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Old 07-04-2010, 11:35 PM
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Lavatech, for those who don't know the backside of the brush holder is used to depress the ejector and pop the extractor up. Just push it into the breechface with the tab under the extractor and turn up. Then release slowly as the ejector spring is under pressure and will launch if you're not careful.
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Old 12-05-2010, 08:17 AM
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Default M3 Combo tools, are they common?

I recently discovered the existance of the M3 but, still can't find out much about them. Do many of you guys have them? When were they made and by whom? When did the M3A1 become the standard? I know you old timers can bring me up to speed. So, if you would be so generous to fill in the blanks that Google couldn't. I would be grateful.

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Old 12-05-2010, 11:44 AM
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The M3 tool was adopted in 1937 and superseded by the M3A1 in 1945.There are some variations in the screwdriver blade and they usually are not maker marked having only drawing numbers on them.They remained in use until supplies were depleted.They are not uncommon,I believe Springfield Sporters still has them listed for sale.I have a couple in my accessory collection.Bill Ricca is the expert on accessory items and has an excellent information site here http://www.billricca.com/histories.htm covering the M3A1 tool.

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Old 12-05-2010, 01:39 PM
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Not really sure what a good price on the M3 tools is, but I've seen them at gun shows for $50 and up. I thought was a little much. Springfield Sporters has them for $20 each.
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:11 PM
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Thank you gentlemen. I ordered one of those from Springfield Sporters for $20.00. The one I received does not appear to have been issued but, does show signs of age. I am happy with it and feel like they are a good deal. Innitially, I thought they were M3A1s that did not have the slot tip replaced with a brush. I came home on my lunch hour and found the M3 in the mail. It turned out to be a neat surprise. I e mailed Bill Ricca to ask about it because I missed the first (only) note on it that I later found in his description.

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Old 12-05-2010, 06:44 PM
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What's the proper way to use the tool? I have one but I seem to fumble around with it.
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Old 12-05-2010, 06:58 PM
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What's the proper way to use the tool? I have one but I seem to fumble around with it.
Playing around and using both tools the M3 is more awkward to use than the M3A1 tool it seems like.A lot if it,to me,has to do with that bend they put in the M3A1 instead of straight like the M3.
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Old 12-05-2010, 08:51 PM
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That information that the first year was 1937 is incorrect. I have SA documentation showing the first production as 1939.

The production of the M3 continued on all the way through 1945 even as the M3A1's were in production. It was also being issued all the way through the late 1950's in active duty and into the 1960's in some reserve units.
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:11 PM
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That information that the first year was 1937 is incorrect. I have SA documentation showing the first production as 1939.

The production of the M3 continued on all the way through 1945 even as the M3A1's were in production. It was also being issued all the way through the late 1950's in active duty and into the 1960's in some reserve units.

My source on the date was Pyles book.

Edit:I looked again it says "adopted" in 1937.
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Old 12-06-2010, 12:17 AM
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Thank You again gentlemen. CMP and its members are the best.

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