Question about .308(7.62x51) military rifles

This is a discussion on Question about .308(7.62x51) military rifles within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I have a yen to put a .308(7.62x51) rifle in the safe in the future(6-9 months down the road). I am torn between the Springfield ...

Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Question about .308(7.62x51) military rifles

  1. #1
    Senior Member Array Barbary's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    749

    Question about .308(7.62x51) military rifles

    I have a yen to put a .308(7.62x51) rifle in the safe in the future(6-9 months down the road). I am torn between the Springfield Armory M1A or the DSA FAL style rifles. Have been researching both and would like owners of both or either rifle to weigh in since I have no practical experience with either of them.. I am looking at reliability, durability and accuracy as the main considerations. Thank you in advance.

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #2
    Ex Member Array azchevy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Oceanfront Property
    Posts
    3,850
    I would take the FAL all day long over the M1A

  4. #3
    Senior Member Array Barbary's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    749
    azchevy, please tell me your reasons.

  5. #4
    Ex Member Array azchevy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Oceanfront Property
    Posts
    3,850
    I own both and I think the Fal is a much more reliable and easier to work on platform and handles better ergonomically. Fal has a pistol grip, cheaper mags, and the DSA is sweet.

    plus if I were to go m1A again i would get a ploy and put all usgi parts in it, should have done that to begin with.

  6. #5
    Moderator
    Array buckeye .45's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    7,611
    Last year I was having the same debate, didn't pull the trigger on buying either. I think part of it is really ergonomics, so if you know anyone with either, try to get to shoot them. If not, go to a store and see which one feels better in your hands.

    If you are looking for more of a general battle rifle, I'd go with the FAL, I think the M1A tends to have the edge in the precision accuracy department though, depending on which model you get.
    Fortes Fortuna Juvat

    Former, USMC 0311, OIF/OEF vet
    NRA Pistol/Rifle/Shotgun/Reloading Instructor, RSO, Ohio CHL Instructor

  7. #6
    Moderator
    Array bmcgilvray's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    9,974
    I prefer the M1A and its handling characteristics to the FAL which seems comparatively clumsy to me, despite its pistol grip. I don't care for the charge handle's position.

    I've owned M1s for many years and the M1A for nearly 20 years so am biased toward that basic configuration. I've only fired FALs on a few occasions but found them more awkward and ill-balanced.

    It's probably a familiarity thing.

    My M1A has been very dependable when used in high-power competition. Load development has been a breeze. It accepts a wide range of handloaded concoctions with reliability. Accuracy is first rate with prepared handloads generally grouping around 1 1/4-1 1/2 inches at 100 yards from a bench with issue sights.
    “No possible rapidity of fire can atone for habitual carelessness of aim with the first shot.”

    Theodore Roosevelt, The Wilderness Hunter, 1893

  8. #7
    Member Array paknheat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    315
    Depends on what you want to use it for. Gonna target shoot and do rifle matches,competion,etc. M1A.. Battle rifle, zombie slayer,Home defense . gun fight training, etc. DSA FAL. I heard Larry Vickers once say that when it came to the difference in these two models, the M14 was the best rifle for competition and the FN-FAL was the better rifle for battle.
    A armed person is a citizen-An unarmed person is a future victim.

  9. #8
    Distinguished Member Array Dragman's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Vandergrift PA
    Posts
    1,275
    Quote Originally Posted by azchevy View Post
    I own both and I think the Fal is a much more reliable and easier to work on platform and handles better ergonomically. Fal has a pistol grip, cheaper mags, and the DSA is sweet.

    plus if I were to go m1A again i would get a ploy and put all usgi parts in it, should have done that to begin with.
    +1 the FAL would be my choice between these two. I perfer the DPMS 308 with the 20" heavy barrel though as thats what I have.
    To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women

  10. #9
    VIP Member Array peckman28's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    2,079
    I have an M1A and have never fired a FAL. I will say then that the M1A is an excellent rifle that fits me well and I have no regrets in buying it. Though I have yet to try the long distance shooting with it, at the ranges I use it it is very accurate and it loves the Federal American Eagle OTM 168 gr loads. I think if you get an M1A you will not be disappointed. My only complaint is that I find it more difficult to strip for cleaning than my other rifles, but that is minor and it gets easier every time I have to do it :) As far as the FAL goes, I think they look awesome but I will not comment since I have no experience.

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Gun Ban LEO & Military question
    By LongRider in forum Carry & Defensive Scenarios
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: May 24th, 2010, 05:33 PM
  2. Bible Codes Found on US Military Rifles
    By Sig229 in forum General Firearm Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: January 20th, 2010, 04:54 AM
  3. Family Pic (Military Rifles)
    By stoneypete in forum General Firearm Discussion
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: November 25th, 2008, 12:13 AM
  4. LEOs/AD Military, read about gangs in military/ with military training
    By cagueits in forum Law Enforcement, Military & Homeland Security Discussion
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: February 22nd, 2007, 12:30 AM
  5. Question on shipping rifles
    By XD in SC in forum General Firearm Discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: October 15th, 2006, 08:04 PM

Search tags for this page

.308 military rifles

,

308 military rifle

,

308 military rifles

,

762x51 rifles

,
army .308 rifle
,
best 7.62 rifle
,
best 7.62 rifle 2011
,
best 7.62x51 battle rifle
,
best 7.62x51 rifle
,

larry vickers fal

,

military 308 rifles

,
military 7.62x51 rifles
Click on a term to search for related topics.