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

December 30, 2009 by  
Filed under M1A Rifles

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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8 Responses to “Shooting 1000 Yards with your M1A Rifle: What You Should Know”
  1. Master Sergeant Jeff says:

    I can shoot 2000 yards with my M1A Loaded National Match….I just don’t have a prayer of actually hitting a target….but the boat tail hollow point will fly that far….I should really invest in a scope….any recommendations? They say that a scope should cost almost if not more than the rifle….I hope not more than this rifle….

  2. m1arifles says:

    What are you looking to do with the scope? Target or hunting? If hunting will you be in a lot of vegitation or open areas? I think a variable power scope usually does best. If you are looking to invest some big $$ in a scope, I would read this review on the Leupold Mark 4.

    Let us know what you think 🙂

  3. Dave says:

    Hello, M1A Loaded or National Match?

  4. Nash says:

    depends on what you are wanting to do. The national Match has a glass lined barrel that has to be changed every 2500 rounds. the loaded has all the same internal parts but the only difference is the synthetic stock and the glass lined barrel. I would go with the loaded personaly, you have the option to compete and a good rifle just to take home and to some shooting.

  5. Nashlet says:

    Its called a glass BEDDED BARREL.

  6. Marvin Donnell says:

    I recently purchased a new M1A for the first time and I am absolutely in love with it! It is the best piece of firearm eqpt. I have ever owned.

  7. Doug says:

    After qualifying for the post rifle (M14)team back in the late eighties, I bought a M1A Loaded for my personal use. Shooting 800, 900 or 1,000 meters is not a problem with correct ammo. Your 172 and heavier bullets will stay supersonic at those distances and give good accuracy. Lighter bullets loose velocity quicker than heavier bullets. When a rifle bullet’s velocity drops below the sound barrier, the bullet becomes unstable and accuracy degrades.
    More people have trouble with sight adjustments. At 1,000 meters, your rear National Match Sight may be 50 clicks up from your mechanical zero when a standard height National Match Front Sight Is used. A simple solution is to get a second front sight unit and shorten the blade to work with your load with say 5 or six clicks up at 800 meters. Then dial in your changes for 900 and 1000.
    With a scope setup, your mount is the key. It helps to have enough adjustment range within your scope. Hope this helps.

  8. steve says:

    My grandfather shot on the national rifle team in the 1970’s. He rated the rifles like this, 1 springfield 1903 for accuracy and distance. 2000 yards 2 m1 garand for simplicity and accuracy out to 1000 yards. 3 the m14 out to 1000 yards. do to weight and balance. all of the above rifles were set for national matches with iron sights.

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