M1 GARAND REAR HANDGUARD METAL REPLACEMENT

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TOOLS NEEDED:
SCREWDRIVER
NEEDLENOSE PLIERS
VISE
#20 GAUGE WIRE (.032" DIA.)
FILE.

CUT 2 PIECES OF WIRE WITH PLIERS.
PUT 1 PIECE IN EACH EYELET OF CLIP. TWIST EACH PIECE ABOUT 10 TIMES.
PUT WIRE ON RIGHT SIDE IN VISE AND TIGHTEN.
WRAP WIRE ON LEFT SIDE AROUND SCREWDRIVER, AND TWIST 10 MORE TIMES.
WRAP REMAINING WIRE AROUND SCREWDRIVER.

SETTING IT UP THIS WAY GIVES BETTER LEVERAGE THAN WORKING WITH THE HANDGUARD POINTING LEFT.
WORKING WITH THE GUARD UPSIDE-DOWN ALSO WORKS BETTER THAN TOPSIDE-UP.

GRASP HANDGUARD WITH THUMB AND FINGER #1.
PRESS ON HANDGUARD WITH THUMB WHILE PULLING BACK ON SCREWDRIVER HANDLE.
THE CLIP WILL CLEAR THE HANDGUARD, AND YOU CAN PUSH THE GUARD FREE.

HANDGUARD CLEAR OF CLIP.
ROLL HANDGUARD UP AND OUT.

CLOSEUP OF HOW CLIP IS FASTENED TO WIRES.
LEFT SIDE OF CLIP IS ATTACHED TO SCREWDRIVER.
WIRES ROUTED OVER CLIP TABS, NOT AROUND THEM.

TO PUT CLIP BACK ON:
POSITION HANDGUARD IN CLIP AS IN PREVIOUS PICTURE
PULL BACK ON SCREWDRIVER.
PRESS DOWN ON HANDGUARD WITH THUMB. THIS SHOULD ROLL THE HANDGUARD DOWN INTO THE CLIP.

RELEASE TENSION ON SCREWDRIVER HANDLE.
CLIP IS NOW ON HANDGUARD, AND YOU CAN UNWIND THE WIRE.

WHAT IF THE CLIP WON'T CLEAR THE NOTCH IN THE GUARD?

REMOVE THE HANDGUARD AND FILE BACK AND FORTH ON THE NOTCH 20 TIMES.
TRY INSTALLING AGAIN.
REPEAT UNTIL THE CLIP WILL CLEAR THE NOTCH.

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