Great information, as always. I read with considerable interest the article on 308 battle rifles by Ulysses in Montana, and it made me think once again of my M1A and the one dilemma I have with it; how to break it down for cleaning. I come from an M16/AR-15 background, having spend some years in the Army. It is also very easy to find a wide variety of videos on the AR-15 platform, many with great video closeups of how to break down and clean that weapon. Unfortunately, I have been unable to find a similar video for the M1A rifle. Do you have any recommendations for a video that I could buy (or YouTube would be even better, I find it hard to believe I can't find one there!) that would give me good, detailed information on how to field strip and properly clean an M1A?
Thanks so much, - Terry G.
JWR Replies: I've always liked the videos produced by American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI). Their M1 Garand / M1A Rifles Armorer's Course starts with field stripping and reassembly, but then it goes a lot deeper: Detailed assembly and disassembly to the very smallest parts, (even the rear sight--careful don't lose those ball bearings!), bore inspection and gauging, glass bedding, the whole works! Reader J.W.J. mentioned this free illustrated PDF that is also quite instructive.