View Full Version : New to the M1A game. What tools should I get

August 05, 2016, 21:31
What would you suggest getting to maintain the Springfield M1A? Any spare parts that you would suggest?

Local pawn shop had some nice old original Military mags on the shelf. What is the going price for the authentic GI mags?


August 05, 2016, 21:45
These are great mags


August 06, 2016, 04:41
Chamber brush, combination tool, gas cylinder wrench to hold it steady while you remove the gas plug with the combo tool.
Spare parts would be extractors with spring and plunger, ejector spring and plunger, firing pin and operating springs.
Then ammo , ammo , ammo.

August 06, 2016, 05:05
Ditto to ArtBanks but also add a coated cleaning rod with a muzzle guide. You'll have to clean from the muzzle to take care to ensure that the rod doesn't damage the muzzle.

You can either buy a bolt roller greaser or cut off a .45 ACP case and have one working just as good.

The CMI mags from 44mag.com are excellent and they are great folks to do business with.

August 06, 2016, 21:08
There are many manuals and books on the poor M-14 but THE best one on ass-embly and dis-ass-embly is the one from FULTON ARMORY by Clint McGee. Get that one. The USGI ones are nice to have but not as explanatory as the Fulton Armory one. For shits and giggles, you should get Blake Steven's book. Some of the M-14 books I bought was just to keep the information flowing/staying in print, although I didn't need them.

I need to get the one from Different, although I do not know the title or how to get one.

Quality, reliable M-14 mags are hard to find and expensive. Get a bunch of them and mag pouches that will work with your shoot 'n scoot gear. Full mags are heavy. You do not want to throw them around and dent them all up and make them un-useable.

Welcome to the M-14 Cult. You better have plenty of patience, time, money and energy if you plan on dealing with them over the next part of your life.


August 07, 2016, 10:39
Check out some videos by Tony Ben as well. He can be found on youtube under tonyben3. He has some good M14/M1A instruction videos gear more for the beginner but even old hands like them.

August 09, 2016, 12:32
"coated cleaning rod with a muzzle guide"

Not since I got a Otis cleaning kit over twenty years ago. Works great on my M-1 carbines, Garands, and M-14 clones.


I use my Sinclair/Dewey coated rods for the bolt-action stuff now.

Mark IV
August 09, 2016, 20:09
GI ... I said GI castle nut pliers, spare bolt assembly, 3/32 punch, TM 9-1005-223-20.

August 09, 2016, 20:20
Gas cylinder wrench.