Facts About M1A Rifles

June 17, 2009 by  
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The M1A rifle, although very similar to the military’s M14, is a magnificent piece of artillery that is manufactured and sold in Illinois.

M1A rifles are one of the most precise rifles for reaching your target. The scopes have an accuracy that makes it nearly impossible to miss a target. That is why this rifle is commonly used by military and police snipers.


The specifications of the M1A are as follows:

Magazine capacity: The capacity of this M1A rifles magazine is 5 rounds, 10 rounds, and 20 rounds.

The Finish: This rifle’s finish is made of a flat black oxide. This color is made flat so that it does not reflect in any sort of light. A fact that may be particularly handy if a soldier or policeman were trying to remain secluded from view.

Caliber: The caliber of the M1A rifles is .308.

Stock: The stock of this amazing rifle is made of an oil finished walnut.

Safety: The safety is mounted manually in front of the trigger guard.

Barrel: The barrel of the M1A rifle is around 22-23 inches long. If you were to add a flash suppressor it would increase the length to about 25 inches.

Sights: The sights of this rifle are click adjusted rear.

Weight: The weight of this rifle will be dependent on whether or not it is loaded or empty. In general, the weight is around 9 pounds.

Operation: The M1A is operated by gas.

Manufacturer: The Manufacturer is Springfield Inc. in Geneseo, IL.

The M1A is often mistaken for being the M14, but in reality it is the civilian replica. The M14 is a high powered rifle that has been used by the military for many years. The M1A is also used by the military, but it is not exclusive to the military.


Although the M1A rifles are highly accurate, there are many ways in which you can modify the use of the gun in order to make it more precise.

  • Checking for parallel in the rod guide can actually improve your precision and accuracy.

  • Putting padding on the hand guard can improve accuracy.

  • Adjusting the flash suppressor will improve your precision immensely

The accuracy of the M1A rifles has been utilized both by soldiers and by police trainees. It is helpful in target practice and sniper training since it has a precision that can’t be matched.

The M1A used to have a bayonet lug attached to it, but that practice has ceased since the year 1994 when it was passed that there would be no more assault weapons. However, in the year 2004 the ban was removed making it alright to attach the lugs once more.

No matter what your reasons are for acquiring and admiring M1A rifles, there will be no doubt in your mind that it is indeed an amazing piece of machinery. It may not be exactly the same as the M14, but it is a king of weapons in its own right.

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.