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Have you ever disassembled your M1 Carbine bolt?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Fatelvis, Oct 15, 2004.


Do you disassemble your m1 Garand/carbine bolt when cleaning?

  1. Yes, every cleaning

    0 vote(s)
  2. occationally, every 2-3 cleanings

    1 vote(s)
  3. occationally, every 4-? cleanings

    4 vote(s)
  4. never

    3 vote(s)
  1. Fatelvis

    Fatelvis Well-Known Member

    Have you ever felt it necissary to disassemble your M1 carbine bolt, to clean it?
  2. 444

    444 Well-Known Member

    Yes, but that isn't one of your choices.
    I did it when I first bought it.
    It was full of cosmoline.
    I have never done it again.
    But, I only shot it once and haven't touched it again.
  3. hps1

    hps1 Well-Known Member

    Have disassembled the bolt on one or two occasions, but do not routinely do so.

    Hadn't shot my carbine in years as I can no longer see iron sights, but just put an S&K scope mount and a Millet red dot sight on the old warhorse and it is sure a fun gun to shoot again. Works great for quick shots on close running coyotes.:)

  4. hps1

    hps1 Well-Known Member

    Sorry for double post.
  5. QuarterBoreGunner

    QuarterBoreGunner Well-Known Member

    I took a good look at it when I stripped it the first time I got it home... held it up to the light... gave it a little shake...

    and decided it was just fine with a little tooth brush scrub and CLP...

    I suppose if I knew how I would have.
  6. Navy joe

    Navy joe Well-Known Member

    Yes, several times. Would be an easy job except for the four hands and a trained monkey it takes to get the extractor and ejector back in. Don't see much periodic maint. need in there, nothing some spray cleaner can't handle.
  7. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    You didn't have this choice, but I only disassembly the bolt to replace a broken part, which is 99% of the time the extractor.

    There's normally no reason to disassemble the bolt except to replace a broken part.
    If you think it needs cleaning, spray it down with WD-40 and blow it out with an air hose. Then lube it.

    A bolt disassembly tool is a must if you have to replace any parts.

    BTW, if you shoot your Carbine a lot, pick up a spare extractor. It may save you a day of shooting.

    I had another extractor break a couple months ago.
  8. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    A big second on the tool, not so much to take the bolt down but to get it back together.

    I recommend the bolt not be taken down routinely, even with the tool. It was not intended or designed to be disassembled in routine cleaning. Neither was the gas cylinder/piston, which was designed to be self cleaning and dismantled only by a trained armorer.


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