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M1A Firearm Maintenance: Part 2 Cleaning

Continuing with our M1A & M14 Maintenance
series in this video We’ll show you how to clean the M1A beginning with the barrel The
first step is to clean the Chamber using a special Ratcheting chamber brush tool The
ratcheting action allows the Brush to be rotated in the Confines of the ejection port
To use the brush simply insert it Into the chamber insert a rod or Screwdriver into the
hole in the Base and rotate the brush by Working the handle back and Forth
When done simply pull the brush Out with the handle
If the brush is difficult to remove As is sometimes the case with a New one you can
use a cleaning Rod in the barrel to exert pressure On the front of the brush while Rotating
it with the handle to Ease it out Next we can move onto cleaning The bore
Due to the design of these rifles We need to clean from the muzzle End However some
shooters Prefer to pull the patches through By passing the rod through the Barrel and
fastening the patch at The breech end If you prefer this approach you May want to
consider the Otis Cleaning system Nonetheless today we’ll be using The Dewey
bore guide made Especially for the M1A to keep the Rod centered in the bore
To begin we’ll run a solvent-Soaked patch or mop down the Bore and let it sit for a
few Minutes to loosen things up Then we can switch to a brush And run back
it and forth through The bore making ten to fifteen Complete strokes
Next we’ll switch back to the jag And run a few patches with a bit Of solvent on them
to wipe out The bore Then run a clean dry patch Through and see
how it looks If the patch shows signs of dirt You’ll want
to repeat the Procedure to get the last of the Fouling removed
Once the barrel is clean we can Wipe out the receiver with a rag Some solvent and a brush
to Remove both accumulated fouling And old grease
There are a lot of nooks and Crannies in this gun so take your Time and try to get as much
of the Dirt as you can Once you’re satisfied with the Receiver give
the entire assembly A good wipe down and set it aside
Next the bolt can be brushed Using solvent as needed to Remove any build up
Be sure to check under the Extractor around the firing pin And around the roller for dirt
and Carbon that could affect Functioning Once you’re finished wipe it down And set
it aside Once the bolt is cleaned we move Onto the
trigger group It should be left assembled for Regular cleaning
Normally a bit of solvent and a Good brushing is all that’s needed Be sure to lower the
hammer and Check underneath while you’re Using the brush
If you find a lot of residue hiding In the mechanism you may want To use an aerosol cleaner
like TCE Or GunScrubber to help flush it Out You may be wondering about the Gas system
It is normally left alone for routine Cleaning as it is considered to be Serviceable as long
as the piston Moves back and forth easily If it becomes necessary to remove The piston
for cleaning or Maintenance Brownells carries Gas cylinder wrenches and Specialized piston
cleaning tools To make the job easier Now that we’ve finished cleaning In our next
video we’ll take a long Look at how the M1A and M14 Should be lubricated to keep it Operating

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