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Old December 28th, 2016, 07:37 AM   #1
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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.

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Old December 28th, 2016, 08:12 AM   #2
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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.

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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.

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Old December 28th, 2016, 03:45 PM   #4
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I bought the castle nut pliers from a guy that goes by BlackH2 on ebay and Gun Broker.

Can't seem to find him right now.

He pops up now and again, but you have to be fast.

Cost a bit more but they are thicker material than others.

Bought (online) two of each drill bit for the piston for half of what the drills with handles cost.

The bits are described as aircraft length.

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Old December 28th, 2016, 04:18 PM   #5
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Letter P drill

Number 15 aircraft drill (long flute)

Helps if they have handles . . .

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Old December 28th, 2016, 04:51 PM   #6
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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 .

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Old December 28th, 2016, 04:54 PM   #7
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There was a set for sale in the classified ads on this site for a fare price. Drills and wrench.

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Old December 28th, 2016, 05:02 PM   #8
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There was a set for sale in the classified ads on this site for a fare price. Drills and wrench.
Those look sold, but I have a set I can let go for the same price.
I'm going to be relocating and I need to let duplicates I don't use go.
Pm me if you are interested.

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Old December 28th, 2016, 05:11 PM   #9
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I get my tools from brownells and treeline

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I get my tools from brownells and treeline
Those are really good places to shop. My Brownells brand pliers have worked fine.

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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.

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Old December 29th, 2016, 07:04 PM   #13
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Those are really good places to shop. My Brownells brand pliers have worked fine.
I agree. And don't forget, Brownell's puts a lifetime warranty on anything you buy from them.

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Bought brownells pliers too, ones with the yellow handles. Have held up so far, but not really used all that much.

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Letter P drill

Number 15 aircraft drill (long flute)

Helps if they have handles . . .
Drill bites sizes, Letter "P" and #15. Handles are easy to pick-up at Home-depot or Lowes while you're there also.


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