Shooting Sports USA - August 2014 - 27

For four days of perfect weather, about 160 of us met on the 200 yard line
each morning to shoot the U.S. M1 Rifle, Caliber .30. It's a tough life being
a shooting sports journalist, full of sacrifice and hardship. Right.

I

n conclusion to Part 1 where we chronicled the purchase of our 1944 Garand, and
Part 2 for the restoration and barrel replacement, I registered for the four "as-issued"
Garand matches at the CMP Eastern Games,
Camp Butner, NC, during the first week in May.
Using the Nikon SPOT On ballistics calculator,
I zeroed the gun's iron sights (all shooting is from
200 yards) with both Hornady and American
Eagle Garand-specific, 150 gr. ammunition.
(CMP no longer issues free ammunition, but
sells it at the match for a reasonable price.)
I transferred the leather sling from my AR-15 to
the Garand and noted the new sling adjustments
for the prone, sitting and standing positions
(shot in that sequence, per CMP rules). I learned
how to avoid "Garand Thumb" as a southpaw.
It's an awkward, but manageable, sequence of
retracting the operating rod handle with the left
thumb, pressing the en-bloc clip (or follower for
single shots) down with the left index finger, and
then releasing the thumb. Picture the guy at
the animal park removing his hand from the
alligator's mouth-quickly. The Garand maneuver is done with similar urgency.

Next, I practiced loading the en-bloc clip
with eight .30-'06 cartridges. Steve Cooper,
CMP's Marketing and Advertising Manager,
gave me a dedicated 2-round clip that makes
rapid fire easier than loading two rounds loosely into a standard 8-round clip. (This is the
origin of CMP's "2 and 8" rapid fire loading
rule, whereas NRA allows either 2/8 or 5/5.)

The Games:

Camp Butner has the usual high level of maintenance associated with a military base, with wellmanicured ranges. The target pits use garage-door
opener lift systems that work reliably and save
wear-and-tear on older shoulder muscles.
As the name infers, "the Games" are intended
as an introduction for new shooters and a fun
match for all, with an emphasis on education
and achievement. From the match program:
"The Games are ideal events for shooters who
have not participated in previous competitions.
Shooters are permitted to coach or assist each
other in these matches. Experienced shooters are
encouraged to assist new shooters with posiposi
tions, slings, loading and the rules. There
"
were several CMP staff who had participatparticipat
ed in the Small Arms Firing School earlier in
the week that were seen helping new shootshoot
ers on the line to ensure they were enjoying
the experience. Triggers are weighed and
guns are inspected for safety, but scoring
and awards are aimed at encouraging folks
to have fun-and to return to shoot again.
From Olympic Rifleman, former
CMP Director and Games Master of
Ceremonies Gary Anderson: "About
eight years ago, we observed that the

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