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Old 05-09-2021, 11:15 AM
Exgrndpounder Exgrndpounder is offline
 
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Holy cow Batman does that smart! Been messing with M1's since before my firsts purchase from the DCM back in the 90's. Took one out for some routine cleaning and in a lapse of better judgement slammed the bolt home on my left thumb. Amazing how fast the blood pools up under my thumb nail. It's been over an hour since the dreaded event and my thumb is still throbbing. Honestly I never thought it would happen to me. Hopefully the first and last time it happens. Stay safe fellas.
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Old 05-09-2021, 11:36 AM
BSAGuy BSAGuy is offline
 
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Owee!! That makes my thumb hurt just thinking about that. I would say that I haven't been bitten yet, but that's probably putting a hex on myself.
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Old 05-09-2021, 11:38 AM
BobJ50 BobJ50 is offline
 
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Did you take a match to a paper clip, heat the clip up and pierce the clip into the nail to relieve the blood?
That thumb is not going to function too well for loading clips for a week or two.
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Old 05-09-2021, 11:47 AM
Fenris_Bane Fenris_Bane is offline
 
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... a lapse of better judgement slammed the bolt home on my left thumb.
Left thumb ... Hmmm ... bad habits? I always use the right hand with the pinky side of your right hand engaging the oprod hook. This allows you to better control the closing speed of bolt.
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Old 05-09-2021, 11:47 AM
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The one and only time jaws got me was also during cleaning. Now I disarm the thing (disengage fork) before any cleaning attempts.
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Old 05-09-2021, 11:48 AM
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your left thumb is not supposed to be in there.

operate the rifle per the manual.
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Old 05-09-2021, 11:53 AM
Exgrndpounder Exgrndpounder is offline
 
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Yup I know, no left thumb in there. But like I said a lapse in good judgement. Wont happen again, fingers crossed!
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Old 05-09-2021, 11:54 AM
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Take some motrin and drink lots of water...that’s the Army’s cure for that.
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Old 05-09-2021, 03:56 PM
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My wife is actually a doc and said the damage is centered mainly on the flesh above the nail and a little into the cuticle of the nail. If the blood clot gets larger and further into the nail she will relieve the pressure.
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Old 05-09-2021, 05:53 PM
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You only do that one time !
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