M1A NM collectors edition


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Sharp669
June 14, 2008, 01:33 PM
I saw a classified for an older M1A NM wood stock "collector's edition" from around 1980. Any advantage to these rifles versus a new M1A? Were these springfields at one time made with forged receivers? What would one be worth?

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Match14
June 14, 2008, 03:10 PM
Well I not an expert armorer, but I am an engineer and have studied materials some while I was in school.
M1a's have had cast receivers since they were commercially introduced. The key to remember is that casting has improved a lot in the last few decades. I have never heard of a cast receiver becoming wore out.
As to the advantages used vs new M1a's I would consider the following.
1. Price, a used national match rifle should cost less than a brand new one, unless it has been customized or build by a renowned armorer. The difference in price can be used for ammo.
2. USGI parts are more common on older rifles.
3. I have heard that certain Springfield armory receivers have had scope mounting issues. But I don't think that this apply to ones built in the early 80's.
4. For price I would say expect to pay about 80% of what a new NM M1a sells for if your looking for one in good shape. Judging by the my experiences in Indiana I would say a nice used NM rifle will cost around 12-1300, unless it has been customized or build by a renowned armorer.
Hope that helps.

Sharp669
June 15, 2008, 02:31 PM
Thnx, Match 14!

MythBuster
June 15, 2008, 03:46 PM
When it comes to SA Inc rifles the older the better.

Sharp669
June 17, 2008, 01:39 PM
He wants like 2400 for it which sound like a ripoff since it is not unfired NIB.

30Cal
June 17, 2008, 01:53 PM
He wants like 2400 for it which sound like a ripoff since it is not unfired NIB.

Too much. M1a's don't really have collector value. If it's got nice GI parts, it's worth maybe $1500-1800 as a NM.

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