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Old March 10th, 2010, 07:06 PM   #1
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M14, M1A cleaning and service tools

We all know that some things are required, some desired and some essential... and there's lots out there to spend your money on.

Would any of the more seasoned members wish to outline whats available and where? Thanks.. Ron

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Old March 10th, 2010, 08:48 PM   #2
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I think there is a sticky on this somewhere, but I would say that without a 'Boresnake' your kit is not complete.

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Old March 10th, 2010, 09:26 PM   #3
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I am a huge fan of the Sadlak gas system cleaning tools. You need three drills bit tools and a gas cylinder wrench. I opted for the 1/2 inch aluminum wrench. A bit pricey but they are well made and will last a lifetime not to mentioned they are coated. You are also going to need something to turn the gas plug. I use a 1/4 inch drive ratchet but I have a M14 combo tool in my range box. Talking about range box, I wne tot Kmart and picked up a $12 dollar tackle box to keep everything organized in.
I am also a huge fan of the dewey cleaning rods. They have a 24 or 26 inch one for the .30cal. What ever rod you get make sure you get the delrin muzle guide they sell. Nice piece!!!!

I also use a tool made by CJ Weapons Accesories it is called the chamber maid. It is a flexable plastic coated wire and it has 8/32 female threads at the end where you can place a chamber brush. There is also a great product called a chamber mop. It goes on the end of the chamber maid its made of wool or you can get cotton and it cleans up the residue after you use the chamber brush.

I also am a fan of the hoppes elite series gun oil, copper terminator and gun cleaner. Whatever you do I suggest getting some sort of copper cleaner. I like hoppes elite because it does not smell and I can get away with cleaning the rifle on the floor in front of the TV without having to hear it from the wife. Although they have not come up with a nail polish remover that does not stink yet. Thats another story.

I also use a .50cal bore brush that is attached to a 8 inch pistol cleaning rod to swab the gas cylinder.
If you have any questions feel free to ask away. If you have any trouble tracking down these items when you are surfing the net let me know.


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Old March 11th, 2010, 07:57 AM   #4
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Great.. That's a start. My "kit" is currently all 1911 oriented and all I have for the M1A is "the habit". I do use bore snakes for my pistols and they're handy at the range. I'll pick one up for the 7.62 as well. I'm leery of the muzzle end and have been looking for guide that will fit the SOCOM16. A couple of reviewers noted that Dewey (Midway) wouldn't fit. I'll do a little more research. I looked for a sticky, but didn't find exactly what i was looking for. I need to get my head around the grease concept. I use FP-10 oil for everything on my 1911's, however I do feel the rails there would benefit from grease as well. Looks like there quite a bit of "stuff" I need.. LOL... Thanks.. Ron

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Ron you need some stuff, not a lot. Most you have access to right now. bore guide can be a spent 12 Ga casing. Drill out the primer. Gas system wrench can be an adjustable wrench, padded with leather. Grease from Advance Auto and your dang finger. The toys are nice but down deep its the shooter.

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Ron you need some stuff, not a lot. Most you have access to right now. bore guide can be a spent 12 Ga casing. Drill out the primer. Gas system wrench can be an adjustable wrench, padded with leather. Grease from Advance Auto and your dang finger. The toys are nice but down deep its the shooter.
True DAT! The 1911 addiction had already ravaged available funds, so what do I do?? Order a new SOCOM-16... LOL.. M1A kit makes the 1911 kit seem cheap... What can I say.. LOL.. It's all fun however. My computing career (systems administrator) is winding down and I'm enjoying resurrecting my old hobbies. Just need to lay in stock prior to the actual retirement and associated reduction in payroll Cheers.. Ron

PS: The SOCOM-16 uses the same gas cylinder wrench as the other M1A's doesn't it?

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I'm liking the looks of the chamber maid. Seems like a simple solution to the problem.

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Old November 21st, 2011, 08:43 PM   #8
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Is this the correct Dewey one piece rod for the M14?

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/715...12-x-28-thread

It looks like I will need to buy different brushes because it is male threaded.

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Dewey Coated Rod: Part #30C-36

Dewey Cleaning Loop: Part #30LF

Dewey Muzzle Guard: Part #N141

Dewey .30 Cal Bore Brush

USGI Chamber Brush

Sadlak Gas Cylinder Wrench + Gas Cylinder Tools

USGI Combination Tool

and ... Frog Lube

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I have the Socom 16 and the muzzle break is 3/4" outside diameter. I also just bought a Scout Squad and I believe it is narrower than that but I wont be able to confirm that until it gets out of the 10 day California detox program! I am getting myself stocked on cleaning equipment for the M1A's also. I just found a range I can frequent often that goes out 300 yds. Plus has other ranges for pistols all outdoors with tables and over hang for shade. Will be trying to become proficient with my M1A's and my other addiction the 1911!!

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