.30 Caliber Blank with Rosette Crimp
The current design of the .30 caliber blank cartridge incorporates a rosette crimp mouth closure with six crimps.
If the rosette crimp of the blank cartridge does not open during normal firing and cycling it should not be considered a malfunction.
.30 Caliber Blank with Bottle Nose
The bottle nose wad closure design of the .30 caliber blank cartridge is still approved for use and should be considered serviceable.
WARNING: Make sure you NEVER fire any ammunition other than the supplied blanks in your rifle. Firing unauthorized ammunition may result in severe injury to yourself and others nearby, or damage to the weapon.
If an organization’s ammunition source is unknown, that ammunition should be inspected for the presence of the .30 caliber M3 grenade cartridges. The grenade cartridge generates more pressure than the M1909 .30 caliber blank cartridge and is not designed or intended to be fired with a blank firing adapter. The significant physical difference between the grenade cartridge and the blank cartridge is that the blank cartridge has 6 crimps and the grenade cartridge has 5 crimps.
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Here you will find the latest information for use and maintenance of the M1 Garand rifle and authorized M1909 .30 caliber blank ammunition.
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