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    Default The Myth About the Garand "Ping"

    Myths circulate around about the "ping" noise the M1 Garand made when the last round from a clip was fired and the clip ejected. This video shows that clip being ejected, in slow motion as well, and then addresses the myth that the distinct "ping" sound made when the clip ejects gave troops away during WWII. Except for some very specific and particular circumstances, it is a total and complete myth that the "ping" noise was somehow endangering troops.

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    Not having gone to war with a M1 I counldn't give any first hand information. Being on the range with one on many occaisions I will say that when M1 clips hit solid objects they are noisy. With that in mind I could see that, at certain times, it would not be good to hear that sound. I wouldn't want to be in room to room combat inside a house and let the opposing force hear that thing hit the floor. Full pitched battle I wouldn't think would matter, as said that's loud anyway. If you've ever been in infantry exercises or in a war zone its becomes clear that sometimes the smallest thing can give you away or make clear your attitude and/or position. The common ones are talking, smoking and light issues at night. With that in mind I could see where a clip from a M1 banging around may be an issue at some point. I would also hesitate to call any vets story a myth or B.S.

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    You're firing a .30-06; I'd expect it to be louder than a falling piece of sheet metal.

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    look at this video of mine:




    you dont hear that ping?
    say what you mean & mean what you say


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    Makes me want to go shoot my IHC. Having shot DCM matches where the majority of the guys were shooting Garands, I can't see that it is a big concern or really even noticable with a few dozen guys shooting.

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    this subject has been throughly covered in the American Rifleman for the past 6 issues, since we are all members of the NRA you all should know the answer not watchingsome useless youtube vid

    what!!! you not a member with all the BS going on

    shame on you
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    LMAO so SPrat your calling my video useless?

    oh now you hurt me deep inside! :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by dutigaf View Post
    look at this video of mine:


    m1 garand test.MPG - YouTube

    you dont hear that ping?

    Funny how the guy holding the camera was flinching !

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    Quote Originally Posted by dutigaf View Post
    LMAO so SPrat your calling my video useless?

    oh now you hurt me deep inside! :-)
    why do I find that hard to believe

    my point was its been covered and since we are all members its redundant not you sean, in fact i did not watch the video, the numerous replies from WW 2 vets convinced me
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    The NRA actually has perpetuated the myth, unfortunately.

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