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Old April 28th, 2020, 06:09 PM   #1
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What extra parts should I have on hand?

Good evening everyone,

I just joined a few days ago and have been reading in great detail about the M14/M1A weapon system. I just got my first M1A rifle a few weeks back and unfortunately due to the Covid-19 BS I have not been able to take her out yet.

I'm new to the weapon system, I have been an AR-15 guy my entire life and I always had extra parts for my rifles lying around (firing pins, bolts, springs, etc.)

My question is what kind of spare parts do you guys keep around to keep the rifles running in the event of a breakage or, worst case scenario a possibility.

I know Smith makes some parts kits but is it necessary to have an extra bolt or two as well? And to expand on that is it a must to have a bolt disassembly tool?

Again I'm new here and new to the rifle and any info is welcomed, hope everyone is doing well and thanks in advance for your replies.

-John


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Old April 28th, 2020, 07:03 PM   #2
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Parts!?


I just shoot mine and reload lots of ammo...

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Old April 28th, 2020, 07:12 PM   #3
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It starts with bolt guts and springs, then it turns into enough parts to build a rifle. Then repeat.

Just something about these rifles, especially building them the way I like. I have the same problem with Garands.

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if the bolt fails,you have a club
bolt complete,trigger group complete,ejector/extractor misc springs,main springs etc

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Old April 28th, 2020, 07:37 PM   #5
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https://m14forum.com/gus-fisher/6645...nd-m-14-a.html

The above link is good information from a well known member here.

When I first bought an M1A back in 2012 I asked the same question.

Picked up most of the parts recommended.

Over 3500 rounds through the rifle and haven't used a single one.

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Old April 28th, 2020, 07:55 PM   #6
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Just buy another rifle, problem solved.....LOL

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Old April 28th, 2020, 08:35 PM   #7
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In 35 years, dozens of rifles and thousands of rounds, the only part I have ever broken was a WCE elevation drum that cracked in half when I smacked it on concrete. The only part I ever lost was the little ball bearing behind the 1/2 minute modified windage knobs.

Today's M14 pattern rifles usually have tight match chambers that are intended for high quality .308 Winchester ammunition. If you intend to feed it M80 surplus ammunition, especially foreign made fodder, than it would be a good idea to have a set of bolt guts on hand. Eventually, your extractor is going to hammer in an oversized round and the guts will go flying. You may not find all of them.

If you reload and like getting the maximum use from your cases, a broken shell extractor will eventually come in handy at the range.

I keep a clean piston in the butt trap, along with a USGI combination tool.

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Old April 28th, 2020, 08:49 PM   #8
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Buy some M1 Garand hammers. They’re relatively inexpensive and worth keeping around for the day your SAI cast hammer loses a claw. That’s the only issue I’ve ran into but I’ve not shot the M1A as much as some others.

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Old April 28th, 2020, 08:50 PM   #9
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Hello, ^^^^
What, Wiz just said. Is your best advise....
Saves you plenty of money in the long run, for ammo....
The rifle is new; correct?, it came with an factory warranty; correct?. Need, I say anymore?.
Like, Jeff said. Shoot it....
Unless, You want to end up like deuceguy and many others. There's plenty of time for that...as upgrades happen(one at a time)....
Oh, and good parts aren't cheap and as plentiful, like an AR platform is. Buy, wisely; it can get spendy....
And, welcome aboard... It is a fun rifle to shoot. You'll see... someday. Hopefully soon.

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Old April 28th, 2020, 09:10 PM   #10
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The main reason I pick up spare parts for just about every firearm i own is so i can pass the firearms to nieces, nephews and grandkids with the parts they may need some day.

My Dad passed a box of parts to me that contained spare parts needed for four pistols, two M1 Carbines and a shotgun.

Just wish he had collected a few spare parts for a pre-64 M70.

Looks like I'll have to spring for those parts.

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As a SHTF rifle, spare parts are essential.

I would say (USGI parts, all) a complete bolt guts kit, a spare set of springs/pins, a spare trigger group, an additional spare hammer, castle nut and gas plug. If you're really prepping, a spare complete rear sight. YMMV.
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Old April 29th, 2020, 02:42 AM   #12
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Just a warning. To many spare parts turn into another rifle. Ask me how I know...I'm up to seven and counting.

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Old April 29th, 2020, 03:19 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the replies. I will keep reading and thanks for the links to good info.

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Old April 29th, 2020, 05:09 AM   #14
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It starts with bolt guts and springs, then it turns into enough parts to build a rifle. Then repeat.

Just something about these rifles, especially building them the way I like. I have the same problem with Garands.
It's always nice to know that I'm in good company with that problem.

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Old April 29th, 2020, 05:22 AM   #15
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A full set of bolt internals.
Oprod spring
A spare trigger group is nice to have.

Eventually it morphs into a second rifle for a true spare you can use. That’s really the progression of the M1a virus.

I have many parts but the only part I’ve actually had to use was the extractor that went a flying, and an oprod spring for general maintenance.

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