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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 . ...
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.
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 ;-).