M1 Garand (1:1) . "The greatest battle implement ever devised," built with LEGOŽ bricks! . In this updated entry on my LEGO M1, I have tried to smooth out some of the gun's rough spots, eliminating many of the surface studs that were on the top of the receiver and handguard and reworking the receiver heel behind the rear sight, which previously had a gap that opened whenever the bolt was closed. With the helpful advice of Bob Seijas, a Garand collector who is an expert on the rifle, I have modified some of the weapon's features to make them more realistic; these include the rear sight knobs (only the right-side knob should have a lockbar on it) and the 'stacking swivel,' which should be an open loop to allow the M1 to form a tripod with two other guns. The front sight now includes the needed inner pin/prong that was absent on my earlier version, and the model has been altogether improved. (Though I would still like to smooth out the sloping on the bottom of the stock and add some more curvature to the foregrip.)
Some of the MOC's features: A spring-loaded, pull-back trigger is integrated; the bolt opens and closes to allow access to the removeable en-bloc clip; the gunsights are aligned and the rear one is adjustable; two sling swivels and a stacking swivel are attached; and the gun is strong enough to be held one-handed from the grip at any angle.
[Overall dimensions: 43.6" long, 2.5" wide, and ~6.5" high (from bottom of stock to top of sights).] First version completed on January 31, 2011.
A video demonstration of the rifle's loading capability:
A view of the opposite side.
The upper portion of the rifle.
The sculpted buttstock and lower portion of the rifle.
Inserting the eight-round clip.
The underside of the receiver.
The ammunition port, shown with the bolt open, and receiver heel; I have tried to make this part more smooth.
The forward handguard. Shown is the new 'stacking swivel,' with its open, rather than closed, loop.
The front sight, which now includes an inner prong like the real thing.
An out-of-focus photo demonstrating the "look-down" feature of the model, with the front sight aligned within the rear aperture.
The LEGO brick-built M1 Garand, one of my most popular models. The Garand has now been featured in the following:
-The Garand Collector's Association Journal, Vol. 25, Issue 4 (Fall 2011)
-BrickCon 2011 (before the convention banned replica guns due to safety concerns)
-MOCpages' "MOC of the Day" (February 6, 2013)
Thanks for looking; now go build something better!