Choosing The Best Rifle Scope

March 21, 2013 by  
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Many firearm enthusiasts in this day and age are using an optical sighting device or rifle scope on their guns. There is a great reason for making this happen, which is simplicity. Using a scope is a lot less complex than lining up your iron sights. Here is what you need to know about choosing the best rifle scope.

Having the right tool for the job is vitally important. Cartridges and scopes are getting more powerful every single year, and this makes choosing the right scope even more vitally important than ever before.

On one end of your rifle scope you have the objective bell and the objective lens. The elevation adjustment and the windage adjustment are in the center of the scope. Then you have the power ring, the eye piece, the ocular lens and the exit pupil which are on the side that you look through with your scope. Knowing these terms is important when it comes to choosing the best rifle scope, because there are unique characteristics among each of them. If you don’t know your rifle scope anatomy, then you are going to have trouble determining which features are the most important for you to seek out.

The main tube for most scopes in America is only a single inch in diameter, which means that they make use out of one inch rings. Some main tubes are only 30 mm, meaning that they use 30 mm rings. There are a number of different base types that can be used to connect the rings directly to your rifle. You are going to need to know what type of base you need in order to find out the height and the type for the rings that you are going to use for the scope that you want, whether they are 1″ rings or 30 mm rings.Generate Hills of glory Ammo

Scopes do not gather light though most people think that they do, but rather they transmit available light to your eye through the lenses, even losing some light in the process. The best scope is one that offers a theoretical 98% light transmission. Anything that is above 95% in light transmission is considered to be great, though most scopes only offer around 90%.

Another consideration is magnification range. A rifle scope with a 3 to 9 magnification range for a gun intended for whitetail deer is pretty much standard. For mule deer or for antelope, choosing a 4 to 12 or a 4.5 to 14 is not going to be too bad. High power scopes are definitely nice, but in certain situations such as on hot days, they will be rendered nearly unusable because of heat waves and mirage. For smaller animals or for longer range targets, choose a variable range with 6 to 20X or 8 to 25X for the best results. Some other people prefer fixed scopes because they have fewer moving parts and are simpler, so consider this option as well.

How To Remove The VLTOR Rail Cluster From A M1A Socom II

June 6, 2011 by  
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INSTRUCTIONS ON REMOVING THE VLTOR RAIL CLUSTER FROM A SPRINGFIELD ARMORY SOCOM II

Hello to all of my fellow SOCOM II owners!  I am pleased to bring you a detailed description on how to remove the VLTOR Cluster Rail from your rifle in a few easy steps. From installing a mod-stock, to simply not having a use for your rails any longer, I will have you ready for whatever plans you have in store for your SOCOM II.

The VLTOR cluster rail removes easily and only requires a few minutes of your time and some very basic tools.  Here is what you will need:

1.)   One 5/32 Allen Key

2.)   One standard size socket wrench with a 3/8” socket attached

3.)   About 10 minutes of time to remove rails

4.)   A small amount of elbow grease

Step One

Locate the two 3/8” bolts on the left side of your SOCOM that attach the rear of the rail to the receiver.  Set your socket wrench to remove the bolts and begin turning them counter clockwise.  My bolts were set very tight and required a little assistance from my wife.  While my wife tightly held the rifle in place, I removed the bolts which eventually broke free and were unscrewed the rest of the way by hand.  The two bolts have washers attached, so be careful not to lose them.

 

Step Two:

Remove the lower portion of your rail cluster from the upper rail assembly.  This is easily done by simply depressing both of the rail locking tabs located on both sides of the lower rail attachment.  Push them in at the same time and simply pull the lower rail away from the upper rail assembly.

Step 3:

Now you have to remove the receiver/barrel from the stock.  This has to be done in order to reach the Allen bolts that secure the upper rail assembly to the barrel.  First start of by removing your trigger group.  This is done by simply pulling out and upward on your trigger guard.  Once the trigger guard is fully opened, remove the trigger group by pulling straight up.  After removing the trigger assembly, the stock should simply lift off of the receiver.  However, my rifle’s stock was very, VERY tight around the receiver and required a little bit of elbow grease.  This is most easily achieved by pulling up on the rear portion of the stock, whilst pulling it towards you to clear the lip that holds the stock ferrule.  Once the stock is off, we move on to the next step.

Step 4:

Now we move on to the actual removal of the upper rail assembly from the barrel.  This is very, very simple.  You will now need to use your 5/32 Allen key.  You will see a large rounded band that curves around the barrel, with two Allen screws on either side.  This is what secured the upper rail assembly to the barrel.  Insert your Allen key and turn counter clock-wise, loosening and eventually removing both screws.  After you have removed both screws, push firmly against the band to loosen it from the rail.  Once it breaks free it should come right out.  Now is the most gratifying step.  Pull the upper rail assembly away from receiver and barrel.  It should come off with little or no effort.

Step 5:

My suggestion at this point is to re-attach all bolts, screws and hardware back onto the rail cluster.  This will prevent you from losing any hardware, should you ever decide to re-install or sell your rail cluster.   It should be noted that there is one piece that is particularly important on the rail cluster that will fall out if not secured back in by the original 3/8” bolt that you removed in the beginning (see photos).  This piece holds the rail tight against the hand-guard clip slot, used to secure the standard rails to the barrel.

Closing:

Now that you are all finished removing the rail cluster, re-assemble your rifle the same way you disassembled it, just perform all actions in reverse(if that makes sense – lol).  Now you are ready to put on that scout rail and hand-guard that has been patiently waiting to be installed…or maybe a new mod-stock?  Whatever you plan to do, do it safely and enjoy that M1A!!!!!

M1A Video: How to White Letter Your Guns

November 12, 2010 by  
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M1ARifles.com member Sappnasty shows us how to white letter our guns, mags and accessories. Check out the video below.

Materials needed

  1. China White marker
  2. Rubbing Alcohol
  3. Clean cloth
  4. Q-tips

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June 6, 2010 by  
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M1A Deal of the Day: M1A Rifle Stock Tiger Camo Starting at $24

May 4, 2010 by  
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M1A Rifle Stock - Tiger Camo PaintI was browsing ebay and stumbled upon this beauty. It’s a USGI fiberglass m1a rifle stock set. Handguard is included. It is slightly used but the paint is pretty fresh. At the  time of this writing the starting bid was at only $24.99 with ONLY 1 bid. The seller’s user name is ellicottdepot and has a 100% positive feedback rating which makes this listing the M1A deal of the day.

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Another M1A Contest: Win a New Burris FastFire II Red Dot Sight

February 8, 2010 by  
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That’s right! M1a Rifles is throwing another contest with a sweet prize. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to win a New Burris FastFire II Red Dot Sight with Mount.

It’s time to make the m1a forum hyper active again and this contest will do just that. So head over to this post to read the forum contest rules.

Hog hunting with Your M1A Rifle and What You Should Know

November 25, 2009 by  
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Hog hunting can be a lot of fun if you do it right. An M1A is an ideal hunting rifle, but you have to make sure you can find hogs to shoot. You’ll need to find natural hog trails so that you can put feeders down for the hogs to find. If you put the feeders in obscure places, you’re diminishing the likelihood that you’ll get to bag a hog. Put the feeder where hogs travel. Find a trail or a wallow and that’s where you’ll need to put it.

Using hog scents is as effective as using feeders, but again you must put it where the hogs naturally travel for them to be able to find it. Choose dominant boar urine or heat scent, and be sure you’re actually putting it where hogs will naturally be near a stream, wallow or trail.

You’ll also want a good hunting light to shine on the feeder. Being able to light up the target will make all the difference in both how much enjoyment you’ll get from the hunt and how accurate your shots are.

Get yourself a good hog hunting light to hunt at night with. A good feeder light will make those late night and early evening shots much easier to make. Also, you can help attract hogs to your feeder by adding sweetness to it. Any sort of sweet, fruit-flavored powdered drink mix will work as long as you can smell it when you drop it into the feeder and it smells sweet. This tends to attract the hogs.

As far as using an M1a for hog hunting, you’ll find it’s a bit heavier than some other hunting rifles you may be used to. But the biggest factor in making sure you have a successful hog hunt with your M1A is going to be your scope. You’re going to want to be within 100 yards of the target for best results, so a scope with at least 7x magnification should be ideal. Also, the smaller the MOA the better so go with 2 over 4, for instance.

Neck and head shots are the best for bringing down a wild boar, and in order to get that precision shot you don’t want to be too far away with a poor scope. Any shot you make typically in the head and above the shoulders of the hog should be a fast, fatal shot. Otherwise, there’s the risk of only injuring the creature. Shoulder and front quarter shots are undesirable because of the animal’s tough hide and fat, and lack of vital organs. You can avoid the bad shots by making sure you have a well-secured scope and the proper setting on your sight so that you can get a good aim at whatever yardage you’re sitting away from the hog.

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You also don’t want to get too close and alert your prey, because they can be dangerous. Standard .308 ammunition works well for hog hunting, if you go with the heavier bullets.

M1A Scout Squad rifle vs. the M1A Match rifle

October 10, 2009 by  
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As with any firearm, it is important to find the one that fits the requirements you have for your own needs. When comparing quality made rifles, it is important to know what makes one rifle different from another, such as the M1A Scout Squad rifle vs. the M1A Match rifle.

Both are products of Springfield Armory, Inc. and are semi automatic rifles. The basis of their design was the M14 rifle used by the military. The M1A Match rifle and the M1A Scout Squad are good for both target practice and hunting but can also be used for security. It is not recommended that these firearms should be modified to be fully automatic as it would make the rifle unstable and potentially unsafe to operate.

There are actually two versions of the M1A Match rifle – the National Match M1A and the Super Match M1A. These rifles are more geared towards the commercial market, especially for shooting competitions. The National Match M1A is the more basic of the two while the Super Match M1A has the ability to be customized. As with many rifles available in the market today, various accessories can be added to a M1A Match rifle. It is important to research and most importantly test out the accessories and/or customizations before making your purchase.

The M1A Scout Squad rifle is the version that is mostly marketed to law enforcement for their use. This is an ergonomically designed firearm that is compact and powerful with a reportedly high accuracy rate. While it can be a fairly heavy firearm, the M1A Scout Squad rifle has a clean operating system that is easy to use. Make sure that you have good ear protection with this model as while it has a proprietary muzzle stabilizer, it can discharge quite loudly.

When comparing the M1A Scout Squad rifle vs. the M1A Match rifle, both are known for their sturdy design, dependability and excellent accuracy. It is essential to experience the performance of these firearms personally as you will be able to choose the best one for you. You can also compare their performance over other similar firearms on the market today.

m1a-rifleBoth the M1A Match rifle and the M1A Scout Squad rifle is on the average more expensive than their semi automatic counterparts also offered on the market. While in today’s economy cost is a major factor with any purchase, it is important to consider value for the money. If you pay more up front for a quality made firearm and have many good years of use, it may cost you less to pay more. A less expensive, lower quality firearm may not be as dependable and may need replaced sooner, therefore costing you more money in the long run.

Keep in mind that avid gun collectors are very particular as to the brands and makes of guns that they collect, as they add value to their collection. When comparing the M1A Scout Squad rifle vs. the M1A Match rifle, you will find that whichever you choose, you will have a quality rifle.

Where to Buy the M1A Rifle Online

August 30, 2009 by  
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The Springfield Armory M1A rifle is a rifle made in the image of the M14 service rifle, which was the primary weapon used by the United States military in the late 50’s and early 60’s. The M1A should be instantly familiar to gun aficionados and war buffs, because it looks almost exactly like the M14, which was the main rife used by the United States Armed forces in the Vietnam War. The M1A was designed to capture the look and feel of the M14 for gun enthusiasts who want a high performance rifle that also has some history behind it.

It can be difficult to find an M1A rifle at a local shop, so those looking to buy one of these guns may have better luck searching online. There are a number of online gun dealers who sell M1A rifles. Be warned that because they are somewhat scarce and fairly high quality, they often carry a high price tag. This is especially true of the match variants of the M1A, which are highly accurate models designed for shooting in competitions.

Below are a few of the online dealers who sell M1A rifles:

gunbrokerGun Broker: If you haven’t visited Gun Broker before, it’s basically like an eBay for guns. Guns can be bought, sold, auctioned off, or traded through this service. Needless to say, it’s not exactly like eBay because you can’t just have a gun shipped directly to your home. In order to get an M1A rifle through Gun Broker, you must find someone who is selling one, and also find a local gun shop or someone with a federal firearms license that the gun can be shipped to.

impactgunsImpact Guns: Impact Guns is a store located in Utah that also has a nice and easy to use online store. They have several M1A rifles and M1A variants, including some of the match rifles. Prices range from just over $1,000 to over $3,000 for the higher end models. Impact Guns also sells a number of accessories and ammunition, so it can be a nice one-stop shop for your M1A needs.

ablesammogunshopAble’s Gun Shop: Able’s Gun Shop also features a number of different M1A rifles and variants. All of the M1As are frequently going out of stock, which is a testament to the popularity and power of this rifle. You may not be able to find an M1A on your first visit, but you can set up an e-mail notification that will let you know when they have the gun in stock.


thegunsourceThe Gun Source: The Gun Source offers a huge selection of M1A rifles and accessories. With all the different models available, you may have better luck finding one that isn’t on backorder. For one’s that out of stock, the site will helpfully tell you how many people are waiting in line in front of you to get the gun you want.

gundealeronlineGun Dealer Online: This site doesn’t feature quite as large of a selection as the previous three, but there are several options available, including the $3,100 Super Match model. Unfortunately, there is no way to back order an out of stock gun.

Have you used these sites before? What other would you recommend? Leave your comment below.

The Top 3 Rifle Slings for the M1A

August 19, 2009 by  
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When hunting with an M1A, it is important to choose a rifle sling that has rubberized backing that grips your shoulder comfortably while keeping the sling in place and the rifle where you need it to be. Here is a look at three top rated rifle slings that you can use with your M1A rifle.

#1 – Butler Creek Neoprene Rifle Sling – Retails for between $11.99 and $21.99

Butler Creek Neoprene Rifle SlingThese neoprene rifle slings are equipped using comfort stretch backing, designed to reduce the weight of the rifle and to control the bounces that are typically associated with using a neoprene sling for your rifle. The comfort stretch sling is designed to combine the waterproof ability of closed-sell neoprene with comfort-stretch style backing, which reduces the weight of the M1A rifle by 50% while controlling the bounce that you may typically experience. Butler Creek also offers an Alaskan Magnum sling that is made of black neoprene and also features comfort stretch style backing, allowing the sling to give and reduce fatigue of the muscles. The design has non slip features that hold it in place nicely. There is also an Easy Rider sling by this brand that has a shark skin pad backing that is tough and rubberized and that will not slip away from your shoulder.

#2 – Quake Claw Rifle and Shotgun Sling – Retails for between $17.99 and $29.99

Quake Claw Rifle and Shotgun SlingWhen it comes to using a Quake Claw sling for your M1A rifle, you will not have to worry about hearing any sliding or squeaking. The Hush Stalker II Swivel and new design concept makes these some truly super quiet slings with non slip plastic rubber claw pads that offer a unique action for gripping so that they will stay securely on your back or shoulder. Quake Claw offers a Claw Rifle Sling, a Claw Contour Rifle Sling and also a Claw Shotgun Sling, each utilizing excellent gripping action, unique design, crack resistance and fade resistance as well, making these an excellent option for your M1A rifle sling needs.

#3 – Triple K Rifle Sling – Retails for between $17.99 and $24.99

Triple K Rifle SlingThere are two Triple K rifle slings that you can use with your M1A rifle. They are made using to quality leather materials to offer long lasting durability and strength. The first is the Basketweave Triple K Rifle Sling, which has a lining made out of suede which prevents your rifle from slipping away from your shoulder, and it is tapered from 1″ near the swivel to 2″ in thickness. The second is the Military-Style Triple K Rifle Sling, which is adjustable in an infinite number of ways. This Triple K Rifle Sling is constructed out of walnut-oil leather which offers excellent durability as well as utility.

There are many different types of rifle slings out there that are compatible with the M1A rifle, but these are certainly 3 of the best for you to consider.

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The Best Ammunition to Buy For Your M1A Rifle

July 29, 2009 by  
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Anyone who is serious about shooting knows that your choice of ammunition is important, whether it’s in a hunting or competition scenario. While your choice of weapon is the primary concern, ammo is definitely a factor and can make a difference in the health of a firearm and in terms of accuracy. A gun as well made as the M1A rifle deserves to have some good quality ammunition fed into it. So how do you know what type of ammo you should use with your rifle?

Well, first off you have to know what size of ammo that you need. The M1A is designed to use ammunition of 7.62x51mm NATO standard. It can also use .308 Winchester ammo, since the two types are essentially the same. Note that you should not just assume any ammo that says “7.62” is going to work for you. There are 7.62x39mm and 7.62x54mm, which are used for other types of weapons. Also, .308 magnum rounds are different from .308 Winchester, and won’t work in the M1A.

Once you’re sure you’ve got ammo that will work with you M1A, then you need to figure out what you’re going to be using the weapon for. If you’re just going to the firing range to unload some rounds, then you’re probably not overly concerned about pinpoint accuracy. However, if you’re going hunting for small game or you’re target shooting in a competition setting, then you may want some top-quality ammo that will give you better accuracy.

When accuracy is the concern, then you have to consider the grain of the bullet. Grain is a type of measurement used for bullets. The larger the grain, the heavier the bullet is. Bullets that are too light are more susceptible to factors such as wind, while bullets that are too heavy are pulled more by gravity, and will be pulled to the ground faster. The M1A can use any grain from 147 to 180.

It’s not a huge issue for relatively short-range shooting or shooting at large targets; so casual shooters can safely ignore grain as long as they’re within the right range. For tournament level shooters, Springfield Armory recommends 168-grain bullets manufactured by a match grade ammo company. 168-grain is also recommend for deer hunting, but a larger grain is better for bigger game, such as moose.

Another consideration is the actual type of bullet casing. Hollow point rounds are known for their improved accuracy, and many hunters also recommend them because they can cause quick and humane kills. The other common option is full metal jacket ammunition, the main advantage of which is that it has less chance of misfiring. The relatively new ballistic tip ammo attempts to combine the advantages of both, but is more expensive.

Finally, for the health of your firearm, it’s important not to use soft-tipped bullets. The problem is that the soft parts get shaved off the bullets and end up in the gun’s inner workings, and this can then jam up the whole gun. Stick to using bullets that are standard full metal jacket, hollow point, or ballistic tip.

  • Any grain from 147 to 180 is usable.
  • 168 grain is recommended for best accuracy
  • Use FMJ, HP, or “ballistic tip” type rounds (Hsoi: i.e. plastic tiped bullets; note that the term “Ballistic Tip” is a registered trademark of Nosler, so it shouldn’t be used as a generic term for “plastic tipped” bullets)
  • Avoid soft points. The lead can shave and wind up down in the action and jam it up.
  • Avoid steel-cased ammo (not necessarily SAAMI spec)
  • Avoid Hornady TAP (not sure why this)
  • Avoid Cavim ammo as it’s not very accurate and varies in size

For hunting

  • Winchester Silver Tip is OK to use (I’m not sure if they differentiate between Winchester Super-X Silvertip and Winchester Supreme Ballistic Silvertip, and/or if it matters. The Silvertip is an aluminum cap whereas the Ballstic Silvertip is a polycarbonate tip. Don’t know if it matters, and it probably doesn’t.)
  • Hornady Ballistic Tip (technically Nosler makes Ballistic Tip, as it’s their registered trademark. Are they meaning A-Max or V-Max? I don’t know, but you get the idea.)
  • Winchester Failsafe (Winchester doesn’t make this any more, replacing with the XP3 line.)
  • 168 grain for deer
  • 175 grain for moose
  • Moly coated bullets are OK to use but when you start to use them you must stay with them. You will have to clean the gas port more often. SAI does not recommend. If you do use them, it will gum up fast, and you’ll have to clean often and clean well.
  • Tracer and armor piercing ammo is OK, as long as it’s NATO spec.
  • Frangible ammo is too light, won’t work.

There’s a few other things in the posting, but it’s a bit redundant. Their terms are a bit informal so it’s difficult to know exactly what’s what, especially regarding hunting ammo. The key thing seems to be that you can NOT use anything with an exposed soft point. The reason is any exposed lead will shave off, get down into the action, and jam things up. I have read of people using exposed soft points in their M1A’s “without any problem” but why risk any problems?

So, what’s on your mind? Have something to add? Feel free to comment below!

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What is an M1A Rifle

July 2, 2009 by  
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The M1A rifle is one of the various types of rifles that you can purchase for your own use. There are various aspects of this rifle that could make it the best rifle for your own needs. With that being said, the M1A rifle could also be the wrong rifle for what you need it for. Taking a look into exactly what the M1A rifle is will help you to understand as much as possible about what the rifle can do for you.

The M1A rifle is actually a different version of a Military rifle that was created for the United States. This rifle is known as the M14, and was created by the exact same company. There is actually a drastic difference between the two. The military rifle was created under specific specifications by the US government. This means that the rifle was built to be able to handle serious combat. The guns were made to be able to handle more, and are therefore more expensive than the M1A.

The M1A rifle is a semi-automatic weapon. While many people want to attempt to turn it into an automatic weapon, it cannot be. It cannot be modified into an automatic. Beware of anyone trying to tell you that an M1A is an automatic; the gun is not very stable with an automatic setting. Even if someone managed to modify it to be automatic, it would not be a good rifle to have or shoot with.

The major company creating the M1A rifle is the Springfield Armory, Inc. While there are other companies creating the rifle, this was the original. Fulton Armory also builds a rifle resembling the M1A. While there are specific types of international M1A rifles floating around, they can no longer be imported into the US.

There are various accessories that can be added to the M1A rifle. Each accessory can add something to the rifle, but could change the way it behaves or feels. Test out various accessories before decided on the one to use.

In the United States, the M1A rifle must be registered with the government. The National Firearms Act actually requires the regulation of the M1A Rifle. Because of varying gun laws by state, there are differences between states. Some states will require that you have a permit to be able to purchase the M1A rifle. Other states simply state that you must register the firearm after you purchase it. Each state may be different. Check your local laws to fully understand how you can legally own a M1A Rifle.

The M1A rifle has seen popularity grow steadily, simply because it is known to be a good rifle. While it cannot fit all needs, it fits a myriad of needs that people may have. That alone makes it important to research and consider the M1A Rifle for your own personal needs. While it may not be perfect, it can help you to understand exactly what you need, and if it is the right rifle for you.

Myths Surrounding the M1A Rifle

June 30, 2009 by  
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The M1A Rifle is a popular rifle that many use on a regular basis. Those who own the rifle know of the actual abilities and facts of the rifle itself. Those who do not own the rifle may still believe some of the myths about the rifle itself. Understanding as much as possible about the M1A rifle when looking into a gun will help you to find fact from fiction. A little research may help you to understand that this is the best rifle for you.

The M1A is Fully Automatic

One of the biggest myths surrounding the M1A is that the rifle is an automatic rifle. The M1A is actually semi-automatic. The M1A is not actually completely (fully) automatic. Some people claim that they can modify the M1A to turn it into an automatic weapon. The M1A cannot be turned into something automatic. Any M1A that claims to be fully automatic is not the rifle that you are looking for, as it is a fraud.

The M1A is Military Grade

Another myth revolving around the M1A is that it is a military grade firearm. Many believe this myth simply because of how close to truth this can be. The M1A is close to the M14. The M14 is an actual military rifle. The M1A was created as a normal version of the rifle. It is not made to military grade standards, and is therefore not a military grade firearm.

The M1A Matches the M14

This next myth stems from the idea of the military M14. Many are led to believe that even though the M1A is a “normal” version of the military rifle, they are the same. There are multiple differences between the M1A and the M14. The M1A is much less expensive than the M14 because of the process that creates it. The process to make this rifle is not nearly as complicated as the process for the M14. The M14 is created to handle more than the usual M1A.

There are certain types of M1A rifles that are no longer created. While you can still find these rifles around, there are no new ones being created and built. A small myth revolves around the fact that it is easy to find the M1A rifle. While it is not impossible, it is harder than it has been in the past.

It can be easy to believe any of the myths of the M1 A rifle. Many fail to do research about the guns that they are looking into. They simply have heard about a gun and want to make sure that they have that gun. Learning as much as you can about the myths and facts about the M1 A rifle will help you to know exactly what you are getting into. The M1 A rifle may be perfect for your needs. Without the proper research, however, you might not know that.

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Is My M1A Legal?

June 23, 2009 by  
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We have a long and rich history of trying to protect our citizens by infringing on the rights of gun owners. These laws have gone back and forth, protecting the rights of gun owners, and restricting them. Military assault rifles and semi-automatic rifles also seem to get caught up in the cross hairs on these issues. Lets take a look at some of the federal and state laws you need to be aware of when it concerns ownership of the M1A. If you live in a state not listed, be sure to check with local authorities regarding the specific laws. We’ve only included the more complicated laws and most populous states.

Federal and National Law-

The National Firearms Act requires short barreled rifles, machine type guns, and many semi-automatic weapons be regulated. This means you may have register the gun in accordance to the national requirements. The federal act trumps any state laws currently in place. Keep this in mind when you are planning on purchasing an M1A.

Arizona-

There is no permit required by the state to purchase or own, but you will need to register in accordance with the National Firearms Act. There are laws governing where you can shoot the rifle, and under what circumstances.

California-

California has some complicated regulations in effect. You will want to check with your local government to see what applies and doesn’t. In general though, all firearms must be purchased through a registered dealer. Some types of guns will also require proof of residency and a safety certificate. All sales are recorded by the state, and in some cases the serial numbers are registered. There are restrictions on some modifications.

Connecticut-

The state of Connecticut does require you to permit and register some types of guns. In this state you must start with your local police departments to start the permit process. Some towns will require letters of reference, or even an essay on why you want to carry a gun.

District Of Columbia-

If you want to purchase a gun in DC, we wish you luck. The laws governing sales and ownership in DC are complicated. If you are able to purchase one, you will need to register it with several agencies.

 

Massachusetts-

This state bases their laws and regulations depending on the class of gun. The requirements are different. They may also require a license to purchase ammunition for the gun. Generally you have to take a class approved by the state. Private sales are regulated as well.

Texas-

Texas is fairly lenient when it comes to their gun laws. As long as you are over 18, not a convicted felon, and follow the NFA regulations, then you can carry almost any kind of gun you wish.

You can not discharge them unless you are in an approved area. The law allows for open carry, however, some police will site you for disorderly conduct if they see you. In Texas the federal laws are generally the backbone for their restrictions and regulations.

What You Should Know About The M1A Rifle

June 22, 2009 by  
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You may be like other people and think that the M1A rifle is the same as the military version the M14. Although they are both very similar, they are indeed two different rifles.

The M1A is an available to the public version of the military’s M14 rifle. Both of these rifles are highly regarded and very hard to come by. If you do find one it is likely to cost thousands of dollars, with the M14 costing several thousand dollars more than the M1A.

What is the difference?

Although people find it hard to believe that the M14 rifle and the M1A rifle are not one in the same, the truth is that they are not. There are several differences between the two rifles.

The M14 receivers were made using a drop forge process, and the M1A is not. This fact in itself makes the M14 a more expensively made rifle.

The selector switch on the M1A is also different from that of the M14.

Many of the internal mechanisms are completely different as well. They even come apart a bit differently.

Where you can buy a M1A rifle

Although the M14 rifle is expensive and very hard to come by, the M1A can be found for no more than a couple thousand. This price is not exactly inexpensive, but compared to the price of the M14 it is reasonable.

The M1A rifle is manufactured in Illinois and can be purchased at the Springfield armory. The armory offers a wide variety of supplies to go with your M1A rifle. Some of these supplies are very beneficial to you and some of the accessories are not really necessary. You will just have to go by your individual needs.

  • Bipods: These attach to the M1A and help in the prevention of recoil. The bipods are made of heat treated steel and have a black anodized finish.

  • Slings: Rifle slings are handy when you find yourself walking a long distance. They will allow you to keep your hands free and hang your rifle from your shoulder.

  • Cheek pads: These pads are a great way to protect your shoulder and cheek from friction that might be caused while you are shooting your rifle.

  • Ammo pouch: These are very handy when it comes to keeping your ammo in one place and handy.

  • Scopes: There are several scopes that are available for your M1A rifle. Some of these would include Burris Scopes, Bushnell Scopes, Night force Scopes, and Nikon Scopes.

One of the most important things to mention when you are handling any type of firearms is to practice extreme care and safety. Firearms can be perfectly safe as long as they are handled properly and with great care. Never take any unnecessary risks when handling any firearm.

There is no doubt that the M1A rifle is a magnificent piece of artillery. If has great range and a lot of power all of which make this weapon the perfect rifle.

Recent Winner of the M1ARifles.com Free Rifle Scope Contest

June 20, 2009 by  
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The-Nikon-4.5-14X40-Buckmasters--I-won-on-M1A-RiflesCongrats to Hollister Delong, the recent winner of the M1ARifles.com free rifle scope contest. Here is a picture of Hollister and his new FREE Nikon Buckmasters 4.5-14×40 SF Rifle Scope.

Hollister won this contest by being the top forum poster in our M1A Forum. He provided our forum members top quality advice and by having the most posts in the forum.  So once again hollister congratulations.

I also wanted to let everyone know that each month will be a new contest and new prize for my newsletter subscribers. So make sure you sign up for the M1A Rifles newsletter for exclusive deals, informaion, and monthly prizes. Sign up NOW!!

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