M1A "Bush" rifle??

M1A "Bush" rifle??

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    M1A "Bush" rifle??

    Folks:

    I got to the gun show just before it closed for the night, (but it will open again tomorrow morning ). I have been considering an M1A Scout Squad. I did see what the gentleman called an M1A "Bush" rifle. I did notice that it had a flash supressor rather than a muzzle break.

    So, 2 questions: What, if any, are the other differences between the Bush and Scout Squad; the asking price was $1550--reasonable??

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    Thats about the price I see on Gallery of guns and Buds gun shop for the scout squad rifle. So I would say it is reasonable.

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    That's an avg. price....theyr'e going for 12-16 hundred here.

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    Sounds like a Scout Squad to me too. And yea.. about 1500 seems to be todays prices for it. They have steadily gone up in the last couple years. Good investments I think for that reason.

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    I have the squad and a regular M1A. If your looking for a multipupose rifle the squad is an awsome option, you will not be dissapointed.
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    If it really is an SA M1A "Bush", the price is a little high. The "Bush" rifle is a discontinued Standard with an 18.5" barrel, standard flash suppressor and (usually) a synthetic stock. It's just a lighter weight, more compact, more manuverable...and louder M1A .

    If it really is a "Bush", then it is not a "Scout Squad". The "Scout Squad" has a Picatinny rail over the chamber as well as a muzzle brake instead of the standard flash suppressor.

    I bought a brand new SA Standard/Synthetic last year and had SA replace the 22" barrel with one their 18.5" barrels then re-install and index the original flash suppressor.

    The "Bush" is a great, no frills rifle...

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    yeah-it WAS a Bush gun--but-went back to the gun show and it was G. O. N. E.
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    That's a shame Scott, the "Bush" really does handle much better than the full sized M1A, with no loss in practical accuracy.

    Though I got my SA Standard (Bush was already discontinued)/Synthetic from an LE Distributor, under an SA LE Program, and consequently downright cheap , I believe SA had/has a similar program for our Military, which might extend to Retired Military, though not to former . They were generous enough to extend the LE price to me and I'm retired. Check with SA, might be worth a try.

    You might then do what I did and send the new Standard M1A to SA for the 18.5" "Bush" barrel change. With the new correct height front sight, Mil-Spec headspacing, installation and indexing of your original flash suppressor it cost $281OTD, and they returned the original 22" barrel.

    I've got about a hundred bucks less in my brand new "Bush" rifle than what the asking price was for the one you saw. And I have the, still brand new, original 22" barrel I'll probably sell for a hundred + bucks.

    I know full well there aren't many major gun distributors out there in God's country, but it might just be worth a try if the "Bush" rifle is to your liking.

    Best of luck...

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    EXHSLD:

    Thanks for the heads up!!! The M1A "Scout Squad" (or maybe what you did) is (probably) next on my agenda.

    We have a gentleman in our church withering away from ALS and he is selling most of his guns. I don't really want another full-size 1911, but I may buy it, just to help he and his wife out, so the M1A may move down the list some......
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