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Old December 15, 2018, 13:32   #1
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what is a pre 1980 M1a worth?

I bought it in 1980 with the E-2 WOOD pistol grip stock. I have that stock for it. it is ser #016xxx. I have the bayonet for it. It does have the flash hider with the "evil" bayonet lug.
The sights were upgraded to target sights, that is a hooded rear sight that adusts to 1/2 MOA and the front blade is narrower.
I don't know if I will be able to shoot this anymore due to health issues.
I have about 8 GI mags with it and also have the "stabilizer" that slips over the flash suppressor and attaches to the bayonet lug.
I have a GI stock and the mentioned E-2 pistol grip stock.
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Old December 15, 2018, 13:59   #2
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I would say 2k maybe more or so

The E2 stocks add a bit and being a earlier gun will help ..Though from looking I dont think it falls into the so called golden era or guns ie loaded with GI parts ..Could be wrong
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Old December 15, 2018, 14:23   #3
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Bedded stock will increase value slightly as well. If SAI can document builder maybe some dollars in that as well. Glen Nelson was active during that time but I believe only built NM and SM models
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Old December 15, 2018, 14:59   #4
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+1 for $2k “ish.” They are very cool vintage rifles just not exceedingly rare.
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Old December 15, 2018, 19:27   #5
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I disagree, $12-14 hundo, without NM barrel, op rod, sights it's just a M1A,
all GI parts 1-2 hundred more tops.
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Old December 15, 2018, 21:14   #6
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I'd sell the E2 stock seperately on ebay or gunbroker.

An all USGI M1A in a GI stock should go for about $1500 if you find the right buyer - the current M1A being sold is no where near as good.
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Old December 16, 2018, 10:00   #7
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I'd sell the E2 stock seperately on ebay or gunbroker.

An all USGI M1A in a GI stock should go for about $1500 if you find the right buyer - the current M1A being sold is no where near as good.
Does the E-2 stock have all the hardware on it, original or repo? Thank you.
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Old December 16, 2018, 11:10   #8
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what you have should be worth $2200
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Old December 16, 2018, 13:00   #9
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what you have should be worth $2200
Depends on where the buyers are, $1600-1800 around here.
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Old December 20, 2018, 16:38   #10
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E-2 stock walnut or birch?

Mags original USGI?

Bayonet GI or repo?

Barrel original chrome lined. Also what weight is the barrel?

Original E-2 stocks bring between $450-700 alone. GI Bayonet another $75-90

E2 stabilizer $45

If GI mags figure between $45-55 each.

All original GI parts adds another $1,000

Rifle as it sits could and would bring around $2,500 around here in middle Tennessee.
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Old December 27, 2018, 00:52   #11
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I paid $125 for a birch E 2 stock 2 years ago approx.
Quite a few out there at gun shows so not a super rare piece.
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I paid $125 for a birch E 2 stock 2 years ago approx.
Quite a few out there at gun shows so not a super rare piece.
$125 for an all original M2 stock with all original metal??
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Old January 02, 2019, 11:15   #13
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No I had to source the metal parts and finish the stock.
It was a GI stock just never issued.
I found all the metal minus the forward verticle hand grip and never found one before I sold the rifle.
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Old January 02, 2019, 11:37   #14
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Does the E-2 stock have all the hardware on it, original or repo? Thank you.
it has all the metal. no DINGS on the wood. it has the sling and forward grip with the locking trigger latch on it. It is like as "new" from 1980.
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Old January 02, 2019, 18:15   #15
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M1a's aren't selling for what they were a couple years ago, even the earlier all USGI parts rifles. Market is stagnant for them and garands both
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Old January 02, 2019, 18:49   #16
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I just bought an all GI parts Federal Ordinance M14 last week and very happy with it.
1987 date pretty sure going by the 4 digit serial number.
Got it at a great price too so yeah there are deals out there you just have to look.

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Old January 24, 2019, 02:27   #17
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Those old Fed Ord rifles were pretty nice. The one I had was a good shooter.
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Old January 25, 2019, 08:16   #18
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Value of any pre-1980 M1A is somewhat influenced by exactly when it was made. I bought my first M1A in 1973 - it was made by the then Springfield Armory in Devine Texas. I agree that those Devine rifles command a high premium. Somewhere between 1973 and 1980 Springfield Armory changed owners and was moved to Illinois. As said earlier, a pre-1980 rifle that was made on a cast receiver is no more valuable than others - with real value dependent on number of US GI parts used in manufacture.
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