My 1st M1A

My 1st M1A

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    My 1st M1A

    I've owned a few bolt action and semi-auto 7.62/.308 long range rifles in my lifetime but never a M1A. This is my first. It's a Federal Ordnance model M14SA and I just just took possession of her this past Saturday. Data seems to indicate that it was manufactured in 1989. The smooth, pristine birch stock has an unaltered selector switch cut-out and comes with NM hooded rear and front sights. She's a sweet stick, Fo-Sho.

    I wanted to match her up with long range precision glass and was fortunate to come across a great deal on a scope. I bought it last week and it was just delivered today. Its a Leupold Mark 4 M1. This scope is the cat's meow. The clarity on the glass is unbelievably clear and the fixed magnification (16X) is amazing. I can actually identify surface flaws on [wooden] telephone posts that are about 600 yards away. The scope is in pristine condition (no ring marks) and according to the owner it was purchased new about 14 years ago, and then stored in a vault. The sun shade and flip caps were included with the deal.

    Scope rings and a few other accessories have been purchased and are on their way, but I still haven't made up my mind on the mount. I'm leaning towards the Arms 18 mount, but the Sadlak Airborne mount is still in the running.

    Quality range time is in the works..!

    Here's a few photos..:









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    congrats on the new rifle!
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    Congrats on the new rifle, I have an M1-A also but I plan on leaving it nude.

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    I worked with M1's for over 15 years and can't seem to get up the idea to buy one. Maybe I just had enough of them... If I found a deal like the OP, I would probably jump on it too.

    Good luck on the purchase and provide that range report with photos...
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    Beautiful rifle, congratulations.

    Which version is it, USGI parts or Chinese?

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    Thanks, guys.

    OD, I haven't taken her apart yet but I anticipate that it will be manufactured with Chinese parts. No problem with me if thats the case.
    What we've got here is failure to communicate.

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    Looks nice - Congrats!

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    SWEET!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by los View Post
    Thanks, guys.

    OD, I haven't taken her apart yet but I anticipate that it will be manufactured with Chinese parts. No problem with me if thats the case.
    Good choices on the scope mount. Either the Sadlak or the ARMS will do well....unlike the majority of el-cheapo M-14 scope mounts out there. I have three of 'em, two of them are scoped....and learning how to effectively mount a scope to them was a trying process for me.

    Also, good attitude on the Chinese manufactured parts...fit and finish, assembly, and small part quality leaves much to be desired on many of the M14/M1A/M305 type rifles that have been manufactured in PRC....but they are still built with forged receivers and they seem to have a good grasp on how to make the major components fairly well.

    Too bad the same can't be said for their sights, the way they index their barrels, the tightness of their gas systems, or the god-awful stocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by los View Post
    Thanks, guys.

    OD, I haven't taken her apart yet but I anticipate that it will be manufactured with Chinese parts. No problem with me if that's the case.
    That's half the fun, researching 'em.
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    What a beautiful rifle ! Congrats !
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    Quote Originally Posted by wsquared View Post
    Good choices on the scope mount. Either the Sadlak or the ARMS will do well....unlike the majority of el-cheapo M-14 scope mounts out there. I have three of 'em, two of them are scoped....and learning how to effectively mount a scope to them was a trying process for me.
    Well I bought the Arms #18 and it should be delivered next week.

    Being that the Arms mount is one of the lowest mounts made, plus the fact that I'll be using Med height rings, I'm really hoping that the scope does not contact the rear hooded sight.
    What we've got here is failure to communicate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    That's half the fun, researching 'em.
    Roger that.

    Do you own a M1A..?
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    Quote Originally Posted by los View Post
    Roger that.

    Do you own a M1A..?
    No Sir, but I've had a couple CMP Garand's, I prefer the FAL, different strokes.
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