Who makes the most affordable M40A1 reproduction rifle? I found a few companies that are charging + / - $3,000 bucks for one (without scope).
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March 28, 2007, 12:21 AM
Remington makes one:
March 28, 2007, 01:24 AM
that is the rifle that Clint Smith did an article on a few months back. i still have it somewhere. it was great and he had some great things to say about it. and it was pretty cool to see a vietnam vets prespective on it.
March 28, 2007, 10:37 AM
I have a M40A1 in 308 and an urban police rifle in 223 built by retired USMC armorers at Iron Brigade Armory and they are very well built and accurate rifles. IBA is not the cheapest source for this type of rifle but they may be the best. The waiting list is long because they are building rifles for government agencies and the USMC snipers currently in the sand box.
The long wait gives you time to save up to cover the hefty price tag and and while the purchase price was high, the value of my IBA rifles has increased significantly since I bought them.
It's easy to build an accurate long range rifle but it takes a lot more to build a battle hardened rifle that will hold zero under the adverse conditions encountered in the war zone.
Doug in Virginia
March 28, 2007, 11:10 AM
+ / - $3,000 bucks is the going price. If you want a good one and don't want to wait a year or more to get it, consider GA Precision. George Gardner is one of the country's top tactical gunsmiths.
March 29, 2007, 05:11 PM
where do you get one of those od scopes like that on the m40a1 repro in the link. that looks pretty neat.
i have a buddy that is going to start work at Iron brigade soon. as a matter of fact he is the guy that is building my ar upper spr! they do some great work. i have experience of a few rifles that have came fom ga precision and i would be abliged to tell everyone of the great work they did , and the amazing accuracy that my buddies m24 is capable of. they are truely spectacular weapon systems and the people at ga precision are definetly know what they are doing and squared away!
i recommend either of the above companies.
March 29, 2007, 05:15 PM
Tactical Operations, Tango 51, Bravo 51 and such....but they too are in the 3K range. Accuracy International but they aren't a M40A1 clone, but you can bulid one yourself.....for about $1K without glass.
March 29, 2007, 05:40 PM
Ditto what VAshooter10 said I have 3 .308 rifles from Iron Brigade Armory and all true tack drivers. An A3 Chandler, A5 Chandler and a M1A and love them all. The difference between an IBA weapon and all others (Except McMillan Bros) is their guns exceed military specs. That includes a drop test after the weapon has been zeroed at 300yards. This test involves dropping the weapon 4 feet onto a concrete surface several times. The point of impact is the top corner of the butt while the barrel is being held at the end muzzle. The idea is to force the receiver out of the stock and defeat the bedding. If a weapon is properly assembled and bedded there will be zero movement of the receiver within the bedding. Also there will be no cracks or missing sections from the bedding. After the drop test the gun is refired has to have held it's zero at 300 yards. The only two Sniper Weapons out there available to the general public that I know that would pass the U.S.M.C. durability tests is IBA and McMillan Bros weapons.
I had to wait an additional 6 months for my A5 Chandler because of the Iraq invasion. IBA had to build and deliver 30 rifles to the Mideast by December 30th 2002.
There is a real difference between a 1000 yard sniper rifle and the others. All these custom built guns will hold a tight group out to 500-600 yards with match ammunition. The difference between the $3500 guns and the $5,000 guns is the accuracy beyond the 600 yard line. The reason I own a Chandler is I saw it too many times with many different guns and just as many different shooters at Blackwater's 1200 yard known distance range. The IBA guns were out shining all the others past 500 yards every time I was there.
March 29, 2007, 05:47 PM
Now, this ain't gonna be called an M40, but I wouldn't worry about it...
Buy a short action Remington 700.
Send it down to Billy Stevens, and tell him you want one of Shilen's or Arnold Jewell's triggers, one of Kelly McMillan's military stocks, and a Shilen select match barrel reamed to fit off the shelf Lapua .308 brass. Have him flute the barrel while he's at it.