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Old 05-09-2021, 06:01 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.
A 1/16th drill bit drilled through the nail to remove the blood does wonders.
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Old 05-09-2021, 06:02 PM
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Old 05-09-2021, 06:33 PM
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Ouch! Been there! Done that! About the thumb nail ... take a good sharp small diameter drill bit and turn it using the fingers of the uninjured hand. It will not take a lot of pressure. Just be patient and turn the drill. It will cut through the nail and as soon as it gets through, the blood will begin to ooze out ... and the pressure and pain will lessen. HTH. Sincerely. bruce.
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Old 05-09-2021, 06:42 PM
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Did that once while cleaning. Got it out of the way a couple months into my first M1. Once was enough.

Also worth a reminder to keep your left thumb out of the op rod's path when shooting offhand. I normally have a shooting glove and the sling layers between my hand and the rifle when shooting offhand. Tried some impromptu offhand at the range one day and didn't realize where my thumb was. Split the nail and splattered the end of it like a tomato.
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Old 05-09-2021, 07:30 PM
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your left thumb is not supposed to be in there.

operate the rifle per the manual.
Like many , Garand Thumb is usually a result if sticking your thumb where it does not belong while cleaning or “not” shooting.
Add a a bolt thats not locked back into the mix.

Properly loading a M1 even left handed is not as easy to get M1 thumb.
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Old 05-09-2021, 10:47 PM
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I'm not the least bit proud of this but I got my left thumb caught last fall while "playing" with the M1. It took about a month for it to kind of heal. Then I did it again with another M1. I don't think it will happen again. But I do have another M1.
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Old 05-10-2021, 05:21 AM
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your left thumb is not supposed to be in there.



operate the rifle per the manual.
If I ever get thumbed it will most likely be the left thumb. Left hand shooters don't really have the luxury of blocking the bolt like right handers do. Unless they want to dismount the gun to load it. Kinda tough to do in competition.

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Old 05-10-2021, 10:34 AM
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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 05-10-2021, 02:21 PM
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I can recommend a hot pin or small drill bit to perforate the nail over the blood blister (I used the former) to relieve the pressure pain. I think a Dremel with small grinding bit would work as well. Always an adventure when the bolt balks at closing over an empty mag well.
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Old 05-10-2021, 02:44 PM
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If using a drill, is it advisible to steady your thumb in a vise, bite on a small piece of wood, try not to be a sissy and scream? Post before, during and after photos if possible.
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