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Old 10-10-2017, 08:16 PM
bbayne bbayne is offline
 
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Default Which Tool?

I admit this is probably laziness on my part and with more research (including this forum) I could answer my own question but here goes:

Being a new collector/shooter, I'm really enjoying my two rifles at the range (an HR and Winchester). I'm realizing that I'm at the point that maybe I should buy a combo/cleaning tool.

Just curious what the current thoughts are on the M3A1 versus M10? With what little research I've done it appears that the M3A1 are going for a bit more than the M10 but feels like they have quite a bit of utility built into them?

If you had to just pick one (yes over time I'll probably get both but...) which would you go for?
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Old 10-10-2017, 08:36 PM
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As you correctly surmise, you'll end up with both, but . . . .

In the meantime, I suggest the M3A1.

It does have several applications to the rifle . . . one of which you will probably never use . . . and therefore more useful.

The M10 has fewer uses AND requires a section of cleaning rod to disassemble the bolt while still IN the rifle.
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Old 10-11-2017, 12:13 AM
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Buy the M3A1. Be sure to buy a real USGI one. Most repros are soft and will either break, bugger screws or bend when you try to apply sufficient pressure and torque where needed.

If you buy an M10 you'll be tempted to buy a ratchet chamber brush too. Save your money. They are difficult to use, you'll hate it and it will end up, like mine, in the bottom of a box somewhere.
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Old 10-11-2017, 12:29 AM
bbayne bbayne is offline
 
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Thanks for the info --- you confirmed my thoughts on the M3A1.

Ideas on where best to purchase one? Seems like a number of Italian surplus for sale on different web sites (I assume as good as USGI?). I also saw that Fulton Armory had them on sale but they do not provide any info (i.e. Italian, etc?).
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Old 10-11-2017, 02:21 AM
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I found that some of the Italian ones won't fit into the stock.

Here: https://www.ammogarand.com/m3-combo-tool-pb-marke3.html

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Old 10-11-2017, 10:19 AM
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I recommend:

Www.billricca.com
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:47 AM
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Neither Ammo Garand nor Bill Ricca's site have any in stock.
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:09 PM
bbayne bbayne is offline
 
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Bummer about those sites not having in stock.

Only ones I could find are:
https://www.libertytreecollectors.co...?idproduct=561

http://www.e-sarcoinc.com/m1grdcombotoolused.aspx

http://www.fulton-armory.com/comboto...brushm3a1.aspx

https://www.armynavysales.com/m1-gar...a398-1342.html

Thoughts? Based on some of the ads, hard to tell if really USGI or not... Otherwise should I rethink the M3A1 vs M10 and just get a CMP M10? Besides the cleaning rod and chamber brush (which I do not need) what does the M3A1 do that the M10 doesn't?

Thanks again!
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:57 PM
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Try Tarheel Ordnance: http://www.tarheelordnance.com/store/page3.html
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