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haulie 10-25-2009 06:17 PM

WTS: M1 Garand gas plug wrenches, out of stock.
 
OUT OF STOCK, I'LL UPDATE WHEN MORE ARE AVAILABLE


Please email me, I'm not taking any PMs because I want to keep everything organized in one place.





I bought my first M1 last summer and after taking it apart to clean and inspect it, I found using a "make due with what you have around" (In my case a large flathead screwdriver) tool to remove the gas plug somewhat lacking. I thought that, being a machinists apprentice, I could make something better. I designed, milled, turned, assembled and inspected all these wrenches personally.

Features:
-CNC milled with radiused corners throughout.
-440C stainless steel handle with aggressive knurling cut out of the handle, as opposed to traditional "rolled on" knurling, which only displaces material.
-Wrench heads milled close to the axis of the handle to help keep the wrench from slipping out under torque.
-Wrench head made from O-1 tool steel.
-One side of wrench head fits WWII style single slot gas plugs, opposite side fits post war "+" shape style gas plugs.
-Wrench head and handle mated with 3/8x24 threads bonded with J-B weld.
-All sharp edges broken with an abrasive brush.

NOTE: The wrench head is "steel in the white", that's to say it is untreated and may show rust if not properly maintained. I recommend using a lightly oiled brush applied to the wrench head after each use and storage in the original VpCI packaging.

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The post war wrench head ("+" shape) has been tested for fit on 43+ Garands including: 2 IHC's, 6 HRA's, 4 Winchesters, and a bunch of SA's ranging from rackers with fairly well worn gas plugs to collector grades with gas plugs that are nearly new. (Thanks to a member of the CMP forum.) Four sizes were tested at; -.002", .000", +.002" and +.004". The size that fit all the gas plugs the best is the size you will be getting, (.000")

As far as the single slot gas plug goes, I have seen two distinct styles. One is what may be a reproduction, on which the "legs" of the gas plug are about .020" longer compared to known USGI single slot gas plugs. (Thanks to another member of the CMP forum.) Making two different sizes of single slot plug heads and then having you guys guess as to which one you have would be a giant PITA. My final design will fit both styles.

The wrench fits only USGI gas plugs and dimensionally accurate reproductions. All the aftermarket adjustable gas plugs are proprietary in design. If you have a gas plug other than USGI, please inquire about a custom wrench.


To order please email me.

The wrench will be oiled and wraped in VpCI paper. I'm charging $40.00 plus a $5.00 flat fee to cover USPS priority mail shipped CONUS, including delivery confirmation. Please include your screen name and real name in your email, so I can keep track of who is who. A USPS money order for $45.00 is the only form of payment I will accept. If you have any questions and/or to order please email me through the forum.

I've spent a fair amount of time refining the sizes and shapes of the design and don't see anyone having fitment problems, however, if you have any problems with your wrench, PLEASE CONTACT ME! I will make it right!

I'd like to thank the members of the CMP forum for helping me develop this tool.

Thanks for checking it out, please feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Please email me, I'm not taking any PMs because I want to keep everything organized in one place.

richardk 10-25-2009 06:56 PM

Set of Wrenches
 
Put me down for a set of wrenchs / lock wrench and screw wrench :cool::cool:

MTC29 10-25-2009 07:00 PM

These are fantastic tools. I bought one of the first to come off the produciton line and it is a favorite. The price is a steal for a custom tool of this quality; made in the USA and by an American.

GregM 10-25-2009 07:40 PM

I want a gas plug wrench. I've sent you a pm.

GregM

balew6254 10-25-2009 07:54 PM

Received my gas plug wrench last week. It is a great tool and completes my set from haulie. Fantastic workmanship, thanks.

b

steelap 10-26-2009 04:56 AM

OK; put me on the list. Let me know when and where to send the money.

I would like one gas lock wrench.

"Life is Good!"

P.S. Will you accept cash?

curtis 10-26-2009 06:54 AM

Put me on the list for one of the gas plug wrenches, thanks.

rtm16 10-26-2009 09:17 AM

please add me to your list for one of each, thank you

ernie 10-26-2009 09:57 AM

I would like one of the gas lock wrenches.
 
I got one of the gas plug wrenches from you and find it to be absolutely excellent. I hate my current gas lock wrench as it damages the finish so this looks like a home run to me!

Sign me up for one!

Ernie

haulie 10-31-2009 01:10 AM

I have 10 sets of wrenches ready to ship out. I've emailed all those members. More coming.....Thanks for all the orders and for patiently waiting.


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