Adjustable M1 Garand Gas Port

Creating an adjustable gas port for the M1 Garand to increase reliability when firing blanks.

by Charlie Briggs

Perhaps like any good semi-automatic firearm, and U.S. rifle, caliber .30, M1 is a great one, the M1 Garand does not like firing blanks. However, when firing salutes on Independence Day, Veterans Day, or for military funerals, blanks are an obvious necessity. A variety of attempts have been made to modify the rifle to handle blanks reliably, often with less-than-perfect results. According to Bruce N. Canfield, Contributing Editor of the NRA Publications, this may be the reason the U.S. military never officially adopted a Blank Firing Adapter (BFA) for the M1.

To help solve this, I’ve developed a simple but effective solution. Here’s how to build it…

Read more in the June 2018 issue.

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