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    Default M-1 Garand op rod....

    Is there a easy way to straighten an op rod, or should it be left alone? CMP test fires thier rifles before they sell them, so, I'm sure it's ok. It rubs on the front hand guard ferrule a little.

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    Correctly bending op rods was the second most difficult job to be hand done when the rifles were originally manufactured. So, no, it is not easy to rebend them by hand and even those of us who have done it a lot still have trouble with it at times.

    If the op rod and bolt pass the titlt test, I would suggest you don't worry about it. That is you have just the bolt and op rod in the bareled receiver. You push the bolt all the way forward then take your hands off the op rod and bolt. Lift just the front end of rhe rifle without touching the op rod and bolt from horizontal to vertical. As long as the bolt and op rod slide back freely somewhere between 45 degrees and 90 degrees, it should work fine.

    If you are having problems with that or if the rifle isn't working properly,then it is time to take the rifle to a qualified gnsmith.

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    Jim Swartz un-twisted my op-rod for $30. Email him at jswartz280
    @aol.com and he can get you "straigtened out", so to speak...

    Mike Doerner

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    The front handguard ferrule is just soft stamped steel. It shouldn't be too hard for you to put a small bend in it to relieve the contact point.

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    Jim Swartz has a jig for getting the proper bends in op rods. He is good at what he does. In building M1s I only use op rods that have been rebuilt and checked by Jim Swartz. Saves me a geat deal time and effort.

    Dean-DGR
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    So op rods are supposed to have certain bends.

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    Yes, there are bends in them to make them operate correctly from what I understand.

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    Unlike the straight op rod of the M14, the M1 op rod does have bends that are necessary to transition from the straight portion at the gas cylinder, down the barrel, past the chamber area and ultimately connecting with the bold. Just put your rifle together without the upper and lower handguards and stock. Sit the rifle on a table on it's receiver legs, stand back a bit and you'll see why a jig is needed to insure the bends are in the proper places.
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    Is it suppose to rub the front handguard ferrel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by milboltnut View Post
    Is it suppose to rub the front handguard ferrel?
    Not in a perfect world but, as mentioned, if it passes the "tilt test", it should be good to go. Put a smear of grease on the ferral if you like.

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