This is a discussion on Problem with socom gas system within the Modern M14 forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; I recently tried a Sadelak non grooved TiN gas piston in my Socom the other day and it choked! It wouldn't feed the next round ...
I recently tried a Sadelak non grooved TiN gas piston in my Socom the other day and it choked! It wouldn't feed the next round at all. This rifle has always digested everything I've fed it without problems. I'd like to find a way to get it working with the new piston and I'm thinking about a smith enterprises M14 SOCOM Gas Plug. Any suggestions?
The sadlak piston has a longitudinal groove intended to allow shooting higher weight bullets without crashing the gas system. Vents more of the gas. Won't work as reliably with regular bullets. It's a match sort of contraption, not designed for regular folk. If you want TiN piston send your OEM piston out to someone for coating. Or just shoot it as is, as the original designers intended.
Try giving Mike Sadlak a call this afternoon or later tonight. He's usually back at the shop around 9pm EST
Thanks for the advice. I talked to mike today and I cant say enough good about the service I received!! He's sending me a piston out of one of his own personal firearms to try out to ensure that I don't get a lemon for testing.
Nothing was wrong with it. I just want to try to increase the acuracy of the rifle and the sadelak TiN pistons have a great reputation for increasing acuracy.
Actually, if you continue reading about the mysteries of gas pistons and pay particular attention to some of the expert commentary here by Gus Fisher or Art Luppino, you will see that you *must* try different pistons in your particular gun to find the "best one" for your particular gun.
In my tests, the Sadlak piston made my SOCOM more accurate. It made my Loaded much LESS accurate. I kept the Sadlak in the SOCOM and put the well worn USGI back in my loaded and that was the best way to go for my particular guns.
It really is trial and error with pistons. No one has figured any other way around it.
And yes, the folks at Sadlak are great people to deal with!