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Old December 26, 2019, 13:00   #1
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My Oldest M1A Is 40 This Week

In JUNE of 1979, I ordered, paid-in-full, (3) M1As from Springfield Armory of Genseo, IL: (1) "Standard", (1) N.M., and (1) "Super Match. You computer geeks with the "dot-com", "instant NOW" drive-through mentality note: the first one came in on the 14th of December, the Super Match on the 21st and the N.M. in MARCH of 1980.

The standard was so funky I wouldn't give it to a communist or goat-raper. The rails inside the heel were un-parallel, wavy in appearance, as if it came out the mould too early, maybe too soft, (?) the op-rod would not stay in and hopped out of its rails nearly every time you pulled it to the rear, it had a Garand rear sight, the stock, although "new" aftermarket was gobbed all to hell in the butt area and under the receiver with the rear swivels from other rifles/stocks banging it up as they threw them around in Geneseo. To make it a total P.O.S, it grouped worse than my HK 91, with USGI LC ammo. Pathetic.

The Super Match came in on the 21st, and I still have it. Years ago I sent it to Jon Tank to install it in a MacMillan A2 stock using one of his Fort Devin liners. It came glass-bedded allegedly by Glen Nelson and has heavy Douglas barrel in 1 in 10". The op-rod guide was slightly canted and I had to have it removed and a new one correctly installed to allow the op-rod to travel freely to the rear without binding.

So it is 40 YEARS OLD this week.

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Old December 26, 2019, 13:21   #2
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I knew a sergeant that was AMTU , he had a team issue M14 that had a lug welded to the back of the receiver that had a drilled and tap'd hole in the lug where a screw came up from the stock , right under where the back of the trigger housing relief cut was, this screw applied a constant tension to the receiver stock fit and took the pressure off the trigger housing for stock clamp pressure, the stock he had was a McMillian fiberglass that was custom fitted to his length of pull....The stock was glass bedded and so was an aluminum bushing for the aforementioned set screw....When they transitioned to the AR he told me he wasn't happy.

The selector shaft was welded solid and the rifle had a heavy stainless barrel....Too bad these are not sold on the civilian market.

If i were ever to buy or build a M14 i would want this type of enhanced, accurized receiver to start with.

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Old December 26, 2019, 14:28   #3
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My oldest AR 15 purchased new in box turns forty in two years and oldest M1a purchased new in box turns forty in four years. Have older but I didn't buy them new in the box myself but from their original owners.
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Old December 27, 2019, 19:35   #4
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I bought a Supermatch used during the summer of 1978, and shot it intensively for 4 summers, then switched to the M1, and eventually to the AR. I only very occasionally shot the M1A, and usually only at short range because wear in the throat caused it to throw fliers at 600.

I had it rebuilt in early 2018 with a new Krieger barrel and new bedding. In the summer of '18, I took it back to Camp Perry for the M1A match, and came in 95th of 353. My offhand was awful, but the other stages I shot decently.
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Old December 27, 2019, 20:20   #5
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My super match was initially built as a plain Match rifle in 1979. Was turned over to Frank Smith and Gene Barnett when they were running the National Guard MTU for building. It came back to me for Christmas of 79.

It was later bedded into a Walnut M1a2 stock and I am still shooting it.
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Old December 29, 2019, 05:49   #6
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This one is 1963 vintage. Just finished a build with 1-10 Kreiger Heavy SS and mostly TRW parts.

TRW finished heel with USMC sight cover..jpgTRW stock 98.jpg
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Old December 29, 2019, 06:45   #7
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Very nice to see and read about these outstanding rifles!
Clint Fowler built this for me in 2003, I shot it in Service Rifle for years.
I can feel that it wants to escape the safe and visit the range soon.

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Awesome. Gotta love them Kreigers.

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