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B Wood
September 27, 2015, 05:33
While I was on my sabbatical from the FAL Files, picked up a couple of M1A's. Picked up a M1A Standard with a Winchester barrel and a M1A Socom 16.

Which is your favorite M1A? Love the SOCOM due to the size, but have not shot her yet...I am sure she will clear the benches to either side when I do. ;)

W.E.G.
September 27, 2015, 06:39
Blasty muzzle device.

No Bueno.

B Wood
September 27, 2015, 07:04
Blasty muzzle device.

No Bueno.

I couldn't resist the SOCOM 16. Bought her for $1000. Looking at the bolt, I think she only had a box or two of rounds through her.

HD-Ghost
September 27, 2015, 07:40
Good deal on your SOCOM; definitely my go-to rifle. Have a Reese folder on it; makes it very portable.

douglas
September 27, 2015, 10:07
My favorite would have to be my one and only M1A1 Standard. Built by Springfield with an H/R barrel. It was dropped into a Fred's GI presention fiberglass tan colored stock with a green web sling. It has a lot of commerical parts and the bayonut lug has been neuetered, but it is all mine so it is my favorite.
Now that Paco guy has a really nice one..the Winchester with the fun switch! One can only dream.
An 18" Scout model would be nice to play with.

Stoned_Oli
September 27, 2015, 11:02
An 18" Scout model would be nice to play with.

My BIL has TWO of the Scouts... one of them NIB. I've been trying to work a trade on one for a couple of years... He wants to sell one to buy a scope mount and optic for the other one.

ray55classic
September 27, 2015, 11:58
Of my 2 M1A's , my 1991 Springfield SportMaster M1A That I bought new way back then. Built only in 1991 It's one of 279 made . She came with a Winchester barrel, TRW bolt and trigger group and a H&R op rod. The only thing not USGI is the receiver and stock .She's gone thru a few upgrades, sadlak oprod spring guide ,Tubbs spring set, .042 front site , nat match rears, shimmed gas system, ARMS #18 mount, ARMS #22 QD rings ,4x16x50 Bausch & Lomb Elite 4000 , trigger job, trigger shoe. etc..
The stock is the original Fajen hi comb grey/green laminated it came with and what really sets the SportMasters apart, that and the unique heel stamp and serial numbers.

Impala_Guy
September 27, 2015, 12:53
I like the look of a wood stocked Vietnam Era M14 and all of mine have that (including an Armscorp I am planning to sell). The only changes I made to my shooter (pre ban m1a) were a reamed and reparked GI flash hider, and I pad bedded the GI walnut stock with epoxy.

hagar
September 27, 2015, 13:42
The NM version with stainless barrel and fully bedded stock. Unfortunately I cannot see the sight swell enough any more, even with a lens, but I did shoot some good scores with it when I still could. Just put a scope on it with a Basset mount, hope to try it out soon.

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/v/t1.0-9/45388_1521415271325_3798375_n.jpg?oh=5c69349a964bc 5198193ac9b2ab012dd&oe=56A0C5F9

ByronF
September 27, 2015, 14:43
I like a standard contour barrel with slim USGI walnut stock. Thick stocks detract significantly from look and feel, and for a battle rifle the thick farm girl stocks add little.

spider991
September 27, 2015, 18:43
I like the squad scout....best of both worlds. And I like the thinner stocks like someone else said...like the plastic (blasphemy I know)

paco
September 28, 2015, 00:31
I never spotted an M1A1 in Belgium for sale, even more rare as the M14's...
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a254/joeplf/m14/DSCN1772_zpse6dgvwfc.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/user/joeplf/media/m14/DSCN1772_zpse6dgvwfc.jpg.html)
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a254/joeplf/m14/IMG_1407_zpsj1pgc822.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/user/joeplf/media/m14/IMG_1407_zpsj1pgc822.jpg.html)
Most M14 are modified to semi. Some still have the funswitch on but they are more expensive, like 2500$ or so.
Still need to go to the range to give here a ride.
Paco

Freebooter
September 28, 2015, 02:04
USGI M-14 was the first rifle Uncle Sugar put in my hands - back in high school ROTC. I guess can say that makes it my first love.

I built an M-1A from a USGI parts kit almost 30 years ago. Long gone now.

Currently I have the SOCOM-16 which fills the gap somewhat.

Seaweed
September 28, 2015, 18:03
I have 5 LRBs, including a beauty put together by Ted Brown, with a McMillen stock and Barnett heavy barrel. But my favorite is in a USGI stock with a Fulton receiver and SAK NM barrel- it is a really fun to shoot tack driver.

Jarhead504
September 28, 2015, 18:58
My favorite duty M14 clone is an Entreprise receiver number 525 (IIRC) with a Maremount medium-weight barrel, all USGI except for a Brookfield Precision op-rod spring guide, entire rifle except for the springs cryogenically treated, W. Birdsong finish in green and black, Smith Enterprise "Coast Guard' flash suppressor (mounted before Ron called it the "Coast Guard" version). Shoots better than I can. I have a SADLAK mount on it, but it needs rings and glass. Fired around 2k rounds.

My all time favorite is an early. 1980 Springfield Armory of Geneseo 12xxx ( I can't remember all the rest of them for now) that started out as a NM, but heavily massaged and modified with a Maremount medium weight barrel, all USGI parts, front band tig-welded to the gas cylinder, NM commercial sights ,Brookfield Precision op-rod spring-guide and gas piston, entire rifle except for the springs cyrogenically treated, finished by W.Birdsong in "Black As Hillary Klinton's Heart" black, all moving parts polished with extra-fine Cloverleaf valve grinding compound followed with Semichrome before it was finished by Birdsong, NM mods to the flash suppressor, trigger, hammer, handguard and gas system, McMillan A3 stock with "sniper fill" (graphite) added, with Fort Devin routing, adjustable cheek-piece, swivels, Ft. Devin liner installed by Mitch Makita (spelling?) and SSGT. Tom Knapp (spelling?),
and sports a Brookfield Precision scopemount ( also refinished by Birdsong) but awaits rings and glass. Fired about 5K rounds.

Before the BP scopemount and the stock, cryo-treatment and Birdsong finish, it had a very early Leatherwood mount with a Redfiled 3 x 9 Accutrac that shot amazingly well. The first NM mods were reputed by Springfield to have been done by Glenn Nelson back in the early '80's, but I do not have verification about this, only S.A.,Inc's word for it. It has a nearly identical sister with a billet cut machined receiver by Ron Smith and completed by Jon Tank and another NM sister with a FT Devin routed Mcmillan A3 stock, mods and finish, but has only demonstrated its amazing accuracy with around 300 rounds.

If I wasn't computer illiterate, I'd send pics. I need to get fellow FALaholic Little Matt to come over and post pics for me.

Jarhead, Certified Member of the M-14 Cult

ArtBanks
September 30, 2015, 06:10
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ArtBanks
September 30, 2015, 06:12
I have a bunch of M14 type rifles, but only 1 M1A. That would be the Socom II in the lower part of photo #1. #2 are my scoped M25s and M21s. #3 is my current project, 2 Bula XM21s ser#3 and #4. I love them all. Maybe not so much the SAI Socom II, but it is part of the family.

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x413/nf1e/IMG_0105_zpsgopvtkmc.jpg (http://s1180.photobucket.com/user/nf1e/media/IMG_0105_zpsgopvtkmc.jpg.html)

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x413/nf1e/IMG_0102_zpspl3sc2ss.jpg (http://s1180.photobucket.com/user/nf1e/media/IMG_0102_zpspl3sc2ss.jpg.html)

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x413/nf1e/IMG_0177_zpsynssgo5s.jpg (http://s1180.photobucket.com/user/nf1e/media/IMG_0177_zpsynssgo5s.jpg.html)

Semper Fi
Art

Mark IV
September 30, 2015, 06:37
I had two Supermatches, one bone stock, and the other an all TRW built by Glenn Nelson, both heavy barrel. They could both shoot the hair off a fly's a$$ at 100 yds.

Yet, I had an 80's vintage Springfield Armory standard M1a that shot as well as the Supermatches and was a hell of a lot lighter. Wish to God I still had that one.

W.E.G.
September 30, 2015, 07:48
Its hardly my "favorite" gun to shoot, but it sure will do its part when I do mine.

I take it out when I feel like eating a slice of humble pie.
Almost never can put together a "master" score across-the-course with it.

I did blow-up slow-prone with though at last month's match.
All 10's and X's, except one 8 I shouldered out to the left.

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/rifle%20pics/M1A/M1-Asmaller.jpg

MasterChief
September 30, 2015, 08:05
M1A Bush Rifle circa 1989. SEI muzzle brake, Fulton laminated stock and handguard. One meter of whoopass.

http://www.fototime.com/AABC81A29C28A4C/standard.jpg

GIshooter
September 30, 2015, 09:10
Two LRBs put together by me with new or like new USGI parts. Also did the NM modifications except the barrels. I wanted the extra barrel life with the chrome lining. Besides, the SAK barrels shoot better than I can hold inside of 500.

Jarhead504
September 30, 2015, 18:24
I have a bunch of M14 type rifles, but only 1 M1A. That would be the Socom II in the lower part of photo #1. #2 are my scoped M25s and M21s. #3 is my current project, 2 Bula XM21s ser#3 and #4. I love them all. Maybe not so much the SAI Socom II, but it is part of the family.


Art

That is one righteous M-14 clone family you got there brother. Keep up the good work.

Jarhead

JeffJ
September 30, 2015, 20:04
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h169/JPhilipJ/M14.jpg


LRB receiver usgi parts, match conditioned by Arrington.

273-4
September 30, 2015, 21:05
http://i402.photobucket.com/albums/pp109/273-4/IMG_2076%202.jpg (http://s402.photobucket.com/user/273-4/media/IMG_2076%202.jpg.html)

My Armscorp and my Israeli

ArtBanks
October 01, 2015, 04:26
That is one righteous M-14 clone family you got there brother. Keep up the good work.

Jarhead

Thanks, after 50 years of messing with these things, I love them all.

Semper Fi
Art

Mark IV
October 02, 2015, 05:35
Hey Art,

Are those real fun switches?

gunplumber
October 02, 2015, 09:39
Standard bush length with scout scope rail and red dot I think is the best overall fighting rifle.

Standard configuration for target shooting. Had SOCOMs, not impressed.

For use with magnified scope, get a different rifle.

ArtBanks
October 02, 2015, 10:14
Hey Art,

Are those real fun switches?

They are all USGI switches but they are only attached to the stock. They are all Sparrowhawk kits made with USGI parts. Thanks for asking. I haven't used a real switch since 1967 in Viet Nam, and that was only for a familiarization class. My issue M-14s over my time in the Marine Corps always had the lockout buttons similar to a current build I did using a Bula receiver with a Winchester heel welded on by James River Armory.

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x413/nf1e/IMG_0150_zpstdzr1yl1.jpg (http://s1180.photobucket.com/user/nf1e/media/IMG_0150_zpstdzr1yl1.jpg.html)

Semper Fi
Art

paco
October 04, 2015, 10:24
I have a bunch of M14 type rifles, but only 1 M1A. That would be the Socom II in the lower part of photo #1. #2 are my scoped M25s and M21s. #3 is my current project, 2 Bula XM21s ser#3 and #4. I love them all. Maybe not so much the SAI Socom II, but it is part of the family.

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x413/nf1e/IMG_0105_zpsgopvtkmc.jpg (http://s1180.photobucket.com/user/nf1e/media/IMG_0105_zpsgopvtkmc.jpg.html)

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x413/nf1e/IMG_0102_zpspl3sc2ss.jpg (http://s1180.photobucket.com/user/nf1e/media/IMG_0102_zpspl3sc2ss.jpg.html)

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x413/nf1e/IMG_0177_zpsynssgo5s.jpg (http://s1180.photobucket.com/user/nf1e/media/IMG_0177_zpsynssgo5s.jpg.html)

Semper Fi
Art

It is hard to impress me with guns but this is a nice collection M14's!
Well done sir!
Paco

ArtBanks
October 04, 2015, 10:39
Thanks Paco. We all need a hobby or two.

Semper Fi
Art

ArtBanks
October 12, 2015, 15:55
Bula Forge and Machine XM21 receivers. No rear sight pocket and no clip guide. These are working out very nicely for my purposes.

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x413/nf1e/IMG_0132_zpshqasdorh.jpg (http://s1180.photobucket.com/user/nf1e/media/IMG_0132_zpshqasdorh.jpg.html)

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x413/nf1e/IMG_0168_zpsl3mnikgl.jpg (http://s1180.photobucket.com/user/nf1e/media/IMG_0168_zpsl3mnikgl.jpg.html)

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x413/nf1e/IMG_0167_zpsh7kcmjdb.jpg (http://s1180.photobucket.com/user/nf1e/media/IMG_0167_zpsh7kcmjdb.jpg.html)
Semper Fi
Art

.30-06
October 13, 2015, 12:34
None. My favorite is the Garand.

rbgonoles
October 13, 2015, 13:36
Only have one. Its a JRA "Rockola" M14. I love it. Still love my Garands more.

http://i1374.photobucket.com/albums/ag403/burker2525/JRAM14%2002214963_zpszla9yxuw.jpg (http://s1374.photobucket.com/user/burker2525/media/JRAM14%2002214963_zpszla9yxuw.jpg.html)

bubbagump
October 13, 2015, 17:46
Standard bush length with scout scope rail and red dot I think is the best overall fighting rifle.

Standard configuration for target shooting. Had SOCOMs, not impressed.

For use with magnified scope, get a different rifle.

Yes. To all of it.

b.

Lee Carpentieri
October 13, 2015, 18:46
I do have one Real Single cut rewelded Transferable Winchester M14A1E2 with the E2 stock,Correct Slip over muzzle brake and correct E2 sling. One M1A Super match in a Experimental carbon Fiber/Kevlar stock from the US Army AMTU center and one single cut TRW rewelded Hahn Tool+ Machine semi-auto M14. Also have all three XM-21 scopes/Mounts for them, Redfield Art with Carry Can,Realist and Leatherwood Art 1 with Carry Fiber Glass Case.

Jarhead504
October 13, 2015, 20:20
and one single cut TRW rewelded Hahn Tool+ Machine semi-auto M14.

I have one of Hahn's TRW welded semi-autos too. Lee, do you know how many Hahn "rewelded"? For a while there used to be several MKS rewelded ones in the area at the gun shows, but I have never another Hahn reweld.

TIA,
Jarhead

Arby
October 14, 2015, 16:53
Is anyone familiar with a builder that rewelded M14s and marked his rewelded receivers: "RGBS", "Bessemer, AL"?

hansellhd
October 15, 2015, 22:35
Only have one. Its a JRA "Rockola" M14. I love it. Still love my Garands more.

http://i1374.photobucket.com/albums/ag403/burker2525/JRAM14%2002214963_zpszla9yxuw.jpg (http://s1374.photobucket.com/user/burker2525/media/JRAM14%2002214963_zpszla9yxuw.jpg.html)

+1

My James River

http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a443/hansellhd/DSCN3237_zpsb9kvvpyx.jpg (http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/hansellhd/media/DSCN3237_zpsb9kvvpyx.jpg.html)
I don't love my Grand more, but I do love my Johnson more. ;)

http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a443/hansellhd/6208775_zpseaf93142.jpg (http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/hansellhd/media/6208775_zpseaf93142.jpg.html)

http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a443/hansellhd/DSCN2440_zps1e3c9136.jpg (http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/hansellhd/media/DSCN2440_zps1e3c9136.jpg.html)

STGThndr
October 16, 2015, 14:13
My favorite is the only M1A Ive owned, bought it new in 1984 thru a dealer in Colorado Springs. The reciever is marked "Springfield Armory" and the rest is TRW. This is one of those that blew up the bolts.. sent it back to SA sometime in the '80s, they fitted a TRW and went over the rifle. I love it, along with my original Mitchell Yugo AK- it is "my Rifle" as no other (besides the Mitchell AK) and I have been known by my rifle. It is an awesome rifle, IMO.
I did the stock over- an original with the cut-out.. Walnut I BELIEVE, by the grain pattern, and it came in good shape. Lightly sanded/smoothed, and applied umpty-dump number of coats of linseed. This was 30(!!) years ago so I forget the details other than to say it came out VERY nice looking and has been a durable finish with minimal care.
Somewhere I picked up a Springfield marked scope mount which screws into a hole in the side of the receiver. I don't have the rifle in front of me but I seem to remember a flaming bomb mark. Don't recall what rings I used. The scope (a 3X9 Burris) and mount can be removed and replaced without playing total heck with the zero.
Also picked up some mags, some of which are still in wrappings, and a couple 5-shotters for hunting. As I age I find the weight a bit heavier than a bolt hunting rifle.
All in all, this would likely be THE rifle I'd keep if the others went away, altho I have been tempted to sell it as part of a "herd thinning" project... Uh-Huh, yeah buddy....
That Johnson rifle is nice looking and Ive heard nothing but good about them, even when compared to the M1 rifle. My only question is, "Who is the father and when is it due?"

MistWolf
October 18, 2015, 01:41
The one I got from my father, many years ago. It's the one he used for Service Rifle matches
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n289/SgtSongDog/Liberty/030.jpg
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n289/SgtSongDog/All%20American/DSC_0158.jpg

bausch
October 19, 2015, 15:06
I do have one Real Single cut rewelded Transferable Winchester M14A1E2 with the E2 stock,Correct Slip over muzzle brake and correct E2 sling. One M1A Super match in a Experimental carbon Fiber/Kevlar stock from the US Army AMTU center and one single cut TRW rewelded Hahn Tool+ Machine semi-auto M14. Also have all three XM-21 scopes/Mounts for them, Redfield Art with Carry Can,Realist and Leatherwood Art 1 with Carry Fiber Glass Case.
The ATF confiscated my two MKS welds and my favorite became a under 300 serial # Devine but then being a serf in The Peoples Republic of N.Y. I had to give it to my son a LEO .At least I can still hold her sometimes

Jarhead504
October 19, 2015, 20:46
The ATF confiscated my two MKS welds and my favorite became a under 300 serial # Devine but then being a serf in The Peoples Republic of N.Y. I had to give it to my son a LEO .At least I can still hold her sometimes

Back in the day I saw a few MKS reworks at different gun shows around here. They looked tastefully done. I met Mike Kelly at The Shot Show when it was here in New Orleans in the '90's. He must be out of jail by now, eh?

Jarhead

NATIONALIST
December 04, 2015, 19:03
While I was on my sabbatical from the FAL Files, picked up a couple of M1A's. Picked up a M1A Standard with a Winchester barrel and a M1A Socom 16.

Which is your favorite M1A? Love the SOCOM due to the size, but have not shot her yet...I am sure she will clear the benches to either side when I do. ;)

the M1A I own !!!

ArtBanks
December 04, 2015, 19:31
http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x413/nf1e/IMG_0118_zpsq1c55fgt.jpg (http://s1180.photobucket.com/user/nf1e/media/IMG_0118_zpsq1c55fgt.jpg.html)

BUFF
December 05, 2015, 04:13
I have a SMITH LTD. M-14 semiauto, basically an investment cast receiver built with NOS TRW parts in a nice wood stock. S/N under 10. Built about 1988-1989. It feels extremely rifle-like. When I got it, new, real USGI magazines were kinda pricey but Dan's Ammo got in a bunch of Taiwanese M-14 mags for a great price, just like the GI mags but blued instead of parked, fine for range and hunting jackrabbits and coyotes. No other rifle I own gives me as much confidence.

Mark IV
December 21, 2015, 10:27
I had two Supermatches, one bone stock, and the other an all TRW built by Glenn Nelson, both heavy barrel. They could both shoot the hair off a fly's a$$ at 100 yds.

Yet, I had an 80's vintage Springfield Armory standard M1a that shot as well as the Supermatches and was a hell of a lot lighter. Wish to God I still had that one.

Found an old pic of my Glenn Nelson. Damn, I miss it.

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/connie82/P9010060_rifle2_overall_zpslkg22cq1.jpg

eyegun
December 21, 2015, 23:38
Here's my favorite. Tim at Warbirds built this for me a couple years ago

http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd74/eyegun/P1010058.jpg (http://s220.photobucket.com/user/eyegun/media/P1010058.jpg.html)

andresere
December 22, 2015, 12:29
This one, cuz it's mine. Armscorp NM rear lug, Boyd's oversize salt and pepper laminate. Bedded and all NM'd out with a Douglas NM heavy barrel. Ron Brown NM sling. Strictly not for carrying. :rofl:
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/andresere/rifles/2011_12230074.jpg (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/andresere/media/rifles/2011_12230074.jpg.html)

SBH
January 05, 2016, 10:38
I like my SA NM, SS barrel. It shoots better than I ever will/can. Mr. Downtown!