Range Report: Springfield M1A Std vs. FAL/L1A1


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Retro
December 30, 2006, 07:01 PM
So I decided to compare the two powerhouse .308 combat rifles side by side.

Ammo: Lake City 7.62 NATO
Rifle 1: Springfield M1A1 Standard Walnut stock
Scope of Rifle 1: Simmons ATV 14 x 40
Rifle 2: C.A.I Receiver + Enfield L1A1 Barrel/Lower Receiver + Tapco.
Scope of Rifle 2: Simmons 8 Point 12 x 40
Range: 100 yards
Position: sitting/bench

I fired 20 rounds for M1A1, and 50 rounds for L1A1.

Group of M1A1: roughly 6 x 4 inch
Group of L1A1: roughly 7 x 8 inch

Pictures are here:

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Disclaimer: I am not a very good rifleman, and my shooting sucks... but keep in mind that M1A1 has better trigger pull than L1A1 but still it is not match trigger. I have been having a lot of problem with L1A1 Tapco stock in terms of creating a stationary head rest for my head but I could not quite achieve a consistent headrest position with the Tapco Stock (but I did try my best to keep my head in the same area of the stock), and hence it is not really fair to compare the two rifles since M1A1 has a stationary head-rest installed.

Recoil: M1A1 has more recoil. L1A1 has less recoil (gas setting at 4).

Reliability: M1A1 no misfeed. L1A1 two stove-pipe and one misfeed at gas setting of 5, and no misfeed or stove-pipe at gas setting of 4. Both equally reliable.

Weight: M1A1 is much heavier.

"Wow" factor at the range: M1A1 > L1A1

More "evil" assualt rifle characteristics: L1A1 > M1A1

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MechAg94
December 30, 2006, 07:35 PM
Looks a little like my shooting today between my AR15 and my AK74 clone. I was a little more scattered with my AK74 (mainly elevation), but I think the cruder sights are the main problem, but the AR is just easy to shoot accurately with.

Airburst
December 30, 2006, 09:00 PM
I gotta get me some of those targets. Much easier to see POI.

MechAg94
December 30, 2006, 09:31 PM
You can get stickers also to add to targets.

I have a whole stack of 11X17 paper that was for a printer I no longer have. Today I just pulled out some sheets and placed some bullseye stickers on them and used them for targets. The stickers have that same impact mark and the white paper makes it very easy to see impacts also.

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