Local dealer's got a Polytech M1a on the shelf for $950, upgraded with a GI stock (P cartouche). Not sure if bolt has been upgraded yet or not.
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May 5, 2007, 12:14 PM
I wouldn't even consider it, unless laying six bills on the counter would let it go home with you. You can find used S/A M1As for that or a little more on these forums.
FRIENDS DON"T LET FRIENDS BUY CHINESE $#!T.
May 5, 2007, 05:02 PM
cheese is good.;)
May 5, 2007, 05:51 PM
Do not get it. You can get a used Springfield M1A for less. I bought mine for $600 with 200 rounds of ammo and a case, plus 4 mags. Ok it was a friend price and I had to go to confession after this deal- but keep your eyes open and you'll find an SA.
I don't trust anything from China unless its an SKS, AK, or General Tso's chicken. :D
The Deer Hunter
May 5, 2007, 06:13 PM
I second General Tso's chicken :D
May 5, 2007, 06:23 PM
Do not settle, save your money and keep looking. A nice Springfield will pop up for a reasonable price. Life is too short to settle for maybe a good gun, maybe a POS for almost a grand. Besides a Polytech's value is only tied to a Springfields. If your are worried about you investment the only answer is to buy the Springfield.
May 5, 2007, 06:48 PM
There are plenty of M1A fans that like the Polytech M14S rifles. The forged receivers are saught after to build custom M1As. To the original OP, if you really want good info on these rifles, go to m-14forum. There you will hear from actual owners versus those that probably never owned or shot a Polytech. I bought one a few years ago to be converted by Warbird, but never ended up doing the conversion. I paid roughly $650 for the rifle itself. The rifle was not fired and it was in remakable shape. The USGI bolts are going up in price, so if the conversion was done on it, I'd say that $950 isn't that far off on pricing. I would try to get the shop to lower the price on the rifle. The Polytech rifles really are good rifles, so don't take advice from folks that never owned one.
BTW, there are some that dislike the newer SA M1A rifles. I've notice a lot of so called "experts" on internet that like to bash on anything they dislike or do not own.
May 5, 2007, 06:56 PM
~$200 too much
May 5, 2007, 06:59 PM
I'd go with SA
May 5, 2007, 07:41 PM
Way too much...unless it has been fully upgraded, which includes re-heat treating and all USGI parts. Except the receiver, of course :)
May 5, 2007, 07:59 PM
Aubie, Most have never owned a Polytech because they saw no point in paying money for something to send away to pay more money to have fixed up to be just like a SA in the first place. Get the point. I have not problem with the Poly. When they were 400 they were a good deal, but now we are talking about almost $1000, why bother in my opinion. When they first came out they were half what a new SA MIA would cost. Many took the chance and were happy for doing so. Others were not so lucky and spent some cash to make it as good as the SA M1A. Ask the guy who spent $800 (like me) for their M1A over 10 years ago (2M rounds) if they would have rather bought a Poly for half the price and you will have the answer to your question. Some times cheap is just cheap, LOL Bill
May 5, 2007, 08:13 PM
Go check out a SA M1A and for $300 doller's more you'l see what a big diffrence,
and $950 is way to much for a chinese rifle i passed one up for $600.
you would have to put in to much money to make it as nice as a SA.
Why buy a copy? when you can have the real deal.
May 5, 2007, 08:38 PM
don't do it. for the reasons above. i have seen a few sa m1a's for $900 ish in great shape, lnib, and one in particular came with quite a bit of accesories.
May 5, 2007, 08:41 PM
Thanks guys, although I don't think I'd call SA inc the real deal. :D
Just needed some coaxing not to go buy it. If'n I could only find a decent DSA fal laying around somewhere...
May 5, 2007, 08:42 PM
:neener: Just bought one this afternoon for $430C + shipping. Someone found a cache at this store (God bless the internet):
I'm getting an order together for CheaperThanDirt, and might just get the Winchester folding stock and try it out later. M14 stocks are like $15, so it's no harm to cut one up. Though maybe it would be better to leave it 'stock', put on a Scout scope, some airsoft kit rails bolted on:) (it's only $90!), and rather than the fuss with re-inforcing the fore-end and then mounting a bipod or vertical grip (or a GriPod), it's probably a better idea to just get one of those fancy new slings. http://www.oneshottactical.com/merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=oneshot&Product_Code=SL-M24&Category_Code=SL-TIS
How to make a folding-stock M14 - http://www.members.shaw.ca/lazerus2000/m14.htm