I have a National Match, and wouldn't take any AR over it.
This is a discussion on Springfield M1A worth the price? within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Shot my friends Springfield M1A today at the range and felt great. Awesome groupings at 100 yards. But i asked him and he around 1200+ish ...
Shot my friends Springfield M1A today at the range and felt great. Awesome groupings at 100 yards. But i asked him and he around 1200+ish for the rifle. He wasnt too happy with the price he paid. I have some $$ set aside for a nice rifle. I already have an AR and want something else. the SOCOM 16 was nice at the gunshow but i wanna see if there are any M1A owners here happy with their M1A rifles
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I have a National Match, and wouldn't take any AR over it.
" Blessed is that man, who when facing death, thinks only of his front sight"
I've been dying to get an M1A Scout Squad.
Main battle rifle qualified but a little longer than the SOCOM 16 and a little shorter than a full size NM or Loaded. Just the right size IMO.
I won't get rid of my Colt AR to get one, but like glockman10mm, I wouldn't take any AR over the M1A.
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What sights do you have on that...range officer? Looks like you're missing the front sight on my CP screen.
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Great looking rifle, I plan on one being my next long gun purchase.
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Are they worth it? Depends... Do you have the facility to really shoot it at its capability? Do you have the desire to really learn to be a rifleman? Do you have the money to feed it? If so, then yes, they are worth it. But, if the longest range you have access to is 100 yds and your happy shooting pop cans with a 22, then no, it's not worth it.
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I have a regular M1A and I have a M1A scout. They are great guns. I hunt with mine and there is nothing like having a magazine fed 20 round 308 in the woods.
I know many folks are probably thinking overkill, however, the 19 extra rounds are not for the deer! Came accross a poaching camp one time in the middle of the woods with a 8mm Mauser. Then I started thinking, thats a big Camp. I have 5 rounds. Called the game warden asked what the magazine limit on centerfire rifles for hunting deer in VA. He said come to find out there is no limit on ammo capacity for hunting deer. Anyway, they are great rifles.
SIXTO, living in Northern Virginia if we shoot past 100 yards we run the risk of hitting a 7-11. So yes I regularly plink with my .308's at 50-100 yards.
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I have a plain ol' M1A and love it. A very accurate rifle from the bench rest and has been fun to use in competition and for long range plinking sessions.
Personally, I'd only be interested in full-sized M1As for their added barrel length for increased ballistic advantages and to get the muzzle blast farther away.
I'm like Gman. I would give any AR 15 (AR 10 too) ever made the heave-ho before I'd give up the M1A.
Sixto's right. This rifle can use some room. Short range plinking could be satisfying but also could be accomplished with lesser rifles. I have to admit to being seriously entertained, preparing an exacting series of handloads to try in the rifle in an effort to shoot tight groups at 100-200 yards from the bench. The rifle is accurate enough so that it could be worth it for the inveterate tinkerer.
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I think that they generally are. Granted, I have never even handled one of the really super-up ones, do I don't know if they are.
But even the entry level models are finely made, accurate weapons. I have had one on my "dream list" for a long, long time.
One of the few things I don't like about it is that it isn't the easiest to mount a scope on. Maybe some of the older guys will call it blasphemy, and say I should stick with irons. But really, I think with 20 rounds of .308 and the capabilities of the rifle, it just calls to be made into a DM style rifle, and for that you need decent glass and a solid mount. Yes, I realize that does take away the ability to load with stripper clips.
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I gotta quit being a knucklehead, and start saving money for one, cause I love this rifle, always have.
They sometimes sell the Norinco(chinese) made one for around $900 or so @ the Mt. Clemens, Gibralter GShow.
But something just seems so wrong with buying one made in China, when, for a few hundies mor you get the real deal.
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Why is it that we're quick to dump $1000~ for an AR variant, but not something like this?
Why will we pay $600 or $700 a month on an automobile that must be replaced in 10 yrs, rather than something like this that will hold it's value, financial and sentimental, for many years?
Yeah, that M1A is probably too much money.
But so is that iPhone, and that latest laptop, and your current tv,and that Blu-Ray player, and all that other over-priced electronic stuff that's outdated the minute it hits the electronic section at Walmart.
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It's threads like this that keep rotating the M1A, AR15, and AK 47 through the top spot in my shopping list