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Old January 22nd, 2007, 11:39 AM   #1
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M1 Garand rubber Butt Pad

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Did the US ever use a rubber slip-on butt pad for launching grenades from the M1 Garand? The question was asked here:http://www.m-14forum.com/upload/show...t=35468&page=2. I thought so, but wasn't sure.

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Old February 2nd, 2007, 02:00 PM   #2
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The rubber recoil pad you are referring to was actually produced during 1941 and 1942. It was not for the Garand. It was for the 03 Springfield. Until the Garand got a Grenade Launcher, the grenadier was issued an 03 and launcher. The pad was to lessen the recoil during direct fire of a rifle grenade from the shoulder. It also provided a cushion to prevent stock breakage when providing indirect fire (high angle, stock on the ground).

Originals today are pretty tough to find. The repro is dimensionally wrong because whoever made it decided to make it fit everything. As far as the M14, an original will not fit the M14 no matter how you try; it will break.

Originals are rarely in nice shape, being rubber and 60 plus years old.

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Old February 3rd, 2007, 09:41 AM   #3
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Thank you, sir. As always, you're a treasure trove of interesting information.

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Old February 3rd, 2007, 11:40 AM   #4
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Back to your original question. Was it used with the M1.

It was never designed to be used with the M1, but I can tell you if it fit the buttstock, GI's probably improvised and used it.

I have never tried one on an M1 because I have both manufactured versions and they are too old to stretch and maybe damage.

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Old February 4th, 2007, 08:00 AM   #5
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Thanks, Bill. Coincidentally, that very information is in the Spring '07 issue of The Garand Stand.

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Old February 4th, 2007, 08:53 AM   #6
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I do not have access to the Garand Stand. Let me ask you a question. Does is mention more than two manufactured types?

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Old February 4th, 2007, 01:57 PM   #7
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I'll check tonight, and get back to you here.

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Old February 4th, 2007, 05:52 PM   #8
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Thank you. I have found two types. One without seams, one with a seam on bottom and top.

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Old February 5th, 2007, 09:10 AM   #9
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Bill,

No luck; The Garand Stand Report just has one page on the rubber butt pad, with a (US Army?) photo of the pad and buffer, and the part numbers, accompanied by a paragraph explaining that they were for the 1903, and not the M1 Garand. No mention of manufacturers. Sorry; I've got to remember to retain more when I read ;-).

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Thank you for checking. If I recall correctly I have a few of the contracts for the pad. I will check one day in the future.

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