and I think the arm looks like #4 in the example above. I've never shot this rifle, as a different service grade mixmaster was always available, so can't comment as to function. But the CMP released this as a bent part- could it have happened on test firing?
05-10-2009, 10:34 PM
Yours has been bent to cure a timing issue. If you look at the above four follower arms that Rick B posted it looks like #1 may have a bend to it also and maybe #3.
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