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Check Out the New M1A Stocks Collection

Hey Everyone,

I just wanted to send out a quick blog post regarding some cool M1A finds
on ebay. Ebay has a new neat little feature that allows users to create “collections”.

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Buying A Used M1A? Don’t Get Ripped Off, What You Need To Know!

Do These Deeds To Make Sure You’re Spending The Right Money

In the market for a used M1A?  Good!  More experienced, more knowledgeable M1A pro’s – experts that are invariably a lot smarter than I – believe that the absolute best option when buying a used M1A is to search for and find the oldest one you can.  That’s right: according to them, the older the better.  Why?  Primarily “corporate quality control”.  What this means is that regardless of the manufacturer, if you purchase a used gun that was originally produced to fulfill a government/military/law enforcement contract, the corporate quality control at that time would be exhaustive. 

What this does is increase the probability that the original piece was made to be perfect, and made to last.  Also, the year it was manufactured and who it was manufactured for will also determine whether or not it was built using galvanized iron (GI) parts, GI chrome bores and, if the people, the employees at the manufacturer, really gave a pile of bull spit about what they were doing. 

Okay, now that little soapbox preaching homage to my elders is over.  Now comes the important “what do I do if I want to buy a used M1A?”  Maybe you’re searching for a White Feather or a camo Super Match?  Stainless Steel option for the barrel? Fiberglass stock?  Maybe you already found a USMC with iron sights?  Maybe you know more than I?  Maybe you are on the prowl for something that no one’s seen in a bit.  Regardless, here’s a tested, tried and very true short hand checklist to make sure you walk into a used M1A purchase with eyes wide open: 

The M1A used buying checklist:  

  •  Smile – You’re off on a journey to buy a piece of military & sharpshooting history.  Life is good! 
  •  Now, focus on performance – that’s what the M1A is all about, that’s why you’re buying it, so…  make sure she performs.  That means meet the seller at a gun range to test and inspect the rifle before you hand over any loot.  If the seller balks, hedges, waffles or outright says “no” to letting you see the M1A do it’s thing, then walk away from the deal. 
  • Take it apart/field strip – ask the seller if they are comfortable with you taking the M1A apart in front of them.  If they are, then have at ‘er and inspect everything you can – the bolt, the trigger grouping, operating rod, barrel et al.  While you’re at it, compare the numbers to see if the rifle has aftermarket parts, or if they are barrel, and compare the numbers to see if they are United States Government Issue (USGI). 
  • Now, the biggie:  the “tilt test” – For your hopefully almost new/used M1A rifle to perform correctly, it must first cycle, then extract, eject and lastly feed the gas system at optimum levels.  To gauge this, and to make sure that the action is smooth throughout the entire range of travel, most gun experts recommend the tilt test, which entails: 
    1. Remove the barreled action from the stock
    2. Remove the operating rod spring AND the operating rod spring guide. 
    3. At this point, you’ll know whether or not the action is good – by how freely the operating rod slides back and forth under it”s own weight.  If it does, the action is good.  If it doesn’t, well, ya know. 
    4. Now, tilt muzzle upwards to a measured 30-degree angle – which is the maximum angle the M1A needs to be at to induce full movement
    5. Then, tilt muzzle downwards to a measured 30-degree angle – you should see the weight of the operating rod should contact the gas piston tail and bring the bolt all the way forward, then lock the lugs easily into the rifle’s receiver.  At this point, if you encounter drag, simply note where the drag started and go back and have a look at the operating rod, the channel itself, the bolt tracks and the operating rod’s alignment to the receiver and how it fits with the operating rod guide.  On older rifles, any fallibility here aren’t necessarily a huge deal, and is something that can easily be fixed by you, or whatever super hero works on your weaponry.  If you see problems here, talk it through with the seller, maybe it’s a negotiating point to drop price, or at the very least, there’s a good story behind it.
    6. (Note:  this is an abbreviated walk through a “tilt test”.  Check with your gun buddies, gun smith or have a look around the various M1A forums for more data points.  There are many, many other steps & tests to apply to this or any rifle you might be considering, such as:
      • Test for flash suppressor alignment
      • Check for loose screws and hardware
      • Check for alignment of operating rod and gas cylinder
      • Extractor quick check
      • Test for bolt roller impact
      • See if trigger guard lockup is operational
  • Shoot!  This is why you drove 120 miles through the rain to meet the seller.  It wasn’t to drink bad coffee, it was to shoot.  Do it.  Shoot!  This is the best and funnest way to see if the used M1A you’re considering is up to your muster.  And, all kidding aside, the best way to see if this is the rifle for you is to see the results on the paper downrange.

Most important thing about this entire process – aside from enjoying yourself – is to take the time to do it right.  M1A rifles are a special purchase and they deserve your full attention.  If you are ready to buy and take home this very unique weapon, take your time and know the seller, the background of the weapon, past and potential future modifications and that you are getting the most pop for your buck.

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How To Remove The VLTOR Rail Cluster From A M1A 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.


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!!!!!

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M1A Deal of the Day: Camo M1A Synthetic Stock With Harris Bipod Stud

Don’t miss out on this M1A Stock!

Check out this deal on a Camo M1A Synthetic Stock with Harris bipod stud!

Hey M1A lovers! I was browsing ebay when I stumbles across this crazy deal. According to the auction description it’s a USGI M1A Synthetic stock painted in a 3 tone camo scheme. The stock was picked up at a gun show and the description states the owner doesn’t know what type of paint was used. The stock itself is in very good to excellent condition with some minor handling marks underneath the paint.

The front swivel was replaces with a Harris bipod stud adapter which allows you to attach Harris or Harris style bipods.

You can view the item by clicking the image or link below. Good Luck!

At the time of this post the item has ZERO BIDS and the starting price is ONLY $89.99, HURRY!!

Camo M1A Stock

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M1A Video: How to White Letter Your Guns 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

Did you like the video? Have something to add or comment? Leave your thoughts below.

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Yup, it’s true. I’m paying for your experience and opinions about the M1A/M14 rifle.

I’m using my GI bill to go to school and my blog is slowing down as far as content goes. That’s why I’m offering to pay for your M1A/M14 experience and opinions.

I’m willing to pay the following prices for content:

* A single 300-500 word article – $25 ($30 with pictures)
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The content could be anything related to the M1A rifle like accessory reviews, m1a history, product reviews, “how to” (ex. “how to disassemble your m1a rifle”) new rifle/gun laws, marksmanship, or any other idea you might have.

Your name will be kept as the author on your content, however, you must agree to ONLY publish the content on You can’t publish it elsewhere. This is to protect with Google’s terms of service regulations.

If you are interested, use the contact form here and send me your ideas for content. If I approve, I will give you the go ahead and wait for the content. Also, respond here in this thread and let me know if you would be interested.

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M1A Deal of the Day: M1A Rifle Stock Tiger Camo Starting at $24

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.

Time left: 4d 22h (May 09, 201019:25:22 PDT)

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

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.

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M1A Deal Of The Day: Springfield M1A Fiberglass Rifle Stock With Recoil Pad

M1A Deal of the day is something that I will implement from now on here on I will find the hottest M1A Rifle related deals on the net. These deals will be sourced from various sites like ebay, amazon, gun broker and more. All will be related to the M14/M1A. Items to be included will be M1A rifle stocks, slings, rifle scopes, rangefinders, cheek pads, bipods and more.

M1A Deal Of The Day: Springfield M1A Fiberglass Rifle Stock With Recoil Pad

I was browsing through ebay and found this beauty. A Springfield M1A Fiberglass Rifle Stock With Recoil Pad. Here is what the description has to say about this m1a stock.

Up for auction is a rifle stock for the Springfield Armory M1A sporting rifle a rifle that is legally sold in all 50 states and is not a banned rifle under e bay guidelines.

This stock was taken off a new rifle the owner went with a McMillan stock and did not want this.

It has the factory recoil pad and is black it has checkering on the rear and forearm area unlike the USGI issue Viet Nam fiberglass stocks.

Both sling swivels are included and this does not require the metal liner as does the wood stock.

No foreign sales please do not ask.

Thanks for looking and good luck bidders

m1a fiberglass rifle stock

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The Bidding Started at $0.01

and is currently at only $10.50 with 2 bids. Hurry and jump on it before someone else runs away with this steal of a deal!

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Shooting 1000 Yards with your M1A Rifle: What You Should Know

The M1A rifle is not an inexpensive rifle—the standard model typically costs between $1000 and $1800. So, understandably, people who purchase it want to know if it is reliable and effective. They also want to know how it performs at shooting 1000 yards. Can the M1A rifle shoot 1000 yards, as some people say—or is this just nonsense? Read on to find out.

Background of the M1A

The M1A is actually a high-quality reproduction of the United States M14 rifle that was used during the early years of the Vietnam War. Actually the M14 rifle is still being used in some branches of the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marines. Some countries around the world use variations of the M14 as well. So, this should indicate just how reliable and useful the M1A rifle is.

The M1A is classified as an assault weapon if it is equipped with a pistol grip or flash suppressor in many states. In those states, people can get a legal muzzle brake for the rifle. It would be wise for anyone to check local laws before purchasing this rifle.

Shooting 1000 Yards with the M1A

It is definitely possible to shoot 1000 yards with this rifle—no nonsense here. However, it is not simple to do. Anyone—even the most experienced rifle shooter—is likely to have trouble starting out. After all, take a look at any 1000 yard high-power match and you will see that there are very few service rifle entries. And, the people who have entered with service rifles are typically from the military. But this simply points to the fact that the M1A can (and does) shoot 1000 in experienced hands. Why? Well, the military entries in the high-power matches are using the M14 rifles—and these are like the very close relatives of the M1A’s.

Tips on Shooting 1000 Yards

You really need a lot of practice with your M1A in order to be able to shoot 1000 yards, of course. However, there are a few tricks you can try in order to boost your odds of succeeding. Give these tips a try:

  • Choose the right bullets. For long-range shooting, you need bullets with the highest ballistic coefficient (BC).

  • Try a steady prone position. While this doesn’t work for every shooter (bench shooters), many people still use the prone position for an accurate shot —which, therefore, helps to get their bullets to go further.

  • Get a rifle scope. Try buying a M1A rifle scope that is sealed, waterproof, and fog proof. This might help you to get better precision in your aiming, which could help with your distance.

When all is said and done, it all comes down to this—you are going to need to practice. The accuracy and shooting potential of the M1A is exceptional, but only if you put in the time and effort. And, yes, this rifle is definitely dependable and worth the cost. It is excellent at shooting targets, of course, but it can also be put to work for hunting and for tactical uses.

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Hog hunting with Your M1A Rifle and What You Should Know

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.


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.

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M1A Scout Squad rifle vs. the M1A Match rifle

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.

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Where to Buy the M1A Rifle Online

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.

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The Top 3 Rifle Slings for the M1A

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


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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

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.

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