Before you start stripping your rifle, make sure you have the right amount of space and tools on your work space For this part, the most important tool you need is a screwdriver. Please check out the video below to get a better idea of what exactly needs to be done. Note: Remove any add-ons like scopes , lasers, light, or slings before starting disassembly. Completely disassembled M1A Source Pull out the magazine and finger-check the chamber for safety. Now, use the screwdriver to pull open the trigger guard. Once done, pull the entire trigger assembly out of the stock.
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Before you start stripping your rifle, make sure you have the right amount of space and tools on your work space For this part, the most important tool you need is a screwdriver. Please check out the video below to get a better idea of what exactly needs to be done. Note: Remove any add-ons like scopes , lasers, light, or slings before starting disassembly.
Completely disassembled M1A Source Pull out the magazine and finger-check the chamber for safety. Now, use the screwdriver to pull open the trigger guard. Once done, pull the entire trigger assembly out of the stock. Slap the buttstock against a padded surface while maintaining this inverted rifle position. This will separate the barreled action from the stock.
The next step is to remove the guiding rod and spring by pushing it a bit forward and releasing the takedown pin. Make sure to control the spring as it will be under pressure when removed.
After this, you need to remove the operating rod and the bolt from the receiver. The video below will briefly guide you through the process of disassembling the M1A rifle. You will get visual guidance on how to strip different parts and the precautions to take. The bolt is often the most difficult part to remove from the M1A, so the video will thoroughly guide you through this. Make sure to have the right tools for this job.
You can also check out the complete cleaning kits reviewed in this article. Plus, a few other things like a couple of clean cloth patches, a chamber brush, cleaning rod, and solvent wipes.
Cleaning Kit Source The first step is to clean the chamber with a ratcheting chamber brush. Use a screwdriver, or punch, to rotate the brush several times, so the grime and dirt are loosened. If the brush is difficult to remove, you can use a cleaning rod to push it out. To clean the barrel, the cleaning rod needs to be inserted from the muzzle end. Run a solvent soaked patch or swab through the barrel using the rod, and draw it out from the breech end.
Now use a bore brush, pushing it back and forth times, so the grime loosens further. If the patch comes out dirty, repeat the above steps. Lastly, clean the receiver with rags and solvent and make sure to check every corner, as the M1A has many crannies. You can also clean out the trigger mechanism with a brush and aerosol spray without disassembling it. Note: Do not disassemble the trigger mechanism, as it is not required, and will be a real pain to reassemble. To learn the process in detail, check out the video below.
You will learn the proper way of inserting the brushes and guide rods inside the breech and bore to clean the M1A. The video will also show you how to clean the trigger assembly without stripping it. If you have questions about cleaning the gas system, the video will help you out with that, as well. A rifle has many components which rub against each other for operation.
Proper lubrication is essential to keep them running flawlessly and to prevent any unnecessary wear on the rifle. The essentials needed for lubrication are gun grease, gun oil, and a small brush for applying grease. Apply some grease on the operating rod track with a small painting brush. Use a swab to remove any excess grease. Now apply some grease on the inside of the receiver.
This is the part where the bolt moves, so it is necessary to add a thin layer of grease here. Plus, it will also create cleaning issues. The bolt lug contact point and locking recesses must also get a thin layer of grease for flawless operation. Add some grease to the roller bearing of the bolt and its sides. Next comes the trigger group. Apply some grease on the hammer hooks and the trigger sear.
Add some gun oil to all the pivots, pins, and springs of the weapon, such as the hammer pins, operating rod, recoil spring, and spring guide. Wipe out the excess oil after applying it to each component. Gather up the gun grease and gun oil for lubricating the rifle. This video will show you how and where to apply the grease and oil to prevent unnecessary wear to the rifle. It will show you the important points where lubrication is most required.
Once finished, inspect the rifle carefully for all wear points to ensure they have been lubricated. We will follow the exact reverse of the disassembly procedure to keep it simple. M1A Source Begin the reassembly by inserting the bolt back inside the receiver. This might take some effort and meddling, but make sure to do it carefully or you may end up damaging the bolt. Once the bolt is pushed back into the receiver, line up the retaining lug of the operating rod with the disassembly notch on the receiver, and slide the rod forward into the track.
Once done properly, the operating rod will move to and fro with the bolt. Check this using the charging handle. Now, the front of the recoil spring can be inserted into the operating rod by inserting the guide into the front end of the receiver and locking the pin into place. Watch the video below to see this in detail. Now revert the action and place it upside down.
Align the stock and push it over the action, so both these parts couple and seat perfectly. Line up the guide and grooves of the trigger group and receiver, then slide it inside the receiver. Close the trigger guard, and push it down to lock it in place. Cycle the gun, check the safety mechanism, and ensure that everything is working properly.
Watch this video to properly understand the reassembly of the M1A rifle and guide yourself through this procedure. The video will explain the proper way to insert the bolt and to line up different components for assembly.
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I think the anti seize is a real good way to prevent any damage. Today, I fired my M1A for the first time ever. I was to the left on every shot, but the elevation was perfect, and rounds were in a close group. So then I decided it was time to adjust the windage more to the right.
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Includes better combo tool for versatility and easy field stripping Dual-reservoir oiler for easy lubrication and carrying lube anywhere Good and compact cleaning kit and can be stored inside the buttstock Springfield Armory M1A Cleaning Kit Comes with cleaning patches for better cleaning The plastic case with carry handles helps with easy handling and storage Offers great value for money at its price View Latest Price Three Main Groups of an M1A Like most other rifles, the M1A can be seen as a combination of three different groups. These include the trigger housing group, the barrelled receiver group, and the stock group. First of all, the barrelled receiver group of an M1A includes the action of the rifle. The parts include the receiver, sights, bolt carrier group, gas system, and the barrel. This is the primary component of the M1A and is the part where all the action happens. This part includes the trigger assembly and the trigger guard.
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