Been using the flat of my hand against the operating rod during loading since my first M1, purchased at a pawn shop in the mid 90's. But never tried loading individual rounds into an empty clip in the rifle.
Wonder if it's possible to top off, or at least add couple of rounds, to a clip that isn't fully empty? Always read (and was told) that was NOT possible, and one of the few disadvantages of the M1 compared to it's predecessors and some contemporaries like the '03-A3 and the Lee-Enfield.
And your right, Pete. It IS
fun to type clip with no worries!