This is a discussion on Gas system tools within the Gunsmithing forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; I'm a newbie who recently purchased a M1A Loaded. I want to make sure I buy the correct tools to clean the gas system. I'm ...
I'm a newbie who recently purchased a M1A Loaded. I want to make sure I buy the correct tools to clean the gas system. I'm reading Duff's book and he recommends the combo tool the castle nut pliers, the gas cylinder wrench/holder and the gas system clean out tool. I find by reading product reviews on Brownells and other websites that the pliers are hit and miss when it comes to quality (people complain that they break and can damage the nuts).
It seems Fulton Armory has these items and I haven't seen any complaints about them but wanted to check the forum for any feedback, or any other suggestions on locations to buy these tools.
I have the Sadlak cylinder wrench and drill set. You can certainly clean your rifle without them, but I've found both - especially the drills - to be a huge help keeping the gas system clean, especially after heavy use. Can't remember where I bought them.
Sadlak tools are great. Flash suppressor nut tools are kind of hit and miss. Most work OK as long as the nut is not over tightened. GI pliers work best, but are expensive and hard to find. Expect to pay $50 to $75 for a set of GI pliers.
They are special bits that you will not find at menards and Home Depot's so you won't be able to get them locally easily.
Someone like a McMaster Carr in Illinois would carry them or make your life easier and buy Sadlak with handles .
Could save a nickle by using a small punch and plastic faced hammer to remove the flash suppressor, do need the gas cylinder wrench unless you want to use a vice with padded jaws to hold gas cylinder, also need the drill bits to clean same, combo tool is handy to have as it will also work for taking apart the bolt(unless you have a 30-06 case). GI's used a lot of work-arounds in the field-like shoe string to clean barrel, etc. Most important is to have fun with your new toy.