As with all gun owners, those that own the Springfield Armory M1A rifle need to regularly clean their weapons. That is because gun cleaning and general maintenance should be seen as part of your best shooting practice.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at six of the best M1A cleaning kit solutions currently on the market. Some of these choices are designed mainly for M1A rifle cleaning. Others will be very useful for those shooters who own the M1A along with a selection of other guns.
But before getting into the individual reviews, here’s a…
Quick Heads up on M1A Rifle Cleaning
While regular cleaning is a must, the M1A rifle does not require much disassembly. Indeed, while carrying out your regular cleaning routine, you don’t even need to remove the barreled action from the stock.
This fact is backed up by Springfield themselves (along with other rifle manufacturers). They only recommend barreled action removal for a full cleaning after every thousand rounds or so have been fired.
The reason is that full disassembly of your rifle can lead to undue wear on the stock. Every time you disassemble/reassemble the rifle, it will cause the stock to hold less tightly onto the barreled action.
Having said that, this is more true of rifles that come with wooden stocks than those with synthetic stocks. That is because synthetic stocks are far more durable.
You’ll need the right tools…
The M1A rifle cleaning process is fairly straightforward. However, it does help if you have the necessary ‘tools’ all in one place. That is exactly what the best M1A cleaning kit packages offer.
As briefly mentioned, the cleaning kits chosen here will not all be specific to M1A rifle cleaning only. Some are classed as ‘Universal Cleaning Kits,’ which means that they contain components that will allow you to clean other weapons of different calibers.
The universal kit solution is the way to go for owners of multiple weapons. Just to confirm, all of the universal cleaning kits reviewed below do contain parts to clean your M1A rifle. So, let’s get started with a universal kit from Otis that has been very well-received by shooters and is their…
6 Best M1A Cleaning Kit in 2023
1 Otis – Compact Gun Cleaning System – Tactical Cleaning Kit – Best USA Produced M1A Cleaning Kit
Otis has been producing top-quality cleaning kits since 1985, and their Tactical Cleaning Kit is a point in case.
It comes with the Otis Breech-to-Muzzle® clean promise
This made-in-the-USA kit includes components to ensure the Otis registered ‘proper Breech-to-Muzzle®’ clean. It is classed as ‘Universal’ because it can be used for cleaning the majority of rifles, pistols, and shotguns.
Six bronze bore brushes, including one for your M1A (.30/.308/30-06/30-30) needs, are included. The other brushes are for .22/.223, .270, .38/9mm, .45 cal, and 12 gauge. It also contains unique cotton patches that work as highly effective, 360-degree coverage swabs.
What’s in the box?
You get 10 x 2-inch, 10 x 3-inch 100% cotton patches, three slotted tips, and two Otis patch savers®. There are also 8-inch and 30-inch aircraft grade Memory-Flex® cables and thread connectors to ensure proper Breech-to-Muzzle® cleaning.
However, that’s not all; there is one more aircraft grade Memory-Flex® cable (5-40 thread). This comes with a slotted tip that is small enough to clean .17 caliber firearms.
Then there are small and large obstruction removers. These can be used to knock out mud, snow, and any stuck casings. The included T-handle attaches quickly to the cables for added comfort while cleaning.
The final inclusions are a chamber flag, a 0.5 fl. oz Shooter’s Choice FP-10 Lubricant Elite® CLP, and an instruction manual. Otis even includes a no-nonsense warranty with this effective universal gun cleaning kit.
Everything in its place…
Neat, it certainly is. It comes in a compact, lightweight, soft-pack case (4-inch x 4-inch x 2.5-inch). That means everything required for multiple weapon cleaning is in one handy place, and transportation could not be easier.
- Well-respected gun cleaning kit manufacturer.
- Universal kit – Good for the majority of weapons.
- 6 bronze bore brushes – Includes 1 for your .308 needs.
- Allows for proper Breech-to-Muzzle® cleaning.
- Well-stocked with effective cleaning items.
- Comes in a compact, lightweight, soft-pack case.
- None (for multi-weapon owners).
2 Springfield Armory M1A Rifle – Complete Cleaning Kit – Best Cleaning Kit for the M1A
This cleaning kit is from Springfield Armory – the company that designed the M1A.
Based on the original M14 cleaning kit
There are no frills to this straightforward M1A rifle cleaning kit. It is designed for fast and effective rifle cleaning. That is regardless of whether you are hiking or hunting in the backwoods, back at base, or at the range.
The contents are the same as those used by U.S. troops for cleaning their original M14 rifles. Indeed, some who have purchased this kit claim it is actually from military surplus supplies.
What’s in the box?
It comes with a basic (4-piece sections) cleaning rod contained in a cotton carry pouch. From there, you get a comb tool for pushing the rod down the bore and for removing the gas plug. On top of that, you also get a ratchet end chamber and bore brushes. To finish things off, there is an empty lubri-plate/tung-linseed oil container and 100 cleaning patches with a patch jig.
All of this comes in a handy plastic case with a US sticker on the front. Most of these items can fit in the butt stock of your M1A. However, some buyers state the rods do not fit in with the rest of the kit.
One other thing to note: While this is classed as a ‘complete’ M1A rifle cleaning kit, it does not include cleaning supplies for a full disassembly and comprehensive weapon cleaning. Rather it is for quick and regular cleaning drills.
- Kit specific for your M1A rifle.
- Based on the original M14 cleaning kit.
- No nonsense/No frills cleaning.
- Designed for quick/effective cleaning.
- A good quantity of cleaning patches is included.
- Not for ‘complete’ M1A takedown/cleaning.
- The oil bottle is very fragile.
3 Birchwood Casey – Best Affordable Cleaning Kit for M1A
Birchwood Casey has been producing quality shooting and gun care products since 1948. Attention to detail and providing exactly what shooters want means their supplies have more than stood the test of time.
A cleaning set for the most popular calibers
This universal cleaning kit is designed for use at the range but is equally at home wherever it is needed. It comes with brushes, jags, picks, and pull-through cleaning cables. The 29-piece set contains the essential items required to quickly clean popular caliber rifles and handguns.
Add to that a portable zippered case with molle webbing for ease of carrying, and you are set to go. The case itself has dimensions of 9 x 5.5 x 2 inches.
Quality content for the price…
For the quality components offered, this kit has a reasonable price tag. It comes with a 31.5-inch pull-through cable, seven bore brushes, seven cleaning jags, one patch holder, and four cleaning picks. There are also four stainless steel cleaning rod sections (26 inches – total length) and a cleaning rod/pull-through cable handle.
As for the included brushes, you get a utility brush, a cleaning brush, and two chamber brushes (.223/5.56 and .308/7.62).
- Well-respected gun care product manufacturer.
- 29-piece set for popular rifles and handguns.
- 2 x Chamber brushes (.223/5.56 and .308/7.62).
- Convenient zippered case with molle webbing.
- Ease of transportation.
- Reasonable price for component quality.
4 GLORYFIRE Universal Gun Cleaning Kit – Most Durable M1A Cleaning Kit
If you are looking for a highly popular universal gun cleaning kit, then this GLORYFIRE solution is it. There are three choices available. The first two are the classic version with plastic jags and loops and the elite version with brass jags and loops. The one I tested is the company’s upgraded version with patented rods and ropes.
Patented design = Unbeatable strength…
GLORYFIREs exclusive U.S. patented design offers 3x the strength of competing brass rods. That means durability and longevity of use are yours. This very well-received kit covers all calibers and allows for the cleaning of pistols, rifles, and shotguns.
The extensive components are well laid out and contained in a travel-size case. Each accessory is neatly placed in individual compartments. This ensures ease of correct storage after use as each accessory, and the case is marked with caliber scales.
What’s in the box?
Contents are six solid brass rods, a 33.1-inch wire rope, one handle, and 14 bronze brushes (with augmented brush density). From there, you get nine cotton mops, 13 spear-pointed brass jags, four brass slotted patch loops, and three utility brushes. Then there are three muzzle guards, three accessory adapters, 50 cleaning patches with four polishing cloths, and two empty (30ml and 50ml) bottles.
The 33.1-inch wire rope with handle, along with the different brass rods and other inclusions, means efficient cleaning of just about any caliber weapon out there.
- Patented brass rods – x3 strength of competitors.
- Highly popular universal cleaning kit.
- Extensive accessories.
- Can clean the vast majority of caliber weapons.
- Neat layout.
- Accessories and the case are marked with caliber scales.
- Overkill if you only have an M1A rifle.
5 Allen Company Universal Gun Cleaning Kit – Most Comprehensive M1A Cleaning Kit
The USA-based Allen company has been in business since 1971. Offering a wide selection of cleaning kits, this one gives you everything required for handgun, rifle, and shotgun cleaning.
Comprehensive, it certainly is!
This ultimate universal gun cleaning kit is perfect for shooters who own multiple weapons. To start with, this 65-piece set includes eight bore brushes for (.50, .44/.45, .40, .357/9mm, .30, .22, 12- and 20 gauge) weapons.
Then there are ten cleaning swabs and three brass slotted tips. Add to that six brass jags (upgraded from plastic) and brass adapters for 5-40 (.20 Caliber and less), 8-32 (rifle and pistol), and 5/16-27 (shotgun).
But the contents are nowhere near finished yet!
It also has upper and bolt carrier key brushes, .223 and .308 chamber brushes, and a tube cleaning brush. You can then make use of three specialty tools for MSR and a hex handle that you can use with one piece of the brass rod.
Other inclusions are a clear plastic tube and rope cable and a 3-piece cleaning rod for shotguns and rifles/handguns. To finish off, you have muzzle guards for each cleaning rod (4mm and 6mm), a 3-piece brush and pick set, cotton cleaning patches, and ten cotton cleaning cloths.
The kit comes in a hard-plastic storage case that has pull-out compartments to ensure organized storage is yours.
This universal cleaning kit can be purchased on its own. However, the one I tested also includes a very convenient Real Avid Universal Smart Mat. This oversized (43-inch x 16-inch) premium gun cleaning mat comes with a small parts organizer tray.
It is perfect as a workbench mat or for any surface you choose to clean your rifles and shotguns on. The use will protect surfaces from any harsh chemicals and spills.
- From a respected manufacturer.
- An ultimate universal cleaning kit.
- Excellent choice for multi-weapon owners.
- 69 accessories in total.
- Storage case with pull-out compartments.
- Real Avid universal smart gun cleaning mat included.
- For multi-weapon owners only.
6 Gunmaster – 17 Piece .308/7.62AR Rifle Cleaning Kit – Best Compact M1A Cleaning Kit
Let’s finish off with one of the best M1A cleaning kit solutions from DAC Technologies. They are another company that produces a wide range of cleaning kits under their registered ‘Gunmaster’ series of cleaning kits.
Neat, compact cleaning kit
This compact kit measures 11.5 x 4.25 x 1.5 inches, and all components are neatly stored in a custom case. This makes it easy to carry or pack when you are out and about with your rifle. It also has everything you need to help clean your M1A rifle regularly.
The hybrid multi-function handle can be used with traditional rods and pull cords. It also serves as a screwdriver handle. This multi-purpose tool is complemented by a 33-inch pull rod and two brass rods. These rods enable the breach brush to attach to the handle, and there is one double-ended metal pick/scraper.
Built for the hunt…
The materials and design of this kit mean it will last you for many years. With 17 pieces in all inclusions are a .30 caliber rifle brush and a .30 caliber rifle mop.
On top of that, there is a .308 breech brush and one double-ended nylon utility brush to clean parts. You then get a punch pin, a .30 caliber slot tip, 25 clearing patches, and a six-piece bit set. These six screwdriver bits are two Phillips, two flat heads, one star, and one hex.
- From DAC Technologies ‘Gunmaster’ series.
- Compact, easy to carry/store.
- All you need for .30/7.62 cal cleaning.
- 17-piece, no-nonsense cleaning.
- Hybrid multi-function handle.
- Keen price for what is offered.
Get Into Regular Weapon Cleaning
Experienced and regular shooters are aware of just how important weapon cleaning is. Those who shoot less often should still place gun cleaning as a priority.
Over time your firearm(s) can be damaged by buildup, corrosion, and rust. In fact, even regular friction caused by parts rubbing together can cause such damage. Regular cleaning will help maintain all of your weapons’ moving parts. It will also greatly reduce the chances of jamming and mean your gun(s) will function for years to come.
When it comes to your M1A rifle, this is not a difficult weapon to clean. However, a regular cleaning schedule must be put in place. To make life easier, there are many best cleaning kits for the M1A choices out there.
It should be said that these do vary in price and weapon cleaning capability. The type that will suit you really depends upon your needs and the amount of shooting you do.
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Which of these Best M1A Cleaning Kits Should You Buy?
From my tests, two cleaning kits are recommended: The first is for those who only own the Springfield Armory M1 rifle. If that is the case, there is not much point in spending money on a ‘universal’ cleaning kit. This is the…
It has everything you need, and nothing you do not, to regularly clean your M1A rifle. You will find the hybrid multi-function handle useful, and the accessories come in a compact, easy-to-carry/store holder. It also comes in at a keen price for what is offered.
As for regular shooters who own multiple weapons, it has to be the…
This USA-based company has been in business since 1971 and provides quality cleaning kits at acceptable prices. The set comes with 65 pieces and gives shooters everything they need for handgun, rifle, and shotgun cleaning. It also has a storage case and pull-out compartments to keep everything neat, tidy, and is relatively easy to transport.
To top things off, this very well-received universal gun cleaning kit also comes with a very convenient ‘Real Avid’ Universal Smart Cleaning Mat.
As always, stay safe and happy shooting.