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Old March 11th, 2017, 05:22 PM   #1
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First Cleaning

As a new M1A owner, everything with it is new to me.
Today, I cleaned it for the first time. I thought I'd post a little about that, since I know there some other newbies on here.
Assembly and Reassembly was a lot easier than I expected.
I had watched the TonyBen videos, as well as another one on youtube. I also did some reading in the 'M14 Complete assembly guide'. I just didn't want to mess anything up and I sure did learn a lot.
The only 'snag' I ran into was removing the operating rod. I used a broad flathead screwdriver wedged up top and a tap on the bottom with a nylon hammer. ( I got lucky to not mar the finish. Next time, I'll put a strip of electrical tape behind the screwdriver )
I used an OTIS kit, bolt roller greaser CLP and Lucas Extreme Gun grease. I didn't 'glop' grease anywhere and just painted it on as in the videos, using a small horsehair brush from HFT. Over time I'll figure out how much grease it too much, not enough, etc.
I also installed a Sadlak spring guide.
Back together, it's very smooth and ready to hit the range!
Anyway, have a good weekend guys!

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Old March 11th, 2017, 05:33 PM   #2
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Welcome from Central Texas, you are on the right path.
the M14 Battle Rifle is a learning experience.. you will-
Learn it, Love it, Lube it, Feed it, Shoot it..... Repeat!

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Old March 11th, 2017, 05:38 PM   #3
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The oprod will get easier to remove each time. Mine was the same way, it's now to the point where I can put upward pressure with my thumb and it will pop out. If you use tape put it on the screw driver, then you want mar the rod or the receiver.

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Old March 11th, 2017, 05:56 PM   #4
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Don't become overly na-nal about cleaning your new platform from Tony's videos. The platform was designed to work under very dirty conditions. Clean the barrel and chamber, qtips the bolt face and lugs/tracks of old grease and soot. Put a touch of grease there.
Do the tip test to see that the gas sys is not carboned up. Finished.

Btw you don't need special grease. Anything from autozone will do nicely.

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Old March 12th, 2017, 08:31 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forum, Happy Shooting

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Old March 12th, 2017, 08:38 AM   #6
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Only time I've had the op-rod off was when I replaced the SAI original with a USGI. For cleaning, I follow Douglas Haig's advice above.

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