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Saturday, May 1, 2021

After Action: New Rifle(s)

Greetings Me Droogs N Droogettes!
I'm of two minds here right now.  One, the M1A is everything they say as far as accuracy goes.  OMFG is it accurate.  Now, no pictures because of Part Two.  Pt 2, well, I'm highly upset that -something- is wrong with it.  Like 'needs warranty repair' level stuff.  

Got to the range, got set up.  Got everything ready, and 'locked in' with the sling in the proper firing-for-record/accuracy to test it out with the iron sites.  National Match, and zeroed per the manual.  Locked in, Flag is up, commence firing.


What the fuck?
Drop mag, Cycle weapon, grab round as it unchambers.  Check primer.  No mark?  What the hell?  Reload round into magazine, re-seat mag, Rechamber round, set it back on safe so's to get repositioned, aim, take it off safe, and squuuuuueeeeeze trigger........

Ok... one off? Probably.  Re-align sites, squuuuuuuueeeeeeeze trigger........

Ok... What the fuck.  Perform clearance drill, except the bolt and charging handle is stuck in the forward locked position, and it ain't moving.  Ended up getting the RSO and the Head RSO (who also is a master gunsmith) and we start looking it over.  Seems Denny is a Master-Master of the M1A... like I am with ARs, his is Garands, M-14s and M1As.  Even he was stumped.  We did everything but the best I could do was 3 rounds in a row without issues.  This was highly bumming me out, as I had planned on getting at least 50 rounds through it.  I managed to get 15.

So, he suggested tearing the bolt apart when I got home, which I'm loath to do.  It -might- invalidate the warranty, and let me tell you, at $2000, I'll gleefully call Springfield on Monday, get a shipping label and send the fucker back for THEM to unfuck it.  It ain't the ammo... if anything it ate (when it did fire) all the BBs fed to it.

I took the following pictures of Da Boltage for y'all to see... anyone who knows more about these things, chime in if you see anything out of the ordinary (besides the obvious break-in wear and tear) which truthfully I'm a bit surprised at for the fact that it was showroom new at the start of the day, and that seems to be a LOT of wear for 15 rounds...

Now, that last one?  That's the bolt rear, with the firing pin all the way in the forward position, but part of it is still sticking out?  Not sure if it's supposed to be flush or not.  Like I said, I've never worked that extensively with these before.  So it's a learning curve for me.

Like I  said, calling Springfield in the A.M.
Let them figure it out Aye?
Now, the new AR-10, couple of teething problems that remedied after the first ten or so break in rounds.  That thing will be fine.  Just not sure what I'm going to do with it.  It's fun, but heavy.  Maybe sell it like the last?  Have to see.

Then the final part of the day was my 669.  I put 50 rounds through it for speed and accuracy drills.  It did not dissapoint.  In fact Sapper now wants his own, as it's such a fun mid-sized freaky little 9.  Not full sized, not compact... in between.

So, still cleaning up after a good shoot, and need to process and inspect the brass I collected today as well.  THEN I need to relaod at least 20 rounds to make up for what I threw today.

More Later I Remain The Intrepid Reporter
Big Country


  1. Part of your problem (I think) is a broken firing pin.

  2. Extractor/spring too stiff or locking up in it's tube. That's why you see that brass powder on the bolt face. Ohio Guy

  3. From what you describe on your first click, it is obvious that the firing pin never made contact with the primer. Your second photo down shows the front face of the firing pin tail. One side is beveled, the other is not. Possibly that sharp corner is sharp enough to snag/drag and cause a problem. I have an un-fired spare bolt made by TRW. Grabbed it just now to double check, and both of those corners are beveled on my bolt.

    Otherwise, at least in your photos, everything looks OK. Maybe you know this, but the issue cleaning rod handle (M-1 and M-14) is a bolt disassembly tool. I also get your concern about warranty. I never modify original parts, only spares.

    Would be happy to chat with you if need be, however sounds like you have expertise available in your AO.

  4. Springfield better make that right and I mean like pronto.

  5. Dear Sir, U.S. Army. 9Mar7-Dec71. early out Hon Dis. Mar71, Co armoror. Mil-Spec weapons are "looser" than snivillian. tore down many 14's. a1's. a2's. 16's also. u live in FLA. should use LSA oil 4 breakin-in. lots. the 14's we had in germany ended up at LaGuradia Italiano warehouses. change-over to 16's. once it's broke-in, breakfree Mil-spec should b fine. less cleaning. regards, Skynet.

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  7. hate to say i told you so but, no i don't. i told you so, lol. just kidding bro...sf is going to tell you ammo. i would beg/borrow/steel some quality factory rounds and try them first. 7.62x51 and .308 while interchangeable are not EXACTLY the same and a match chamber can tell the dif, sometimes, lol. either way you can then tell springfield that you already tried factory fodder and shut them up about that. it is also possible the firing pin channel is clogged with cosmo as you said the weapon was coated in it. could be holding the fp back just the thousandth to keep it from bang. good luck bro.