View Full Version : M1 Garand Bolt Won't Open

May 25, 2010, 05:37 PM
There is a snap cap in my chamber with my bolt closed but my bolt won't open. Help!

May 25, 2010, 05:44 PM
point the gun muzzle up. Put pressure on the bolt handle as if you are going to open it and slam the butt against the ground. That usually works.

May 25, 2010, 05:58 PM
Didn't budge a bit.

May 25, 2010, 06:02 PM
Field expedient technique (that works very well) is to place butt on ground, hold by barrel at the gas cylinder, pointing away from you (if your smart :)), and kick it open with the heel/outside instep of your boot.

May 25, 2010, 06:02 PM
I'm worried I will break it.

May 25, 2010, 06:11 PM
Its stronger than you. :)

You could always try a 2x4 and a hammer/small maul instead of your foot, but you'll need extra hands.

I've done the boot thing a couple of times, on M1's and FAL's by the way, and it worked every time.

May 25, 2010, 06:28 PM
If it makes a difference I only had 7 snap caps (lost one) so I put a piece of .270 brass as the 8th round and that is what is stuck.

May 25, 2010, 06:34 PM
Brass fired in other guns usually doesnt work out to well. The case is fire formed to that guns chamber.

A couple of the rounds I kicked out were due to that very problem, 30-06 loaded for another rifle that werent full length resized, and the bolt was allowed to slam home on them. The kick thing has always worked for me, but I understand your being hesitant.

May 25, 2010, 11:54 PM
These guns were designed to kill fascists and commies in all weather...it'll survive your shoe just fine ;)

May 26, 2010, 03:49 AM
just be sure its actually a snap cap before you go beating on it with a hammer

May 26, 2010, 07:27 AM
Stomping it open with the heel on one's boot was the standard procedure for jammed (action full of sand), M1's by the training sargents when I was in basic training. I saw no instance of the procedure not working (action always opened), or of breaking anything.

May 26, 2010, 06:00 PM
If you don't want to stomp it open, put "some" pressure on the op rod knob and drop a cleaning rod down the barrel.