M1A bolt holdback issue

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M1A bolt holdback issue

Post by hurricanecharlie » Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:06 pm

Put in new bolt catch.
bolt initially hold by applying bolt catch with no mag.
then lets go with slightest jarring>
Could this be op rod spring issue?
Also ,bought a pro mag ten round mag.
Will not strip the round to feed.
Is this typical of pro mag product?

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Re: M1A bolt holdback issue

Post by Dave P » Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:33 pm

What was wrong with original bolt catch?? I am sure the angles of the dangles on the catch are very important to proper operation. Have you got a USGI catch?

And, be VERY CAREFUL dinking with its pivot pin. Easy to break the rcvr.

I recall that promag magazines are not so good. Find some real USGI ones.
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Re: M1A bolt holdback issue

Post by M14man » Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:45 pm

I had the same issue. Seems like the catch just makes the grab. Had Dow's put in a new one. Months later it was slipping too. I had heard there was an after market longer one. Not sure if a skilled Tig man could extend the leg out also.(obviously out of gun)Mine would lock up, but soon as I removed the mag it would slip, or if it held; when bumped

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Re: M1A bolt holdback issue

Post by hurricanecharlie » Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:13 pm

Exactly what I am having.
who makes extended bolt catch?

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Re: M1A bolt holdback issue

Post by M14man » Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:30 pm

It was maybe 8 0r 9 years ago that I saw it advertised. Possibly a internet search will turn up, or a call to Fulton or SPringfield.
I just live with the issue and lower the bolt so it doesn't slip.I don't like it when I am at a range and they call "safe", and have to lock it back and remove mag. I use a chamber flag then. As said, maybe a skilled welder could add a little more leg to a part.

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Re: M1A bolt holdback issue

Post by flcracker » Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:55 am

No, the Smith Ent. extended bolt stop is extended on the outside so that it's easier to hit and release in a rapid reload situation.

Start with USGI mags and see if the problem resolves itself.

Clean the engaging surfaces of the bolt stop and the bolt. Inspect bolt for wear at the critical point where they engage each other.

Then, call Springfield. They offer a lifetime warranty on M1As for a reason. Use it.
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Re: M1A bolt holdback issue

Post by GunnyHiway » Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:43 pm

I have owned 6 or 7 M1As and still have a couple left and ALL of them would release the bolt if jarred hard enough. I thought all of them were like that?

When I'm on the bench cleaning mine I stick one of the empty stripper clips in the guide and ease the bolt onto it to keep the chamber open and things safe like my fingers. [smilie=011.gif]


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Re: M1A bolt holdback issue

Post by hurricanecharlie » Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:32 pm

A great field expedient "repair" in my opinion.
Why didn't I think of that?
Now all i need to do is find a stripper .
Can a Mosin or Enfield (might have an old Springfield) stripper be used?
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Re: M1A bolt holdback issue

Post by GunnyHiway » Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:56 pm

hurricanecharlie wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:32 pm
A great field expedient "repair" in my opinion.
Why didn't I think of that?
Now all i need to do is find a stripper .
Can a Mosin or Enfield (might have an old Springfield) stripper be used?
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Not sure if the Springfield will fit, I would think it probably will due to the shell base being an '06 and the .308 has the same size base.

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Re: M1A bolt holdback issue

Post by hurricanecharlie » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:32 pm

used a mauser k98 stripper worked like a charm

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Re: M1A bolt holdback issue

Post by lakelandman » Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:49 pm

hurricanecharlie wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:32 pm
used a mauser k98 stripper worked like a charm
Did you get all fixed?
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Re: M1A bolt holdback issue

Post by hurricanecharlie » Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:34 pm

waiting on a gi mag from a friend
tried a brand new Korean and so so
loved the stripper clip trick for cleaning

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