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Old September 28th, 2016, 07:30 PM   #31
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I disassembled my M1 garand and after reassembling could not get the bolt to fully retract??? That's the time I learned the follower will go in backwards lol.
You are not alone. At least I had the sense to not try to force it.

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Old March 11th, 2017, 08:33 AM   #32
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Not gun related, but an "oops" story just the same....

When I was a kid, I spent summers working for a landscape company mowing yards, plantings, deck building. After a few days rain, we were really behind in our mowing schedule.

After a grueling day of mowing yards, I think we broke our record of 26 yards mowed, we connected the trailer to the truck and silently drove home, exhausted.

Me, being to young to drive, sat in the passenger seat, staring out the window like a zombie. I noticed something passing us on the shoulder. It was our trailer full of expensive landscape equipment. It was riding along on the tongue wheel. Silent, I tapped my boss on his shoulder then pointed to the trailer with my thumb.

My boss, emotionless, says, "Sumbitch is making better time than us.". Just as we began to laugh, the tongue wheel collapsed and the trailer vomited mowers, buckets, rakes, etc. all over the side of the road.

We both thought the other locked the hitch on the ball. Safety chains were never installed.

The reloading took forever, because whenever we made eye contact we'd erupt in laughter.

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Old March 11th, 2017, 12:43 PM   #33
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Not gun related, but an "oops" story just the same...
Same here; two stories actually.

Once had a bad habit of putting things on the top of the passenger compartment of my classic mustang. Put my wallet on top in one instance, loaded some goodies in the back, then got in and drove off. Wallet was picket up by some neighborhood kids who eventually brought it back to my house. It still had everything in, to include about $40. When I inspected the wallet I praised the kids for their honesty and gave them every penny I had in the wallet. Would have given them more if I had it--they don't make'em like that much anymore.

This is more embarrassing than anything else. Same car, but in my high school days. Just finished rebuilding the stock 289 into a 300hp street machine, rebuilt 4 sp top loader and Hayes street and strip clutch with Hooker headers, flow master and new exhaust.

After ample break and an oil change rolled that bad boy out into the street with the whole shop looking on. Revved that bad ass small block a few times, dropped the clutch, tires hooked up, wheel hopped a few times and the driveline was promptly dispatched from under the car.

Had to laugh at that one, and so did everyone else. I instantly remembered that Shelby put those welded in traction bars on for a reason. New high strength ball joints wouldn't have hurt either.

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Old March 11th, 2017, 01:50 PM   #34
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Not quite a fall from grace...but close. Springer would need video.

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Old March 11th, 2017, 02:56 PM   #35
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Look at it this way - YOU had a new M1 that could fall out the back of your truck.
No else did.

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Old March 11th, 2017, 07:03 PM   #36
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That's why the CMP puts them in those nice padded hard side cases. I had a 32 foot extension ladder fly out of the back of my truck on I-20 A very busy interstate, I was lucky that day no damage to anything but the ladder. as they say you couldn't have drove a needle up my blank with a 10 pound sledge hammer. Lol

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Old March 11th, 2017, 07:06 PM   #37
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Lol, thanks for sharing. We have all had similar experiences just won't admit .

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Old May 5th, 2017, 05:58 PM   #38
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I was driving down the road at Camp Taji in Iraq one day and saw a very nice M4 in the middle of the road. I wanted to keep it but decided that the person who lost it would really be up the creek (I also did not have a good way to get it home since I had to travel through Dubai with its gun restrictions). I turned it in to the military but bet someone got a real ass chewing when he/she got it back.


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