M1A Club


March 1, 2007, 01:57 AM
With the success of other club threads Here's on for the M1A. Doesn't matter whether you have a Standard, Loaded, National Match, Supermatch, SOCOM, Scout or Garand. Springfield or Fulton Please share your experiences

I have Springfield M1A Loaded. Synthetic Stock. I've added a QD Stud to accomodate a Harris Bipod. It has a Bushnell 4200 6-24x40 scope witha 3rd generation mount. I like the 3rd generation mount because it still allows use of Iron Sites. I currently shoot Cheap Winchester 147 grain NATO stamped ammo and have it currently zeroed in at 100 yards with a 1-1.5" moa. I will be bedding the stock as soon as I can outshoot the current setup.

If or When the AWB gets signed I'll get another just to have possibly a SOCOM II or SOCOM 16 I haven't decided yet.

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March 1, 2007, 02:12 AM
I have a M1A Loaded w/ Synthetic stock and Stainless Barrel.

It was expensive ($1580 at the local gun shop), but it's the only option Californians have for a quality, reliable, acurate, and fully functional semi-auto battle-type rifle.

I had an extractor problem when I first got it, but SA fixed it without any fuss and it's been flawless ever since. Absolutely loves South African surplus :D

Here's a pic.. just because..


March 1, 2007, 02:19 AM
Nice. I got the carbon barrel with the thought that carbon disapates heat better than stainless. how far does your moa open up when rapid fired? I have found it to go from 1-1.5" to 3-3.5" after rapid fire.

I also had excellent customer service with Springfield. Teh stock had a hairline crack above the trigger where they fill the fully auto switch. I sent it on a Monday Fed Ex and got it back with the factory installed QD stud on Thursday. Dawn Olsen the West Coast regional Mgr. is great if you ever need anything. I am looking to buy again from springfield because of their excellent customer service and warranty.

I'm up in LA. Sad that we can't have other types of battle rifles.

Happy Shooting

March 1, 2007, 02:35 AM
I just ordered a Springfield M1A Scout/Squad in "mossy oak" camouflage from an out-of-state shop... hope to have it soon but I'm not sure how fast it will be shipped to the transferring FFL.

I'm not sure whether I like the camo stock or not... but it was cheaper than wood, and I can always pick up a cheap used stock from Freds and refinish it.

Unfortunately, the only milsurp available is 70's OFV...:banghead:

I like the M14-clones; they're the only battle rifle which isn't covered by most of the AWB laws (except HR1022 :barf: ) and when loaded with a 5-round mag, they might pass as a hunting rifle to casual observers.

Jeff White
March 1, 2007, 02:39 AM
I have a very old National Match. It was made when Springfield Armory was in Devine Texas. Unfortunately the gunsmiting required to keep this shooting the way it should has proven to me that the Army was right in dropping the M21 as a sniper rifle. Just too much work to maintain.


March 1, 2007, 03:03 AM
I've had my M1A standard for about 5 or 6 years now. I bought it new at a gunshow for $1200.

Mine is zeroed for 200 meters and I've shot some 3 inch groups from a bench with no rest.

I am concentrating on buying hi-cap mags for it before they get banned or dry up.

I've only got probably 300 rounds though it. I don't have anywhere to shoot long distance currently due to my location and work schedule. But I am happy to report that I've never had a problem with it. No FTFs or stoppages for any reason.

The only problem I have had is disassembly. Its still really tight from the factory and I am sure my shooting it infrequently has not helped it to loosen up. I just can't seem to get the oprod to come off the reciever.



March 1, 2007, 03:05 AM

I've got the mossy oak stock on mine. I chose it because the wood stocks at the gun show were over-sized and felt too thick for me (I like the GI cut) and the standard black stock does not have the flip-up butt plate and cleaning kit compartment.

These "club" threads are getting pretty cliche, but I always like pictures of M1As. Once someone starts a 1911 club in the auto loaders forum I predict the club threads will crumble. The 1911 club thread will be like the second coming of Christ, it will bring about the club thread apocalypse. (The 642 thread is the first messiah of club threads).

March 3, 2007, 07:22 PM
I finally got out the camera and started taking pics. Here are a few of my M1A.

March 3, 2007, 07:37 PM
loaded standard in a un-springfieldified*coughbondocough* synthetic stock.


March 3, 2007, 08:00 PM
Standard SA Inc M1A, in a USGI stock. Bought for something like $1100 a few years back, and was shocked to find everything but the receiver, oprod, and (of course) the Cali legal muzzle brake were H&R USGI parts. It came in a Boyds walnut stock, but I like the GI better.

I'd like to say it's been trouble free, but the bolt came apart once while shooting when the extractor broke, and I had to send the bolt back to SA. Cost of shipping and had it back in 8 days, all better. Gotta love that warranty.

Currently have 1000 rounds of Port (shoulda kept it), ~600 rounds of Aussie (kept an undisclosed amount of that), and about 600 rounds of SA (with another 720 on hand) through it, and it shoots decent 3 or 4 inch groups at 100 yds from a sitting position. Before somebody says "that sucks," a non-accurized Standard isn't made for MOA, and I think it's just fine. It's also a ton of fun to shoot in the local carbine matches, it makes the M4gery and AK shooters all sit up and notice with that boom. :D

http://www.hunt101.com/img/346446-big.jpg (http://www.hunt101.com/?p=346446&c=548&z=1)

High Planes Drifter
March 3, 2007, 08:21 PM
I have a Springfield Armory Standard. I've been having it for about 3 or 4 years now. Great rifle. I think I've got it sighted in prefect as of today. I love the rifle. Farnham, your rig out looks like mine; an M1A and a 1911! I put 250 rds. of Wolf thru my Springer GI today, not 1 hiccup. My 1911 runs like a sewing machine.

March 3, 2007, 08:36 PM
The only problem I have had is disassembly. Its still really tight from the factory and I am sure my shooting it infrequently has not helped it to loosen up. I just can't seem to get the oprod to come off the reciever
mattw- Don't fight it, it only gets more inaccurate as it loosens up. My loaded standard has the same problem, so I just move the bolt back or forward and use q-tips to clean. If the oprod runs the same track on every shot and doesn't rub anywhere, it is inherently more accurate than if it slops all around. Of course you have to break it in, but consistancy shot to shot is key!
The barreled action Should be snug in the stock, and the bolt and oprod should slide freely on the barrelled action when you have the recoil spring off of it.
Tight and smooth, that is the beauty of the Garand action!:D

Nomad, 2nd
March 3, 2007, 08:44 PM
I had a Roller retaining pin break while I was shooting (Port)
It acted like a jam. I taped, racked and kept shooting. I didn't know it was broken till I took it apart to clean it!

Springfield paid to have the bolt air overnighted both ways. (My spare bolts were on order at the time.)

March 3, 2007, 08:59 PM

Is your standard a chromed bored?

Back in 1999, I had a wood-stocked M1A "Loaded" and a stainless barrel. I sold it because the doctors told me I would never hunt or work again...still kicking myself. Then, after the very successful surgery to implant an electronic stimulator into my spine, it became possible for me, and painless I might add, to fire longguns. Praise the Lord!!!

So, a couple of years back, I celebrated that fact with the purchase of a new SA M1A "Loaded". This time, I purchased the fiberglass stock with carbon barrel. How sweet! I also have the 3rd gen. scope mount, 30MM rings, and a 2nd gen. SA scope. In addition, I have a reddot sight to use when I choose. It's a nice package and is darned accurate! I keep it locked ultra-securely away and fire it for special occasions basically. To date, I still have not fired more than perhaps 250 rounds. I want this rifle to last me a lifetime.

A SOCOM sure is tempting as an addition. But sell this? Never!



March 3, 2007, 09:07 PM

Is your standard chard-chromed bored?

I am ashamed to admit that I have no idea. Are they usually that way? Mine is bone-stock off the rack.. I haven't done a thing to it.

March 3, 2007, 09:12 PM

Very nice firearm! I think stock is how the M1As are best! I read some years back that the standard M1As had chromed bores. I tried to locate one, exactly like yours, but they had none in stock. I actually wanted a standard, not the "Loaded". They are much lighter, and I understood (but not positive) had chromed bores.

I will have to e-mail or call SA.



March 3, 2007, 09:36 PM
My Scout Squad with Leupold Scout Scope. One of my favorite guns, loved it from day one a few years ago and love it just as much to this day! Fun, accurate, reliable, ect. There's nothing I don't like about it!

March 3, 2007, 09:58 PM
Doc, I'll have to take a look at it when I get a chance and get back to you. I'm not at home right now but I'll try to remember to PM you about it when I can get my hands on the rifle.

March 3, 2007, 10:21 PM
hey mattw- just lock your bolt to the rear, and the barrel stamp will be exposed ahead of the oprod. My SA loaded standard has a H&R Aug '68 barrel mounted. She will shoot with my dad's Supermatch in slow fire.

March 3, 2007, 11:13 PM
Here's mine. A loaded-standard that was upgraded to NM specs by my gun-plumber.


I started shooting highpower with this rifle and it will easily hold the 10-ring @ 600 yards using match ammo (...and when I'm holding up my end).

I shoot the AR now but still pull it out of the safe from time to time so she can stretch her legs. :)

March 4, 2007, 12:08 AM
I don't have any pics of it yet, but it was ordered today, a SA M1A Standard with GI wood stock, frankly I'm just giddy about it! :D

March 4, 2007, 12:22 AM
A Warm Welcome to New members:
amprecon, look forward to seeing your new addition
nbkky71, nice, sounds like a great plumber
RockRifle, Good info
mattw, Nice looking sweet stock
nwilliams, Where are th epics?
Doc2005, Looks like my twin
Nomad, 2nd, welcome
High Planes Drifter, Welcome
detcord, Great stock
Farnham, Nice Combo
crazed_ss, I like the chrome barrel, I paid alot too, but yes the only way to go in CA
nobody_special, Look forwart to pics of the Scout
Jeff White, Thanks for your support, Alsways nice to see a moderator using your firearm.

Happy Shooting:)

March 4, 2007, 12:34 AM

Supermatch. On my 2nd barrel.

March 4, 2007, 12:35 AM
I've got a Standard in walnut that I purchased new in 1994. Mostly TRW parts with an HR trigger. Currently down with a broken trigger pin. New pin on its way from Brownells ($3.00). Probably 1000rds fired. Great gun.

March 4, 2007, 12:01 PM
:cool: Now I gotta get me one of those!:uhoh:

March 4, 2007, 12:32 PM
Who doesn't want an M1A?! Obama or Hilary maybe.. but what person with common sense would not want one?

March 4, 2007, 12:54 PM
Guys, those are some beautiful rifles!!!!!!!!!

At the moment, I don't have any photos of mine to share, but. . .
She's a low serial # (057xxx) SAI standard, that has been converted to Super Match, w/a heavyweight Kreiger barrel, etc.
This work of art can and does hold MOA (and better) at 200yds. with handloads. (I have targets that are 1/2 MOA at 200!)


(The circle within the square target is 1".)

One suggestion. . . . contact 44 mag distributing and get some of their current USGI contract magazines, while you can. The price is really good, at less than $24.00 per mag.
No, I have no affiliation with them, other than being a customer.

Thanks for reading.

Quintin Likely
March 4, 2007, 04:26 PM
Here's mine, an early '90s Springfield National Match.
I shot some slow prone with it last weekend; people really aren't kidding when they say shooting the AR15 is like cheating compared to the M1A. I had some strange vertical stringing with the M1A too. I don't think I'm gonna be in a big hurry to try shooting that thing across the course until I get myself squared away behind the AR.

March 4, 2007, 05:22 PM
I think the AR15 has got to be just about the easiest rifle in the world to shoot accurately. But some times you just want a .308 :D

March 4, 2007, 05:48 PM
My SA Loaded. It loves 168 gr SMKs and IMR 4895. The only solo picture I have is with this goofy scope. Usually she wears irons only like in the family picture in the middle.




Jacka L Ope
March 4, 2007, 06:34 PM
SA Loaded:


March 4, 2007, 07:27 PM

I took this 2 monts ago. I have since added 3 more Garands.

March 4, 2007, 07:37 PM
A Warm welcome to new members:

Ed: Nice family picture
Jacka L Ope: sitting sweet
iamkris: Nice large family too, I like the synthetic & Chrome
Quintin Likely: Love the National & Super Match
byf43: Nice shooting
KHawk: get one soon before the AWB
joe4702: Hope it gets to you soon
30Cal: Wow, how many rounds did it take for you to shoot out?

Happy Shooting:)

March 5, 2007, 12:07 AM
My standard M1A with a USGI chrome lined barrel. It's more reliable and more accurate than any M16 that I ever carried in the military during the 9 years I was in. It'll shoot aussie surplus into 1 1/2" at 100 yrds. with the plain GI sights.

March 5, 2007, 01:44 AM
Iamkris....where's your M1 Carbine? It's glaryingly missing.

Is glaryingly a word?:scrutiny:

nice collection


March 5, 2007, 03:01 AM
The "club" concept has taken root at THR.

Even though I looked at M1As, I don't own one, and am unlikely to.

(What can I say? I'm a lever/pump/wheel guy, not a semi-auto guy. :rolleyes: )

Still, I wish this club much success. The idea of "club" is very wise:
a place in cyberspace where information about a particular model
can be collected, shared, debated, expanded, improved.

I'm currently part of four clubs (in numerical order):

336 (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=258000)
642 (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=138658)
686 (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=257401)
870 (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=257874)

I predict that there will be at least one more (39A).

I wish the M1A club great success.

Whether used for combat, SD or hunting (eh, Mr. Zumbo?),
I have little doubt that the M1A is a great rifle.

Long live clubs.


March 5, 2007, 07:19 AM
So, um. . . since there is now an M1A club, do we get/have a section at THR were we can gather (kinda/sorta like the revolver/semiauto handguns/shotguns, etc., etc., etc.?)

Just wondering. . . . . .

March 5, 2007, 07:50 AM
where's your M1 Carbine? It's glaryingly missing.

Sorry, that's a VERY old picture...the rifle collection has grown by 3X since then

Ask and ye shall receive...




March 10, 2007, 06:56 PM
I went to the range today. It was so windy when I got there that someone's target went flying through the air and knocked my M1A off the bench onto the pavement. It scratched my scope slightly but more importantly knocked it off it's zero. Therfore I had to re-zero it in. the first 3 shots didn't even make paper. The wind died down to almost nothing when I finally had someone spot for me. With a total of 40 rounds shot I had some tight groups. As you can see The five at the top in the splatter are 1.5". The four in the center of the target are 1" or less. The 7 just right of center are 1.25" or less. and the others were most likely due to the fact that the wind picked back up and began blowing @ 8-10 mph. All at 100 yards in the mid 70's.

A nice day none the less. Other than the three off paper teh other two are under the tape measure

Peter M. Eick
March 13, 2007, 08:52 PM

SuperMatch, 50 shots, 100 yards off the bench.


NationalMatch, 50 shots, 100 yards off the bench.

March 14, 2007, 01:46 PM

March 14, 2007, 04:51 PM
There seems to be a great deal of interest in M1As.

I think this would be heavily used if it were under Tools and Technologies separate from Rifle Country.

March 14, 2007, 05:53 PM
Hopefully I'll be picking up an SA, Inc. M1A tomorrow. My first!:cool:

March 15, 2007, 07:03 PM
Just got in my M1a Loaded in black synthetic. It runs like a champ.

What are the options for silencers on the M1a? I'd like to get a can for mine in the next year and a half. Besides the congress situation, I'm tired of blowing my ears out under covered shooting areas.


March 17, 2007, 05:39 PM
I got my M1A Scout/Squad on Monday. :D Unfortunately it isn't cycling properly (fails to load from the mag most of the time) but it seems to be "loosening up" a bit as I shoot it.

March 17, 2007, 05:47 PM
Here is my Fulton shorty and some of the SA battlepack. I have a little more of that but I sure wish I'd bought many thousands more rounds :(

And Good Googly Moogly if anyone tells me that sling is on wrong I might jump off something tall. That is THE most useless, worthless, frustrating piece of crap ever invented.


March 17, 2007, 05:56 PM
I guess you just don't know HOW to use it yet. For shooting, vs. carrying, it's the best sling going.

March 17, 2007, 07:06 PM
I guess you just don't know HOW to use it yet.

I'd say that's an understatement :evil:

March 18, 2007, 11:07 AM
OK, I'll play along :rolleyes:
No photos, but I have a 9222 fully loaded, carbon barrel, wood stock. Honestly, I have not shot it in over a year. Why? I'm having more fun with
M1 Garands right now :D since the ammo is cheaper and I can actually find mil surp .30'06!

March 18, 2007, 11:51 AM
I got the M1A Standard in mossy oak... pics here for those interested.


BTW that fulton shorty is gorgeous. *drooooool*

March 18, 2007, 12:31 PM

If you take the time to learn to use the sling, you will find it to be the greatest thing ever invented...not for carrying but for "slinging up"...getting your rifle rock steady from sitting and prone so you can command an area...and not depending on a bench to steady the rifle.

How to sling

How to use

And yes the guy they have in the pix looks like Charles Bronson after being beaten with an ugly stick.

March 18, 2007, 01:05 PM
If you're not using your M1A for a match or target shooting then I see no use for the stiff leather slings. I've got an old canvas sling on mine.

November 28, 2007, 03:17 AM

Mark whiz
November 28, 2007, 08:56 AM
Here's my baby (a Loaded Standard with a few other NM options I've added) and a few periphreals to go along with it.


November 28, 2007, 09:38 AM


I had my 'Loaded' in a JAE-100 for a while, but it weighed too much. Waiting for the G2 version.


Here's it's current guise


But I keep an extra stock for hunting:


rabbit head
November 28, 2007, 12:43 PM
Thinking of selling my SOCOM II figured i would ask what you guys think.
Reasons being the range of the rifle and extreem muzzel flash in low light conditions.

I will get a different springfield M1 just with a full length barel and flash hider.

I am not LE and for a short/medium range rifle the .308 seems over kill. Meaning if I needed to use it for defense I would be affraid of extreem overpenatration.

It has a vltor stock 5 20 rnd mags and about 200 rnds throught it. What do you think a fair asking price would be.

November 28, 2007, 08:35 PM

Nice Rifles.

November 28, 2007, 08:40 PM
Here's mine......

M1a Scout Squad with Leupold Scout scope and M14 stock


The way I see it the the M1a is one of those all American icons in the gun world, so I had to make it a tribute image!

November 28, 2007, 09:19 PM
Who's shooting the Lithuanian ammo?

My loaded M1A doesn't really like it (5% FTFeed) but I've not shot it since I cleaned the gas system.

I'm hoping it digests it well with a squeaky clean gas system. 'Cause I bought a bunch. :(

November 28, 2007, 09:29 PM
I have one I bought when I thought Gore was going to win in Florida over those hanging chads. I have never sot it and I have a load of rounds ready to go.

November 29, 2007, 01:34 AM
I have a Springfield Armory M1A National Match purchased from the German distributor, Peters Stahl, back in '89 and a SOCOM 16 purchased a few months after hurricane Katrina. Both are wonderful rifles and do exactly what they were intended to do.

The NM replaced a Steyr SSG P2. I shot the NM, with iron sights, better than the SSG with a ZF-84 'scope. We were made for each other!:p

Apologies for not providing images. My software only produces images of 1.1Mb or larger, so I haven't been able to load 'em.

November 29, 2007, 01:54 AM
Images - I use Irfanview, nice piece of freeware. Open image => save as => options dialog box => slider for picture quality. 100% will be 1.1 meg, slide down to 15 - 20% for loading onto THR.

I have one I bought when I thought Gore was going to win in Florida over those hanging chads. I have never sot it and I have a load of rounds ready to go.

Heh. I bought mine soon after we invaded Afghanistan. On the way out of the gun show the security guard eyeballed me & the rifle and said: "Gettin' ready for it, huh?"

"Yep" I replied.

She's a plain jane walnut stock loaded M1A, kept her original, iron sights and all. I shot an incredible group out of her my first time out but have never been able to repeat it. I think her gas system is finicky. Plus I'm not that good a shooter.

General Geoff
November 29, 2007, 02:22 AM
Just a plain M1A standard, synthetic stock. Working on getting a scope mount and scope, but in the meantime, she's still a sexy rifle. Here's my "grassy knoll" pic.


November 29, 2007, 03:14 AM
My M1A is my second oldest rifle. Second only to my Colt AR15. It is a Springfield Armory National Match that I had built through their custom shop about 15 years ago. It literally has thousands of rounds through it. I describe it as a Cadillac with an automatic transmission. Over the years I have had bunches of military rifles of all types ........ there is none finer than these. Last weekend it wondered out to the range with me. The ammo was Nosler cases, Nosler 168gr. bullet, CCI BR primer and 45gr. Reloder 15 powder. In the picture of the range it's not decernable but at the furthest out burm is a gong which consists of the top 18 inches of an acetylene tank hung by chain ....... it is 600 yrds. out there. This old M1A thing hit the gong 12 times consecutively. I didn't miss ...... I ran out of ammo :( The picture of the target with the black Shoot N See is at 100 yrds. off the bench with iron sights. The other target is 100 yrds. off the bench with the scope, obviously.
If I could keep just one firearm ....... and trust me I got some "stuff" I would keep the M1A.

30Cal ...I have a question for you. You said that your M1a is on it's second barrel. Approx. how many rounds did you get from the original barrel?

November 29, 2007, 10:21 AM
I bought mine a few months ago after a multi decade drooling want for one.
Springfield Armory M-21 sniper topped with Smith Enterprises mount and 6-18x50mm scope

November 29, 2007, 11:14 AM
Started life as a pawn shop shot out match rifle... The only part of the original rifle still there is the receiver... everything else replaced with new USGI, except stock (match) and barrel (kreiger). ARMS mount, MK4 rings and scope


January 31, 2011, 07:38 PM
Hey why not? I have seen several other similar threads. So here it is!

I wanted to start this thread and try to get all the M1A lovers out there to post pictures of their M1As and maybe a story to go along. Of course this would be open to everyone, even if you don't own one. If you post pics, tell a small story about your rifle or rifles and a brief description of what made you attracted to it in the first place. So because I started this thread, I'll be the first to go!

January 31, 2011, 07:40 PM

My baby!

January 31, 2011, 07:53 PM
Now that I have posted the pics, here is my story. My story starts with how I got my interest in the M1A. I remember my father talking about the "big switch" from the M14 to the M16 when he was in the Army. My father always told me this, there were two types of people...those who loved em' and those who hated them...and no in betweens. My father obviously loved them and wasn't fond on the M16. So that's where my interest began. But once I reach the gun buying age, I began to aquire my own tastes. Honestly, I love the M1A and the AR style rifles....I don't know I just grew up with both.

I bought my first M1A off of a used rack at world famous Buck's Gun Rack in Daytona Beach, Florida. It was all U.S.G.I. and had a really pretty brown fiberglass stock with the selector switch cut out. It was beautiful and shot beautiful! Below is a picture of my wife shooting it...I couldn't find any pics of me shooting it...oh well.

Well that story ends sadly because I didn't realize what a good rifle I had. I sold it back to bucks and put the money towards a Socom 16. Well, times got rough around the house and long story short...I had to get my money back and lost having an M1A all together :(......

But then the light shown back through 2 years later when I bought My Socom II. I love it, it shoots great and gives me back that warm M1A feeling again. That's my story...what's yours?

January 31, 2011, 08:14 PM
Steel and wood Baby!!
All TRW USGI major parts with NOS TRW barrel built on a SAI receiver

January 31, 2011, 09:19 PM
Sapp....as much as I am going to love this thread, I am going to hate you for starting it.....

It is going to make my jealousy to skyrocket while I'm waiting for the funds to accumulate so I can join the club ;)

January 31, 2011, 09:44 PM
I bought my SA M1A Standard from a co-worker who was having financial difficulties, it wasn't National Match grade but somehow he managed to have a Choate stock made for it that had a functioning folding end, I found that the weight balance was all screwed up and subsequently I purchased a GI fiberglass stock with a complete hinged floorplate from an M14.

It came with the SA two screw aluminum scope mounts, a few whacks with a rubber mallet seated the grooves and its pretty solid now, it also came with a 2.5x10x50 Leupold tactical scope with a parallax adjustment, I have never seen that particular scope before, it has the high turrets on it.

I modded the fiberglass stock with a crinkle black paint job, cerakote on the floorplate parts and a speckle dark gray stone paint on the areas with checkering. Also was filling in the select cutout, and epoxying a pair of carbon fiber arrows in the fore end channel to make it more rigid.

And I have the exact same laceup pad that Orlando shows.

My goal is to get a full dress Sage or equivalent stock and have a better scope with a bipod, I would dearly love to get a night amplifier system as well. This is to be my most serious battle rifle.

January 31, 2011, 10:34 PM
I bought my M-21 a couple of years ago,fantastic rifle, great shooter, and just plain fun!

January 31, 2011, 10:38 PM
Txhoghunter: That's the fun thing about this club...you don't have to own one! yay!
Orlando: Beautiful rifle, I bet it's a real nail driver....plus I love the vented handgaurd.
Silverado6x6: Pics! Pics! Pics! Sounds awesome I wanna see it.

January 31, 2011, 10:40 PM
TIMC: What the heck kind of stock is that? Looks cool! Range gun only? Or all around toy?

January 31, 2011, 10:48 PM
National Match competition rifle from the 90's - mothballed in favor of AR-15 for better scores


January 31, 2011, 10:53 PM
Formerly a SOCOM-II, now it sits in a Troy MCS body with a Magpul ACS stock, MOE pistol grip, Magpul BUIS, Mako grip/bipod combo, and a 4-16x scope that I trade out for an EOTech 551, on occasion.

January 31, 2011, 10:53 PM
Txhoghunter: That's the fun thing about this club...you don't have to own one! yay!

Oh but the fun comes from owning one.....not just drooling over everyone else's beauties ;)

January 31, 2011, 11:04 PM
TIMC: What the heck kind of stock is that? Looks cool! Range gun only? Or all around toy?

That is the factory stock with adjustable cheek piece that comes on the M-21 Tactical. These are not just range toys they are used in the field as well. With hand loads mine will put sub moa groups all day.

January 31, 2011, 11:08 PM
Txhoghunter, I'm counting the days til I can make one of these beauties mine. I really hope to pick up a scout by mid summer.

January 31, 2011, 11:27 PM
i have 4 M1As that i will introduce you too (3 standards and 1 scout). i like to play with mine and modify their looks. i always change out the stock and flash suppressor with every M1A i buy.

this is the first picture of me with my first M1A that i received on Christmas day.


it now sports and custom painted synthetic stock, ultimak rail and an aimpoint comp ml3.


my second M1A is fitted with a bassett machine mount and leopold MK4 scope. i also added Hawk's dummy selector kit for a M14 friendly look.


my third M1A purchase i wanted to keep simple by leaving it an iron sight shooter. this one also has the Hawk dummy kit for a GI look.


my fourth is the scout model in a vltor stock, arms 18 mount and leatherwood hi-lux scope. it is a work in progress, as i plan to duracoat the whole gun. im thinking of some sort of camo job.


the scout sports a SEI vortex flash hider and front sight. stock is modified with a tango down front grip and gg&g side and bottom rails.

February 1, 2011, 12:00 AM
Here is my Loaded that has been upgraded to a National Match.

February 1, 2011, 12:33 AM
Springfield M1A with M1 Garand

I haven't done anything to it yet besides buy ammo and mags. I plan on putting a scope on there eventually, but lately I've been spending all my firearms budget on stuff for my 22LR rifle since that's what more than 95% of my shooting is with.

Double Vision
February 1, 2011, 05:52 AM
Great club Sappnasty!

Late in 2010 I picked up an M1A Scout Squad after looking at a lot of surplus M1s at gun shows. It was love at first sight - despite the price.

The only thing I've done is to rub the walnut stock with 2 coats of Tung oil. It brings the wood alive (and protects it) without leaving a gloss finish.

I picked up a 4X Leupold pistol scope for the forward rail but haven't used it yet.

It's only been to the range a couple of times but so far it's been a very accurate shooter.

I'm also a Mini fan so you know I love a Garand-style action. So much so that now I'm impatiently waiting on a CMP M1!

No pics yet... soon.

February 1, 2011, 08:54 AM
Here is my M1A M21. Also a 100 yard bench rest target from the rifle.

Horny Toad
February 1, 2011, 08:57 AM
Can't wait to join this club! As soon as I get my tax refund, I'll be ordering a new M1a Scout. Just have to decide between the walnut or green composite stock. :)

February 1, 2011, 11:24 AM
Mine is just a standard M1A with a wood stock but I love it. I had wanted one since the late 70's when my cousin bought one. Finally got mine in 2008. The day this picture was taken the temperature was in the teens and the wind was about 20MPH. The rifle functioned perfectly; I managed to keep it pointed in in the right direction. It was a good day; but then again every day shooting the M1A is a good day.


February 1, 2011, 11:43 AM
I was first introduced to the M-14 (not M1A) in college, where I shot on the high-powered rifle team. Since it was a government run service academy, they had an armory full of very, very nice National Match-type M14s for us to shoot in competition. For about a year, we had a SEAL Chief Petty Officer who worked as our armorer, and that guy could work over a rifle...

In my last year in school, the academy in question replaced all of their M1 drill rifles with M14s they acquired from Crane, IN. 5,000 of them, fresh from storage, still slathered with cosmoline, were sent to Quantico to be--it still hurts me to say this--rendered inoperative. Apparently, future military officers were not trustworthy enough to handle operational rifles. As one of my extra duties was drill-related, I went to pick up a few loads of the rifles. I never saw so many grown men cry, as I saw that day, usually with a plasma cutter in hand...

Unfortunately, no M-14 for me. But I do have a standard SA M1A that I take to the range every chance I get.

February 1, 2011, 11:55 AM
I love the green composite stock. They look awesome.

February 1, 2011, 12:04 PM
Mine is simple and plain Jane, with basic GI plastic stock. But I like the rifle as it is. Well, maybe I would put one into Sage chassis.

Why I like it? It is pleasant to handle, it feels like it's made with personal care when picking it up, something that I could not say about many firearms. It feels so soft to shoot, but I could be spoiled because other .308 self loader I shoot mostly is a HK G3. There are more modern designs out there and I would not mind to have a few of those, but I like the Rifleman's Rifle. What more can I say..



February 1, 2011, 10:42 PM
Nice supressor!

ol' scratch
February 2, 2011, 08:42 AM
National Match competition rifle from the 90's - mothballed in favor of AR-15 for better scores


That is part of the reason I am considering an AR-10 when I want a .308. I do love the Garand inspired rifles, but I have seen too many old M1 fans switch to AR inspired rifles due to a drop in there scores when compared to them.

February 2, 2011, 09:06 AM
I got my first taste of these great rifles back in the mid 60's. Never thought I would be lusting for one later in life. I ran across a deal on a loaded model many years ago and then added a second rifle a few years ago. One scoped NM and one with irons and all TRW GI parts, I acually like the iron sights for 200yds and under.


February 2, 2011, 02:40 PM

Here's mine. '09 manufacture SAI M1A Standard, TA-55A ACOG with ARMS #18 scope mount, DWP cheek rest, GI web sling. That ACOG is great... you can't beat the clarity, and it makes first-shot hits at all distances easy with the man-sized ranging reticle and stadia lines. I've tried it on man-sized silhouettes out to 700 yards, and it's as simple as putting the stadia line that is the closest to the width of the target on it, and squeezing (well, that and building a solid position, putting your NPOA on target, and following the 6 steps to firing the shot!).

The scope sits a little too high for comfort though... it has too much drop at heel with that big cheek riser, which causes my neck to be stretched out uncomfortably far above my shoulder. So for now, I usually just shoot with iron sights... which isn't a big loss, because these rifles have the greatest iron sights ever put on a rifle. I have ordered a Vltor Modstock for it, to cure the drop-at-heel issue and to have adjustable LOP/eye relief, but it has been on order since September... Vltor is having a major production SNAFU on the stock adaptor piece.

I think if I had it to do over again, I would have gone with a rifle from 7.62mm firearms, and maybe built it from a CMP parts kit. I did not realize when I bought it that SAI rifles do not come with a chrome-lined barrel, which I really want. I am probably going to end up buying a CL barrel from Criterion and having it put on this rifle, and keeping my current one in grease as a backup. The rifle itself is extremely reliable, so I see no reason to get rid of it. Maybe i'll get some GI parts stocked up for it though.

February 2, 2011, 05:00 PM
I enjoy shooting my M1A Super Match. I was trained on the M14 back in my military days and grew to really like the rifle. I own a couple of ARs as well, but still have a soft spot for my M1A.

February 2, 2011, 05:18 PM
can i join ? 1st up is a full size standard. serial # under 100k, all US GI, i wanted a loaded but this came up for a song so i couldnt say no


here is a bush rifle that started life as a loaded and went back to SAI by a previously owner and was converted to bush config. custom gi stock painted by a friend for our local hills where we have some shooting access via a 3rd friend with acreage serial in the 145k range. all GI parts as well except the barrel

lastly a fun shorty with a custom short stock. this badboy measures 36 inches stem to stern. REALLLY fun to shoot, not fun to be the guy in the next lane. the 10 rounders are for range use, have plenty of 20s on hand in reserve. serial around 180k.. since I live in PRK, i can have my legally obtained 20s but no pistol grip or collapibles or folders. i decided m1a in 308 is preferable to me than a neutered AR.


February 3, 2011, 12:24 AM
My M14 EBR, built on a LRB Barreled Action Number Two. http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=127175&d=1283716300

February 3, 2011, 09:38 AM
National Match M1A with Arms 18 scope mount, burris extreme tactical rings, and of course a nice matching 1907 tan leather sling! After this pic was taken I found a flash supressor with a bayonet lug. But I wouldn't dream of actually using that on such a precise rifle!

MadCrateBuilder that is one sweet looking rifle. What kind of stock is that? Beautiful. I bet it gets alot of compliments when it gets pulled out of its case!

February 3, 2011, 08:01 PM
I just purchased a new Springfield Armory M1A "Loaded" with the synthetic stock. I haven't even shot it yet; but am way excited. I'm going to get the steel scope adapter from Springfield and have ordered a QD sling mount replacement so that I can add a Harris bipod. Hope to shoot it next week!

February 4, 2011, 01:29 AM
PICTURES!!!! lol

February 19, 2011, 03:17 PM
my little friends

February 19, 2011, 06:51 PM
ah yes, the 1911/m1a combo, the way it should be.....

February 19, 2011, 07:08 PM
What I like best about my M1A/M21 is the consistant 5/8ths" groups at 100yds. that I get.


10mm, when you care enough to send the very best.

February 19, 2011, 09:54 PM
Sweet rifles guys!

February 20, 2011, 07:43 AM
Here is my Bush Rifle before and after I modified the stock and painted it.

February 20, 2011, 07:49 AM
Here is my Bush Rifle before and after I modified the stock and painted it.

February 20, 2011, 08:56 AM
Y'all are makin me jealous! I want to join the club

February 20, 2011, 02:12 PM
Mine...bobbed the barrel to 18.5"


March 17, 2011, 03:58 AM
just added a new member to my M1A family. she's the shorty.....



i know ive already posted these pics, but here they are for the subscribers to this thread......



i figured i have some fun and get a tactical shorty dersert-cam M14 to go along with my standards.

March 17, 2011, 04:11 AM
I love the rifle....I did my AR-15 similar to that...however Krylon is not duracoating! lol......But I do like Krylon mainly cause it's about $4 a can! yay

March 17, 2011, 04:20 AM
thanks sappnasty......and thanks for starting this thread.

March 17, 2011, 04:26 AM
No problem...I love my Socom II (pictured in the beginning) and that's why I did it...I think the M1A is one of the best rifles ever made...Why wouldn't I wanna see everyone else's rifles....It's kind of like looking at porn...all the guilty pleasures with none of the consequences!!! hahahaha

March 17, 2011, 11:14 AM

March 17, 2011, 11:18 AM






March 17, 2011, 01:25 PM
I was in the same boat as W.E.G. . My M1A was benched in favor of the AR15. My match scores shot up significatly once I transitioned to the black rifle.


Double lug supermatch in a McMillan stock. Built by a retired USMC 2112

March 18, 2011, 12:35 PM

henschman, is that a TA55 ACOG? That thing has a 2" eye relief. Where do you get a cheek weld on that? Seems like it would be really uncomfortable.

March 18, 2011, 01:35 PM
i figured i have some fun and get a tactical shorty desert-cam M14 to go along with my standards.
Hey Skipbo, what did you use to get that camo pattern? Which netting???
I want to do that same pattern with my AR10.

General Disarray
March 18, 2011, 01:43 PM
Here's my 94' Bushy:


March 18, 2011, 05:37 PM
henschman, is that a TA55 ACOG? That thing has a 2" eye relief. Where do you get a cheek weld on that? Seems like it would be really uncomfortable.

Yes, its a TA55. It has the same height over the stock as on an AR when the stock is set to the height in the picture, so cheek weld is not a problem. Getting the correct eye relief is not a problem with the telescoping stock. It is a very comfortable setup actually.

Double Vision
March 18, 2011, 07:50 PM
Today I took my Scout Squad out for a day at the range with its new brother the M1 Garand.
I even turned another Garand shooter on to the M1A. He had carried the M14 when he was in the service.

The M1A liked the Radway Green milsurp .308 ammo as well as the Winchester 7.62 x 51. At about 43 cents a round it'll be seeing a lot more of the Radway Green.

March 19, 2011, 08:16 PM
Nice lookin rifles here ladies and gents.;)

Here are my 2 favorites:

The one on the right = SAI M1A-A1 Bush rifle with all GI parts, minus bbl and receiver. TG,op-rod, bolt = TRW.

The one on the left with the ARMS #18 split rail scope mount = M14S Tanker.

TG, bolt assembly, stock, HG, rear sight assembly, gas system, connector lock, op-rod spring = GI

SEI parts include Vortex direct connect FH with gas lock (hooded) front sight.

Sadlak parts = op-rod spring guide.

BBL = Criterion chrome lined std contour 18.5in.

Receiver = M14S Norinco


Note: I filled in the selector lever holes myself, and gave um new paint...

Note: No bayonet lugs, so I decided to get one of them fancy bayonet replacement devices from SAI, pictured below along with the rifles...

Note: I just recently bought an LRB Arms M14SA Tanker, but am currently deployed, so pics will have to wait until I get back home.
She is built with the same bbl /SEI parts as my Tanker pictured above....along with the rest of her as all USGI.
Only difference is that she is using an SEI extended bolt stop, along with one of their op-rod spring guides. "DT" glfs instead of the "H" glfs.


March 20, 2011, 05:35 PM
Nice rifles fragout.

Those slings are on backwards, though! :D

March 20, 2011, 05:59 PM
cool thread sapp. this is my first M1A, its a loaded rifle with the nm barrel and 2 stage trigger. i am going to order the nm rear sight soon as well. i started out liking AR's and especially AK's but my favorite rifle in my case is definitely this M1A she's my baby.



March 20, 2011, 08:09 PM
My one M1A baby, 1980 Springfield:D

March 21, 2011, 09:46 AM
Nice rifles fragout.

Those slings are on backwards, though!

You are correct sir. I prefer them this way.

FTR...... This bugs the heck out of my wife....:)


March 21, 2011, 09:51 AM
lol... I guess if you're not using it as a loop sling, it doesn't really matter which way you have it rigged.

March 21, 2011, 10:03 AM
I just got my Polytech M14-s back from the gunsmith, he checked the head space and test fired it. He says its all good and safe to fire.

So much for $125 on a GI bolt!! Woo!

Can't wait to get it on the line!

March 21, 2011, 10:08 AM
Roger that henschman :)

Hasty sling for me;)


March 21, 2011, 11:41 AM
fragout & sellmarkguy:

your questions about this gun can be found at this link:



March 21, 2011, 11:51 AM

Just seen your thread regarding the rifle/paint.

Great job.


March 21, 2011, 01:54 PM
How is the Polytech M14s treating you? I hear that the new ones are built to USGI specs.

March 21, 2011, 11:31 PM
Its good so far, I haven't shot it yet but the gunsmith said its good to go.

March 22, 2011, 03:05 PM
Good news man, give us a range report as soon as you can!

March 22, 2011, 04:00 PM


March 22, 2011, 06:39 PM
MJ is that you in the picture? lol - you guys look B/A with those 14's dude!

March 24, 2011, 04:07 PM
My CMP M-14 parts kit came yesterday. I put it together this afternoon with the new Fulton Armory NM barrel, bolt, and receiver, and am getting ready to go test fire it for functionality. The stock is unmarked walnut, and needs refinishing, but that can wait. Some of the parts are Winchester, including the rear sight, trigger housing, and op rod. The hammer and safety are marked SA, and I don't see any marks at all on the flash hider or gas cylinder.
The only thing tricky about putting it together was assembling the bolt without a bolt tool. I used an empty .30-06 shell in the chamber, put the bolt in the receiver, and pressed down on the back of the bolt to compress the ejector spring, then tapped the extractor in place with a plastic mallet. It ejects empty cases smartly now.

March 24, 2011, 04:40 PM
Burner, I was considering doing the same thing....after the parts kit, what is your absolute total costs for everything? Oh and pics would be great!

March 24, 2011, 06:44 PM
Burner, I was considering doing the same thing....after the parts kit, what is your absolute total costs for everything? Oh and pics would be great!
Total costs for the parts were $600 for the CMP Grade "A" parts kit, $899 for the Fulton Armory receiver, National Match grade military contour barrel, and Fulton bolt (includes intalling and headspacing barrel to bolt), $30 for a USGI chromed firing pin. So, total parts came to $1529. Shipping charges for the kit came to $22.95, for the barreled receiver and firing pin, $45.00, and local FFL charge for accepting delivery NICS, and state and local taxes was $52. Grand total, $1648.95, and about 2 hours labor putting everything together.
I function tested it with 20 rounds of Wolf 150gr.FMJ, and 20 rounds of German DAG NATO surplus, and everything functioned fine. After I refinish the stock, I'm going to see about glass bedding it, and I need to bring an Allen wrench to adjust the front sight the next time I shoot it, it's grouping about 2" to the right at 50 yards with the rear sight centered.

March 24, 2011, 07:45 PM
Or you could just make 4 clicks to the right on your rear sight. I understand the desire for perfection though! ;)

Sounds like you came out pretty good with that kit. You have barely more in it than you would pay for a rifle from SAI, but yours is a forged mil spec receiver and bolt, a better barrel, and all GI internals.

I am also thinking about a build with a CMP kit. I'll probably go with a 7.62mm Arms bolt and receiver though.

March 24, 2011, 09:06 PM
Burner, I was considering doing the same thing....after the parts kit, what is your absolute total costs for everything? Oh and pics would be great!
Here's what the kit looks like assembled into a fully functional rifle, before any refinishing of the old GI stock.:
I picked up a handful of GI surplus magazines from CTD to go with it. They're made by Westinghouse, and are in sale right now for $9.97. This one worked fine during test firing.
The gas cylinder is shiny stainless steel, with all the original finish gone, but the flash hider is still looking good.

March 24, 2011, 10:32 PM
I own an M1A that appears to be identical to the one show in the photo posted by Skipbo32 (holding it while standing in front of red metal roof) but I am unable to find a satisfactory way to attach the mount assembly to the forend. Any ideas or experience with this?

March 24, 2011, 10:39 PM

March 25, 2011, 12:50 PM
Sappnasty: The picture of your wife shooting the M1A brought back memories. My buddy and I used to shoot at that range in Daytona. He's passed away since, but we enjoyed shooting there.

It was a very "interesting" place to shoot. The benches are all attached to the front roof supports, so if someone is shooting a heavy-kicking gun at one end, it shakes the whole thing!!! That's a very poor design, but it's the people and guns that we saw there that made it interesting.


March 25, 2011, 01:31 PM
Fulton Armory is using a forged receiver now?


Fish Miner
March 25, 2011, 01:48 PM
This thread came along at the right time. I just won an auction on GB for the m1A Scout today. After my LGS could not deliver I bit the bullet and did the online thing. Turns out I am saving almost $100 even after shipping and transfer fee. So I have ammo money right off the bat! Will post pics next week (i hope!) Waiting is going to suck!

March 25, 2011, 06:30 PM
Fulton Armory is using a forged receiver now?

No, the Fultons and Springfield Armory, Inc. receivers are cast, then CNC machined and heat treated. LRB and 7.62 Firearms and Norinco/Polytech receivers are forged.

March 26, 2011, 12:59 AM
National Match:
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d14/rizbunk77/riz2/SDC10195.jpg Will shoot five shots into 1.25" at 100 M.

My other one is a standard rifle with Fulton Armory USGI countour walnut stock and metal. It shoots about a 2.75 inch group at 200 M. Although it was standard synthetic it came with a NM front post. And the factory two stage trigger is fine. And there is a few sneaky toes in this pic too

March 27, 2011, 02:31 PM

According to thier website, 762MM Firearms is building both. (Forged and cast)

From what I can tell, James River Armory is using these same receivers for their builds as well.

I thought that someone mentioned that they(Fulton) were using a forged receiver now? Must have mis read the post. My girl's Fulton is cast.


March 27, 2011, 04:02 PM
Fulton Armory notes that their bolts and op rods are forged, and that other parts "Meets All USGI Material, Heat Treat & Geometry Specifications". There've been some questions raised on another Forum about the heat treating of their bolts by users who claimed their FA bolts were considerably softer than military specs call for, to the extent of testing a FA bolt against a GI TRW bolt. The bolt tested was indeed less hard than the TRW, but Clint at Fulton Armory said it was as hard as it's required to be. I've got a Fulton receiver and bolt, and so far they both seem to be holding up fine, for the couple of hundred rounds I've put through them. Time will tell how well they hold up.

March 28, 2011, 05:39 PM
just got this beautiful tiger stripe stock. i had to take pics right away. enjoy!






gun addict
March 28, 2011, 06:00 PM
roomate needed to submit some pictures so i played along :D

March 28, 2011, 06:04 PM
man......come on. its bad enough as it is, trying to fight through all the airsoft stuff on youtube....................what does airsoft have to do with M1A/M14 rifles.

come on....

gun addict
March 28, 2011, 06:06 PM
im sry airsoft????

March 28, 2011, 06:09 PM
my bad......is that a real gun he is holding? ive just never seen someone dressed like that holding a real gun...........what kind of camo is he wearing? looks like some kind of german camo.

gun addict
March 28, 2011, 06:11 PM
that's my issued Marine Marpat cammies, we've been using that for years. I threw on my flak and kevlar and went for a pic with my Polytech M14 and it turned out pretty well haha

March 28, 2011, 06:12 PM
uhhhh i think thats marine ACU? ...right?

gun addict
March 28, 2011, 06:13 PM
cant call it ACU, we dont wear Hooahflauges haha

March 28, 2011, 06:19 PM
haha gotcha... but we digress. mine on my floor...


March 28, 2011, 07:24 PM

I threw on my flak and kevlar and went for a pic with my Polytech M14 and it turned out pretty well haha

I would say it turned out very well! Great pic!

March 28, 2011, 07:29 PM

Here's my Girl.

March 28, 2011, 09:17 PM
my appologies Gun Addict.......ive never seen that camo scheme......haha.......sorry man.......my bad. i hope i didnt offend too much!

March 28, 2011, 10:11 PM
my appologies Gun Addict.......ive never seen that camo scheme......haha.......sorry man.......my bad. i hope i didnt offend too much!
To paraphrase Heinlein's observation, "An armed Forum is a polite Forum."

gun addict
March 29, 2011, 01:33 AM
oh yeah im so ticked off, jk of course!

March 29, 2011, 01:46 AM

March 29, 2011, 03:40 AM

Bob R
March 29, 2011, 04:27 AM
Here is mine. It is a Springfield Armory IDF sniper. These actually have a fairly neat history. I did some research into it several years ago and posted on another forum.

After the Six Day war in 1967 there was a French led weapons embargo placed on Israel. Because of this, Israel had to rely on other suppliers (USA) and started their own weapons development. The US sent 35,000 M14's to Israel in 1973 when the Yom Kippur war broke out. After the Yom Kippur war Israel spec'd every one of the M14's, and the 10,000 best ones were converted to the IDF sniper weapon. The remaining were taken down for parts. The M14 was the Israeli SWS through 1997.

After Israel opted for the M24 as their new sniper SA brought the weapons back into the country, slapped on a NM barrel, and a new reciever and sold them.

I really like the scope and mount. It is very solid for a single point mount. The scope is very clear, has a built in range finder, and mine returns to zero when removed and replaced. I think the optics on the Nimrod equal some of the better scopes out there today.

The built up comb on the stock for scope use looks funky, but it does grow on you. It is attached with two screws through the comb into countersunk nuts in the stock comb. It makes for a very solid platform. No worries about the laces coming loose, or getting it in the same position when replacing after removal.



April 1, 2011, 10:50 PM
M1A Loaded with 4th gen scope mount. Mount continues to come loose after a magazine or two requiring constant attention/re-securing. I am hand tightening the mount only.

Any recommendations for making the mount more secure? I hate forgetting to tighten and then missing the entire target...arrrgggh.


April 1, 2011, 11:28 PM
Yes, get a Basset:D

April 2, 2011, 03:57 PM
I was able to take the mount and scope off, apply some loctite...let it set overnite and my zero was almost perfect the next day and the mount never came loose...YET...i think loctite is the trick.?

April 3, 2011, 06:49 PM
My recent addition:



1. Criterion 18.5in chrome lined bbl
2. SEI Vortex direct connect flash hider
3. SEI dovetail gas lock front sight
4. SEI bolt stop
5. USGI Parts for the rest of the rifle. (NIW or as new)


April 3, 2011, 06:52 PM
I wouldn't trust it... I have heard horrible stories about the Springfield mounts. I have an ARMS #18, and love it... it mounts up solid, sits as low as possible, and is made out of the same grade steel as the M-14 receiver. It is also a military issue item that is battle proven. That Springfield might stay solid for now, but it could come loose at the least opportune time.

Rollis R. Karvellis
April 3, 2011, 08:11 PM
Hope you used the green loctit, sold as Guntit, with the red you might not be able to change it if needed.

April 4, 2011, 06:17 AM
I have had 0 luck with the SAI gen1 thru 3 mounts. They always shoot loose on me sooner or later.

I already made the switch to the ARMS#18 mount before the SAI gen4 mount was released.

No issues with the ARMS shooting loose as of yet.....and after thousands of rds either. Mine is the older split rail model.

A view from the top...

Lowest profile, most compact/lightweight mount I have found yet. ( Even lower in profile then the LRB M25.

Another solid mount is the Smith enterprise mounts. I have one on my rifle at work, and it is a solid unit, although I like to build up the comb a tad for proper cheek weld.

Another is the Bassett mount. I have had a few of them for about 3yrs now, and no issues as of yet. Mine all work as advertised.

Sadlak makes a great mount as well.


April 4, 2011, 10:36 AM
I have a two point mount on my M1A, the second point mounts where the stripper clip guide used to be and had to be adjusted to fit, once it is adjusted and locked down then you don't have to mess with it anymore, you just mount the scope/mount combo and tighten it down. I can mount and un-mount my scope without loosing zero and it has never yet come loose on me. My mount has no name or initials on it that I can find and for the life of me I cannot remember where I bought it for sure, either SA or Midway. It is flat black aluminum in color and has a weaver rail. If I get a chance I will post a picture of it later.

10mm, when you care enough to send the very best.

Grunt Medic TXARNG
April 4, 2011, 12:18 PM
USGI parts kit and a Wolfe Modified Medium barrel and op rod guide, assembled on a Fulton Armory receiver with NM trigger and sights.


I still need to replace that awful brown USGI handguard, attach my SEI scope mount, and purchase and install an SEI M14 Extended Bolt Stop/Release and and a SADLAK Tactical Magazine Release Latch. Oh, and figure out WTH I'm going to scope it with. :D

Oh, and is it wrong to point out that M1A is a trademarked name owned by Springfield - so only their rifles can properly be called such? I refer to all others as 'semiauto M14s', or 'M14 type/pattern rifles'.

April 4, 2011, 03:10 PM
It makes sense to me Grunt medic:)

I typically refer to them by their actual nomenclature if at all possible.


M1A-A1 Bush rifle

LRB ARMS M14SA ( SA = semiautomatic)

Norinco M14S ( S = sporter)

Ifn's the conversation is regarding Uncle Sam's finest...........

M14 service rifle

I sometimes dont however........on account of my not so high speed typing skills.....lol

BTW....... Nice lookin rifles here ladies and gents.


May 12, 2011, 12:34 PM
Hey, Everyone..I'am Looking for a Springfield Armory M21 Walnut Adjustable Stock..Anyone have one?

May 12, 2011, 04:48 PM
I have a springfield m1a standard it came with the walnut stock but i replaced it with a black sage ebr stock which helped accuracy and looks awesome. Oh and the 3rd gen scope mount from springfield. i can only imagine what it would do with a med. Contour bbl. Lol

May 14, 2011, 07:31 AM
Have a Springfield National Match M1A that I traded 2 Colt 1911s for about 13 yrs ago?... since then a couple other Colts "followed me home". My wife said "oh no,,your not pulling that one again! ". Apparently I'll have to be more creative in the future. 20 rnd mags have skyrocketed in price !!

May 14, 2011, 10:55 AM

I got my wife " hooked" on the M1A/M14, and she is just as bad as I am. This might work for you and yours regarding the 1911...:)

Quality M14 20rd mags are more expensive nowadays, but the following sites is where I buy from......



Both of the above companies sell the real deal NIW USGI (CMI) 20rd magazines.

Note: I do not work for either. Only a satisfied customer from both.


May 14, 2011, 12:19 PM
Thank you for the information and the websites to look up, I will definitely check them out. As for my wife I will remain diligent in my attempts to convert her towards the light.:):)

May 14, 2011, 05:34 PM
I am ak AK guy at heart, but got a good deal on an M1A (service grade) a few years back. I absolutley love it. I have a bipod for is nice for the range.

May 16, 2011, 12:06 PM
Your welcome Steel pony.

I ended up creating a sort of "monster"......:)

The wife has a thing for TRW parts, and she "confiscated" my one and only TRW marked magazine.

I really miss that mag.......lol


May 20, 2011, 06:31 AM
I'm in! Got my dream gun a month ago (SA M1A Loaded). Did a lot of research and came up with a very good hand load for it. I love this rifle!


May 20, 2011, 10:42 AM

June 22, 2011, 09:45 PM
I think my screen name indicates that I'm part of the club.

June 23, 2011, 09:20 PM
Can I join the club ???

June 24, 2011, 10:55 AM
I have a White Feather from the factory with the SA scope. I purchased this directly from the Reeses when I lived in the Quad Cities. I will try to post pics this weekend.

June 24, 2011, 11:07 AM
You better have pics up soon!!!!!!!!!

June 24, 2011, 11:38 AM

June 24, 2011, 12:05 PM
Big brother and little brother.

June 24, 2011, 03:50 PM
Who would be considered the Top 'Smiths for M1As?

June 24, 2011, 08:39 PM
Anyone know where you can obtain a proper stud (QD?) for mounting the Harris bi-pod?

June 24, 2011, 10:04 PM
Bought my Fed. Ord. M14A a couple months ago from gunbroker. Came with all USGI parts an birch stock, fiberglass stock, 4 mags, 2 fiberglass hangaurds, one vented. I have since put a wood handgaurd on it, stripped the stain an put 4 coats of PTO on the stock. Bought a Bassett scope mount an its holding tight which my cheap scope mount wasn't able to do. Nikon Prostaff BDC scope. The WRA OP Rod was made sometime before 1962 an the HR Barrel an HRT bolt in 1961, ME.8 an it shoots perfect!! This might beat out my Garands for favorite rifle...? Maybe it'll be a tie.

December 12, 2011, 01:45 PM
I surprise there are very few pics and way more chatter on this forum compare to others. Here's mine contribution

December 12, 2011, 03:49 PM
Do Norinco clones count too? ;)


December 12, 2011, 06:14 PM
To me it will always be the M14. If it looks liks duck and shoots like a duck why would I call it a goose?


December 12, 2011, 06:41 PM
mine, finally finished it the other day. Leupold mark 4, 4.5-14x50mm w/ illuminating TMR reticle. i absolutely love this rifle haha





Steven Youngblood
December 15, 2011, 09:23 PM
Hi, Everybody.
I have a Springfield M1 Garand and LOVE the Rifle. I have a clip that has been modified so a tab gut out of the clip will hold it in, until you unhook the tab with a pocket knife.
I donít remember where I got the pattern, but I cut it out of a Clip I had on hand.
The Tab allows the clip to be put in the rifle and it will stay in until removed, by using the blade of a pen knife to unseat the tab.
I am able to load 7 rounds from the top, and can top off at any time.
It is a little harder than the Mauser, but you can buy or reload your own loose ammo and just take the rifle out , pull the bolt back and load your rounds.

December 15, 2011, 10:12 PM
Anyone know where you can obtain a proper stud (QD?) for mounting the Harris bi-pod?

i used this one, install was cake


December 16, 2011, 09:03 AM
I just put a used Armscorp M14 NM on lay-away last week. I've had and built a couple of M1 Garands in the past (still have one) but this is my first M14/M1A. I'm looking forward to bringing it home and trying it out...

January 13, 2012, 12:41 PM
new set up, trying the m1907 sling instead of the green canvas one


January 13, 2012, 12:59 PM
i love those 1907 slings. all mine are Turner slings. i like to rub Pecards leather dressing all over and set them out in the sun to give them a sun-kissed russet color.

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