One of the fun parts about having military surplus rifles is all the military surplus accessories that go with them. Having accessories adds to the enjoyment of collecting, provides tools and cleaning items to help maintain the rifles, and gives you a feel for what the guys who carried these weapons may have also carried as part of their everyday gear.
When it comes to accessories for the M1 Garand it comes close to amount and number of accessories for the AR-15.
The first accessory I think of for the M1 is the bayonet. Early bayonets were actually old WW1 bayonets that were used on the 1903. They were cut down and adopted for use during WW2. Later bayonets like the one above were made specifically for the Garand. There were so many versions and styles of bayonets used for the M1 that collecting them all would make a hobby of its own.
The cleaning tools available for the Garand also make an interesting collection. Above you can see a sectional cleaning rod that fit in the butt of the rifle; just below that is the cleaning rod that would have been used at camp or base. The two cardboard packages below that are cleaning kits still in their original wrapper. They are both dated from the 1960s. Below that is a broken shell extractor, a mirrored device that allows you to peer down the barrel, cleaning solvent, grease pots, an action brush, a chamber brush and at the bottom are two different lubricant tubes. Most of this would fit in the butt of the rifle.
Behind the trap door in the butt plate of the rifle would fit everything need to maintain the rifle in the field. This is accomplished by each tool being specifically designed to fit together and take up as little space as practical.
To make the M1 rifle capable of launching grenades, the military devised a grenade launching system. A devise was fitted to the end of the barrel. The rifle grenade was slid over this devise. The power of a blank cartridge was used to propel the grenade several hundred yards. A grenade sight was attached to the stock of the rifle to make aiming the grenade a little more accurate.
One of my favorite M1 Garand accessories is the cold weather trigger.
The cold weather trigger allowed the M1 to be fired even when the shooter was wearing cloves or mittens. I think of American GIs using such a devise when they were fighting near the Chosin Reservoir
Here you can see how the cold weather trigger works. The soldier could fire the weapon by squeezing the devise. Gloves or even mittens could be worn and a person would still be able to shoot the rifle.
These are just some of the accessories available for the M1 Garand shooter or collector. There are way more than I have pictured here. Like I said a person would have a fine hobby by just collecting accessories.
If you have any accessories i don’t, you can send them to me. I do another write-up.