Which M1-A?


October 5, 2006, 11:56 AM
I would like to complete my collection of US service rifles of the 20th century. I currently have a '98 Krag, '03, '03 Mark 1, '03-A3, 1917 US Enfield, Garand, M-1 carbine, and a M-4gery built on a Rock River lower. I would like to add a 1941 Johnson but they are currently priced out of my reach. The next rifle I would like to add is the civilian equivilant of the M-14 that would have been issued to our troops circa 1960. Which M1-A would best fill this requirement?

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October 5, 2006, 12:47 PM
I would say a walnut stocked standard model.


October 5, 2006, 12:52 PM
I think the closest you can get would be one of Fulton's custom M14s.

The walnut stocked standard M1A would be close enough for most people. Personally I got the black synthetic stock version because I would cry if I gouged out a big scratch on a $1500 wood stocked gun.

Jim Reaves
October 5, 2006, 02:56 PM
I have the standard wooden stock M1A and it shoots better groups than I am capable of. It is just like the one that I carried in Vietnam and a pleasure to shoot. Springfield Armory's M1A cann't be beat in my opinion. You can buy cheaper ones, that work fine but they are normally not American made.

El Tejon
October 5, 2006, 03:11 PM
Shot a Fulton Armory with an optical sight last weekend. The weapon was just "scary" accurate with a really nice trigger.

Nothing wrong with a Springfield which is what I run.:)

October 5, 2006, 03:43 PM
Walnut stocked "Loaded" version might have a few desirable extras. They have a NM barrel and NM sights. (Non-hooded Rear). I modified mine with unitized gas cylinder, NM piston, NM Flash hider, Brookfield spring guide, TRW GI bolt and other small parts. Shoots as good as my Match version. They are a blast to shoot. Cheap ammo,(relatively), cheap mags now. All good stuff.:cool:

October 5, 2006, 05:56 PM
I have a Fulton on order. I did opt for the shorter "bush barrel" and NM trigger but other than that it's the standard service model. You can get the full auto selector switch (non-functional of course) if you really want an accurate look (although not even all "real" M14s had that).

October 6, 2006, 09:54 AM
Also check out LRB Arms: http://lrbarms.com/
They make the only genuine american-made forged receivers. They will build you up a rifle that has all USGI parts (except for the barrel, which is commercial). They are more $$ but great. I have one of their "Tanker" models. This is a great site for M14 info.: http://m-14forum.com

October 6, 2006, 10:07 AM

October 6, 2006, 12:02 PM
Here's mine.

http://www.huntingpictures.net/photo/002403 (http://www.huntingpictures.net/photoview/002403)

October 6, 2006, 12:47 PM
I built this one in 1992 on an Armscorp M14NM receiver, H&R donor M14 parts kit (sans naughty bits), and a Krieger medium-weight barrel. The stock is a plain USGI fiberglass version, albeit Devcon bedded and with two aluminum stiffening rods in the forend. It was my NRA High-Power rifle for many years, winning me many leg matches and taking me to Camp Perry. After some arm twisting by the long-range folks, I later mounted a scope and comb riser, then moved things out to 800-1000 yards.


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