1) Figure 1 shows the m1 carbine bolt
tool. They can be purchased for between $20
and $35 depending on whether you purchase an
original or a recently manufactured copy
E-gunparts.com carries them. There
are many different ways to disassemble the
M1 Carbine bolt. I have found using the tool
is the easiest way to do it.
2) Figure 2 shows:
The top of the ejector;
Where the extractor spring
plunger presses up against the
3) Figure 3 shows the bolt installed
correctly in the bolt tool. The small arm is
inserted between the extractor spring
plunger and the extractor. This keeps the
plunger in place while you remove the
extractor. There is a small pin that
protrudes from the top of the tool that
perfectly mates with the top of the ejector
and keeps it in place as well while the
extractor is removed. This tool is great! It
is like having an extra set of hands which
is pretty much what you need when
disassembling an M1 Carbine bolt. The dang
things are so small it is really difficult
to keep things from flying off into
4) Figure 4 shows the bottom of the bolt
tool with the bolt installed. Note the hole
where you can easily drift out the
5) Insert the bolt into the tool and push
the tool's small arm between the extractor
spring plunger and the extractor. Hand
tighten the large thumbscrew until the
bolt's ejector is depressed and the bolt is
held in place.
6) Turn the tool over to drift out the
7) Tap out the extractor.
8) Remove the extractor. Note how
everything else in the bolt is still held in
9) Remove the firing pin.
10) Slowly loosen the thumbwheel on the
11) Remove the bolt body from the tool.
12) Remove the ejector & spring assembly.
13) Remove the extractor spring plunger.
14) Remove the extractor spring.
15) You have disassembled the M1 Carbine
16) Insert the extractor spring.
17) Insert the extractor spring plunger.
It helps a bit to apply a very small dab of
grease to the bottom of the plunger (where
it connects to the spring) and then it will
not fall off of the extractor spring while
you are reassembling the bolt.
18) Insert the ejector & spring assembly.
19) Insert the bolt into the tool and
push the tool's small arm over the extractor
20) Hand tighten the large thumbscrew
until the bolt's ejector is depressed and
the bolt is held in place.
21) Insert the firing pin.
22) Insert the extractor.
23) Press the extractor all the way into
24) Loosen the thumb wheel on the tool.
25) Remove the bolt from the tool.
26) You have completed the disassembly
and reassembly of the M1 Carbine bolt.