March 11th, 2017, 05:22 PM
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Spring, Texas
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!