That's exactly what the combo tool was designed for. Soldiers in the field only had the combo tool, no gas cylinder wrenches.I am new to the m1a's, i took my gas cylinder plug out and tightened it using the combo tool but i didnt use the wrench. Is this bad? is there something i need to do to revert anything i did? Buying a wrench btw
I'm sorry, but bend the barrel????tightening the plug without using a wrench on the cylinder can warp and/or crack the cylinder, damage the splines or cylinder recesses, and causes variation in the amount of torque. In extreme cases it can bend the barrel. Either use a wrench, or place the cylinder in padded vise jaws and just 'snug' it, or in a pinch use a large crescent wrench. do not tighten.
Personally I don't have a problem believing "they" can bend a barrel with their bare hands. I have seen them break an anvil with a rubber mallet.GI1Yup, seen it more than once. Not sure how 'they' did it, as I would have said it can't be done, but somehow 'they' found a way.
Never used the combo tool, always a wrench or socket. I used the GC lock tool along with the wrench or socket to stabilize the GC. Not good at explaining things but here is what I did. Put the GC tool on the GC lock and a socket wrench on the GP. Put them on so you can sqeeze them together to loosen the GP. Installation was the reverse...sqeezed them together to tighten the GP.Bottom line is without using opposing force from the wrench/tool loosening the gas plug itself, you can torque the gas cylinder itself and it is on a series of splines that align it with the overall system. A piece of leather/heavy cloth to avoid marring/scratching and use of Channel Locks will work if no wrench is available as well as bench vise(not always handy.) Some of those gas plugs are in there quite tight, even seized, and lots of torque could do damage to the barrel/gas cylinder if not supported. I would get me one of those wrench/tools to work with your rifle, small price to pay.
Yes, they exist. I know B.A.D. has a gas cylinder wrench that is for the m14 on one end, and the M1 on the other end. Others may also make them.What about the gas cylinder lock screw on an M1? Would you give the same advice about it? If so, where would one obtain some type of supporting "wrench" for the M1? Do they even exist?
I suppose one can conjure up almost any scenario, but until I can see this to be a significant problem I believe I would forget about it. Any gorilla can destroy just about anything, but using common sense and reasonable care, it is unlikely damage will occur.
I don't doubt someone bent a barrel, I'm just saying you could rip the hex off the end of the gas plug before you bent the barrel.Yup, seen it more than once. Not sure how 'they' did it, as I would have said it can't be done, but somehow 'they' found a way.