Part name: Buttplate
Part Function: The Buttplate
on the M1 Garand Rifle served as both a protector
for the exposed end-grain of the stock and as a
cover for the cleaning kit holes drilled into the
buttstock. The Buttplate is made of fairly heavy
metal that won't crack or chip during drills or
when used to buttstroke an enemy soldier.
The hinged cleaning kit cover
is spring loaded and snaps into place when closed.
It is actually pretty darn secure.
Buttplate showing cleaning kit access door
Special Notes: Running up to
targets at the local civilian rifle range and buttstroking
them is not generally advised.
Other items of interest in this
photograph: A Korean War Era 'Selective
Service System Registration Certificate' better
known as a 'Draft Card'. These were issued to civilians
in order to confirm that they had been entered into
the 'draft-system'. The card was printed with identification
information and a draft number.
Buttplate shown in final assembly.
page was last updated on: March 14, 2002