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    Shot the M1 in basic and advanced training back in '61, but carried an M14 once I finished jump school and got to the 101st in February of '62. I was one of the "smarter" ones who learned from observing the mistakes of others and never did get "the thumb"!
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    I was lucky, I never got "the thumb". I had an uncle who was a Grunt in WWII, and he was nice and taught me the trick when I was just a kid! WHile I was in the Army I used the M1 Carbine and M14, used what he taught me and it worked with both of those weapons It was a great habit/trick to have learned (not the hard way).
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    Quote Originally Posted by rstickle View Post
    I was lucky, I never got "the thumb". I had an uncle who was a Grunt in WWII, and he was nice and taught me the trick when I was just a kid! WHile I was in the Army I used the M1 Carbine and M14, used what he taught me and it worked with both of those weapons It was a great habit/trick to have learned (not the hard way).
    Yep....just what the old D.I. said "learn how to load that sweetheart or she'll bite ya'." We learned.

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    I trained with the M1 at Fort Benning back when the world was young. We were warned from the get-go about M1 thumb. I guess I paid enough attention as it never happened to me but I did witness it happening others. I'm sure that smarts.

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    Its better today but just a friendly reminder to respect it ! everyone should keep these great old battle rifles going ! Its in the safe next to the AR15 but firing this old girl commands respect and it take targets down with authority.
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    Don't you just love the big .30s?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    Don't you just love the big .30s?!
    Yes Sir there is no substitute ...
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    Because I got to see what happened to two other guys and their thumbs I have never had a problem. You see I don't speed load because I'm not in combat. Let me tell you your fitness at the shooten range comes into question if you get that thumb injury at our Mil. shoots. Also everyone makes fun of you.

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    Yes, welcome to the club. It is more dramatic when it happens during a rifle inspection while in formation.

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    I wish I had one for the collection

    we use them on our honor guard but I'm able to use 2 hands in a controlled situation to load the clip of blanks

    I've seen a couple of guys that had "the thumb"
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    My grandfather is a WW2 Vet and once complained to me about what the M1 does to the thumb. I am sure it was related to my complaining about the loading of a Remington Nylon 66 when teaching me to shoot. Either way, kind of funny and relevant. :)

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    Fulton bites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogertc1 View Post
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    Hi Rog
    First time I have used them , they did ok and had parts in stock.
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    Thumb is all better now and all I can do is laugh about it now :} but wont do that again practice make perfect !! Just trying to break the En bloc clips in now.
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