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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Differentiating an M1A Rifle from an M14 Rifle

June 10, 2009 by  
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M1A Rifle - Click to enlarge

The first thing that you might notice about these two rifles is the striking similarity in appearance. It should be similar because they are essentially the same in almost every feature except that one rifle is used by the army and the other one can be purchased at any reputed gun store.

Like the saying goes, the differences are only skin deep. For beginners, the receivers of the M14 are manufactured using what is known as the drop-forge technique. M1A on the other hand uses an investment cast receiver and may be comprised of a mixture of genuine United States GI military specification parts along with case replica parts, or simply all United States GI parts or even mostly investment cast parts along with smaller military specification parts. The sound created by the two receivers is different and any rifle audiophile can immediately differentiate the two by simply listening to their sound upon discharge.

The selector switch of M1As manufactured post 1990 are different from the ones on the M14. The M14 uses a walnut stock similar to the M21 that is height adjustable. Additionally, the 7.62mm caliber design was also dropped after the 1990 model of the M1A. M1As work only off 7.62x50mm NATO ammunition and not on anything else.

The bayonet lug has been removed from the newer M1A models. This was following the Assaults Weapons Ban of 1994 that prohibited the use of bayonet lugs on civilian weaponry. However, there is a workaround that allows owners to attached a bayonet lug to their M1As since the flash suppressor on the M1As are all identical.

When it comes to disassembly as well, there are minor differences between the two. With the M14, you can simply remove the connector and the operating rod slides out whereas the M1A uses a technique commonly known as “twist and pray” to remove the operating rod.

M14 Rifle With Fire Selector - Click to enlarge

M14 Rifle With Fire Selector - Click to enlarge

The M1A is strictly a semi automatic rifle. There is no way that it can be made to operate in a full automatic mode. The M14, on the other hand, is a selective fire military weapon. This translates into it being able to operate in selective automatic fire mode. The military initially hadthe selector switch to operate the M14 in full auto but eventually had it removed to a functionless knob since most of the soldiers were habitually leaving the selector to auto under all conditions. The M14 was infamous for not being very controllable in the auto mode and hence it was decided to drop the switch after a while. Thus, this is the reason why almost 90% of the M14s out there are forcibly semi auto with no option to switch.

The other big difference between the two weapons is the inflated price tag. The M14 is at least $14,000 dearer than the M1A. The high cost is attributed to the costlier fabrication process and the use of costlier military grade materials while making it. Hence, you need to be cautious and use discretion while handling the M14, especially if it is in the auto mode.