I got my M1A standard a few months ago. I love the rifle, having put about 500 rounds of Australian through it so far.
At the range today I had my first malfunction, a fail to eject. I removed the spent shell, then tried shooting again. Failed to fire. I then took a closer look and the ejector was missing, the plunger extractor spring was hanging out of the bolt face, and the firing pin was hanging off the bottom of the bolt.
I'd like to get the gun properly fixed asap, so that I can get back to the range.
I'm thinking of 3 possibilities and am seeking advice on what to do:
1) Try to fix it myself. I'm a new rifle owner, and I've seen posts from folks mentioning replacing extractors. However, do things like headspace have to be rechecked after replacing the extractor? Another advantage is that I could use USGI replacement parts.
2) Send it back to Springfield. I'm not sure how long this would take, and I'm guessing I would still have the problem of a non- USGI extractor. Although, I have more confidence in them fixing it than doing it myself at this point.
3) Send it out to an independent gunsmith. Does anyone know a smith qualified to work on M14's in the SF bay area?
Would appreciate thoughts and advice!