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How hard is it to build an M1A?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by DJ E., Jan 23, 2004.

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  1. DJ E.

    DJ E. Member

    Oct 26, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    If I bought the receiver from Springfield Armory and built an M1A from there? Is it a complicated process? Are parts plentiful? How much money would I be looking at spending?

    I'd like an M1A but alot of people complain that it's not made from USGI parts, breaks easily, etc. SA does have the lifetime warranty though. What to do, what to do...

  2. Swampy

    Swampy Member

    Apr 1, 2003
    SouthWest MO

    Building an M14 type is not hard as long as you have the right tools for installing the barrel, finish reaming, headspacing, and pressing on the op-rod guide. After that it's merely a matter of putting the parts together.

    The problem lies in finding all USGI parts. They are now getting harder and harder to find and the prices of late have been really rocketing upwards. Seems like the last USGI M14 parts kit I saw was selling for somewhere around $600+, less receiver of course. If you can't find a decent kit and have to buy it all a piece at a time expect to pay a lot more than that by the time you are done.

    If you really want an M14 type, check with the "other" buillders out there..... like Fulton Armory, Armscorp, Smith Enterpirses, West Texas Ordnance, etc. These guys have great reps and will build you a rifle that will work and last.

    On the other hand..... Springfield Armory DOES have a lifetime warranty on their products. If you have problesms it can always be sent in and fixed-replaced. Any few problem parts can always be replaced with a USGI part as a permanent cure.

    An alternate to the whole idea..... Get an nice M1 Garand from the CMP for $400, send it off to have it re-barreled to .308.

    .308 Garands are the best thing since sliced bread and bottled beer.... :D

    Just my thoughts,

    Garands forever
  3. geekWithA.45

    geekWithA.45 Moderator Emeritus

    Jan 1, 2003
    SouthEast PA
    IMO, assembling an M1A is trivial, from major component groups. The sticky part will be mounting the barrel to the reciever and setting up the headspacing properly, which are two tasks that exceed the skills I have at the moment. (Gotta upgrade those skills someday ;) )
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