I have owned my Springfield standard issue M1A for around 3 to 4 months now.
It worked excellent when I purchased it and I love it for that.
However, recently the last two times I took the rifle out I had issues with it, which currently make it useless to use. I don’t want to accidentally cause any damage to the rifle, so I’m reaching out for input and see if springfield would take a look at the rifle. Issues are below…
When inserting a loaded magazine into the rifle with the bolt locked to the rear. I return the bolt to the forward position. When I fire, there is a click and no bang. I charge the handle again and am allowed to fire 2 shots before the following happens…
The spent case does not fully eject, often getting caught by the bolt half way out of the chamber.
In the last instance that I fired the rifle, the round fired, but the casing didn’t eject. In fact, I couldn’t pull back the charging handle at all. It was stuck in the forward position. I let the rifle cool for a bit, but made no diffrence. With the range officers permission, I took the stock off the rifle to get a better view of what was going on. I’m not a gunsmith, so I didn’t notice anything major. I had to let the rifle sit for another minute or two before I was able to finally eject the casing.
Upon observation of the casing, there were no dents to the shell, but there was a scratch mark running down the side of it, as If it was catching on something. (Could be form my forced ejection).
I have made no alterations to the rifle at all. I have taken the rifle apart and cleaned it, especially around the gas system.
Any insight would be a great help.