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    One can not get M1icon thumb if loading a FULL clip of 8 rounds. It can't happen.
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    The only garand I have ever seen that didnt need the op rod assisted to close on the first rd was a rifle that had very worn parts. Assisting op rod to close on first rd is normal, rifle is operating as it should
    As Jon stated it is impossible to get garand thumb when loading the rifle. Garandicon thumb happens when putting your digits where they do not belong with a empty rifle

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    Here I thought the extra friction on the top round was solely to do with how tight the enbloc clip was. What other parts, other than maybe the upward pressure of the follower, are to blame?
    My brand newly manufactured clips all stick - once I "click" it in and remove my thumb, the top round won't go but <1/4inch forward, if at all. All of my very old stock clips the top round sticks at halfway, or zooms all the way to the chamber. Some of the new ones required more of a severe whack on the op-rod, or several whacks, to get the first round chambered. After about 10 minutes of stretching by hand to loosen it up, the top round will move 1/4inch or so forward, and a gentle love tap sends it all the way.
    Also, my new clips don't pop out of the magazine. They go "ping" but fall right back in. The old ones fly all over the place with that beautiful ringing sound, even when pulling the op-rod by hand. How to improve the clip ejection?

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    Try cleaning some of the parkerizing off the clips with scotchbrite or emery or some such, that may free them up.
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    Try cleaning some of the parkerizing off the clips with scotchbrite or emery or some such, that may free them up.
    THANKS! I put a brand new clip in the tumbler with walnut media for about half an hour. I then cleaned it with wd-40, wiped off the excess, and now it sings out of the magazine when pulling the oprod, where before it would pop up but not clear. Noticeable difference too in the first round. After taking my thumb off, the bolt moves the round forward about halfway out before sticking. Before tumbling it only moved 1/4 of the way.

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    I always found wartime clips with some wear on them worked almost perfectly. This one will smooth up too.

    Regards, Jim

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