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M1A or AR-15?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Gtimothy, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. Gtimothy

    Gtimothy Well-Known Member

    Ok, I know the title is like comparing Apples to Oranges but I am in a quandary and need some help in my decision. I have actually stumbled into a situation in which my wife has given me the go ahead to purchase whatever gun I want (within reason) and my choices have come down to these two...
    I already have an AR in the cabinet, BUT, my wife thinks that its HER gun! We shoot it, I clean it, that makes it hers! (Female logic :rolleyes:) Any way... I really like the AR for its accuracy, inexpensive ammo and limitless options. BUT I also really like the M1A! It's the rifle I shot to earn my Expert Marksmanship medals in the Navy, so I kind of have a soft spot for it and this is the first time I've been in a financial position to buy one. Besides, it is a really cool looking weapon and has a satisfying recoil (actually punishing with military stock)
    I guess what it comes down to is this..I can put together a really nice AR with glass or an M1A with a couple of extra magazines...
    Pros - Cons? HELP! (BTW, she said I couldn't have both - I tried!;) )
  2. xxxleafybugxxx

    xxxleafybugxxx Well-Known Member

    I am in the process of having an AR. I do, however have an M1a. There is a reason I owned an M1a before I owned an AR. (personal preference) If I could only ever have one, it would be the m1a. Good thing this is America :)
    Since you already have an AR, why get another? Why wouldn't you buy something you don't have (m1a)?
    Based on your current circumstances, this (to me) is a no brainer.
    As far as I'm concerned, let your wife think she owns an AR. When she says that, simply respond by saying "I own an M1a" :)
  3. BP44

    BP44 Well-Known Member

    At least for me I stuck with the ar for a few reasons.(cost being the primary reason) First I already had one and the parts and mags to support a few more, and the ammo is much cheaper. I don't really do anything shooting related that a AR can't do cheaper than the M1A. Having said that if money was not an option I would love a m1A!
  4. Z-Michigan

    Z-Michigan Well-Known Member

    For most people I'd say AR, but since you're already familiar with and like the M14, I'd get the M1A. I would consider the 18.5" scout model though.

    If you get an AR, get a nice one!
  5. Double Vision

    Double Vision Well-Known Member

    M1A all the way. Solid, reliable, powerful and just plain fun to own & shoot.

    You can find surplus ammo for the M1A that won't cramp your budget - at least not too much.

    Whatever you decide, good luck!
  6. natescout

    natescout Well-Known Member

    AR's come... AR's go... But M1A's are forever... ;)

    Last edited: Feb 7, 2012
  7. aaronu

    aaronu Well-Known Member

    Definitely get the M1A.

    And when you go shooting, continue to shoot the AR as well. It will bug her and she'll make you go get another AR so you stop shooting "hers".

  8. P-32

    P-32 Well-Known Member

    My next service rifle will be either a M1A or a IHC M-1 Garand. The IHC would finish my M-1 collection. An AR is out of the question as I have not only one but 2 White Oak Precision uppers on RRA lowers. My vote would be at least a loaded M1A. Mine would be preferably a Super Match.
  9. Gtimothy

    Gtimothy Well-Known Member

    Thank you all for helping me with this! I was leaning towards another AR only because I already have tons of ammo and plenty of magazines for it. However, I have to admit, I have wanted a M1A for over 30 years! I need to think of this as my reward for being patient and not be so concerned about having to outfit another gun! BTW, Why the 18.5" barrel Scout? (Z-Michigan)
  10. Z-Michigan

    Z-Michigan Well-Known Member

    I have a 22" loaded M1A, and previously had two. I feel as if I'm carrying some sort of Revolutionary War era Pennsylvania Rifle with the thing. It's very, very long, and just sticks way out there with lots of weight out front. The 18.5" Scout reduces that feeling and balance issue with no real compromises - same sight radius, same stock, nearly the same ballistics (.308 gains a little from 18.5" to 22", but not much). I consider 18" about ideal for a tactical/practical .308 rifle. More barrel gets a little more velocity but the returns are diminishing. Less barrel than 18" gets very loud very quickly, but I don't find 18" particularly loud.

    To top it all off, many anecdotal reviews suggest that SA's Scout model is more accurate than the GI and Loaded 22" models (and the 16" Scout Squad model).
  11. gotboostvr

    gotboostvr Well-Known Member

    Have you considered the AR-10? An AR in .308 gets you that battle rifle recoil in that platform that you admittingly like.

    If you don't like that idea, I'd go with the M1A, you can always borrow "her" gun!
  12. nathan

    nathan Well-Known Member

    20 inch barrel would have been the best compromise. M1a should have a long barrel for long range shooting.
  13. Squeaky Wheel

    Squeaky Wheel Well-Known Member

    The M1A had been my dream rifle for many, many years and then I finally bought one. I took it to the range to shoot for the first time about a week ago. Everything was fantastic except for one little detail that I had never given much thought about -- inserting the magazine. What? I know what you're probably thinking -- what's the big deal? Well, that slant/angle that needed to insert the magazine doesn't sit well with me. This is the first rifle I've ever handled that requires the slanted position for inserting the magazine. I absolutely HATE this. Perhaps I don't have good technique, or maybe it's because the firearm is still too new and being broken in. I practiced inserting and removing the magazine again the other day at home and it still irks me a lot.

    Shooting it is pure joy and I love the feel of the rifle. I like the weight and it has great balance. But inserting and removing the magazine is ruining the whole thing for me. Has anyone else experienced these magazine problems? Is it something that will get smoother and easier over time? I'm tempted to sell it due to magazine frustration. I have both a 5 round mag and a 20 round mag and it's the same situation with both.

    I would recommend handling the magazine of the rifle before you buy it so that you don't get the same sad surprise that I got.

    My second choice would be an M1 Garand (yikes -- then i'll get 'M1 Thumb'!).
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2012
  14. xxxleafybugxxx

    xxxleafybugxxx Well-Known Member

    Same way to insert an ak mag. You just need yo get familiar with it. If you think something is wrong with it, contact SA. this is no reason to give up on (Imo) the best semi auto gun available
  15. whalerman

    whalerman member

    I vote M1A as well. But I admit the decision should be made on what kind of shooting you will be doing. The cost of .308 is clearly higher. But that M1 looks so good. Great photos from natescout.
  16. briansmithwins

    briansmithwins Well-Known Member

    I'd pick depending on what kind of shooting I was planning on doing. Long range or hunting I'd go with the M1A. Paper punching, plinking, and training? AR15.

    5.56 runs roughly 1/2 the price of 7.62. If you do a rifle course that runs 4 days and 800-1000 rounds your shoulder and wallet will appriciate the lower recoil and price.

    Besides, you already have a AR15 so mags and spare parts can be shared.

  17. justice06rr

    justice06rr Well-Known Member

    My vote goes to an AR15. It seems you want to go in that direction initially, but you are convincing yourself to get the M1A.

    BTW you can build/buy AR's in 7.62. There is a new cartridge now called 300AAC Blackout that has been all the hype with AR's.

    its basically a 7.62 caliber that fits a standard AR15 platform without any modification except the Barrel. this is a huge plus IMO. Even better is that it great for adding suppressors for subsonic cartridges.

    I don't have any experience with M1A's, so I cannot comment on that platform.
  18. chris in va

    chris in va Well-Known Member


    I have a Garand, very satisfying to shoot. My AR gets the most use, but only because recoil is less and reloading for it is cheaper.
  19. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Well-Known Member

    I would never give up either of my M1A's I'm going to recommend you check out the new ArmaLite AR-10A. This is a new model of the AR-10 that uses SR-25 mags. SR-25 mags are pretty much the defacto standard for the .308 AR platform rifle.

    The AR-10A is the same price range as the M1A. You can expect to see the same or even better accuracy. The 16" Carbine version is the same weight as the M1A. It can use many of the AR15 accessories on the market.


  20. mortablunt

    mortablunt Well-Known Member

    I vote up for the M1A because you have wanted it for a long time and you can finally get a battle rifle.

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