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Springfield Armory M1A Loaded, Walnut stock, carbon barrel [MA9222]
by Penn S
Date Added: Monday 26 November, 2012
Everyone needs to own an M1A. Buds had this in stock and I wasnt sure whether or not to buy it. It went out of stock and I was kicking myself for 3 weeks. I got an e-mail when they got more in and I immedietly put one on layaway. Got to my FFL super quick and buds service was top notch as usual. My reccomendation to everyone who buys this is to immedietly swap out the stamped op rod guide for the Sadlak NM guide. It smooths up the action so much and makes it a tad more accurate. Gun was shooting .8-.9 MOA with handloads. Operation is super smooth and hardly has any recoil. I only have around 120 rounds down the pipe but its my new favorite rifle!!
Buy CMI mags for it, they are half the price of the springfields and work incredibly. The M1A feels so natural and balanced. I watched a video by nutnfancy on youtube and he said that the best bang for the buck was the loaded so thats what I set out to get. The trigger is awesome and breaks real clean at aroun 4.5-5 lbs. The NM sights are also a plus becuase you can get a more precise view of the target. The NM sights are not ideal in low light conditions because of the tiny aperture. Scoping is very easy. I put a Sadlak aluminum mount on because I didnt have the cash for the steel one. It is rock solid and easy to instal if you can follow directions and have a bit of patience. The glass I have on it is a Nikon prostaff 4-12 with the nikoplex reticle. Im thinking of swappping it for a Nikon Buckmaster 4-16 becuase of the turrets (and higher magnification).
In short, buy this gun. You will not be dissapointed. I was debating whether to get the M1A or an AR 10 and I am so happy I went with an M1A. It has a certain balance and feel to it that is not matched by the AR platform (sorry eugene!) Is the AR 10 more accurate? Yes. I dont care what handloads you use in an M1A, but a free floated AR 10 will always be CONSISTENTLY more accurate than an M1A. How much is that difference? I dont know. Depends on a ton of factors, but my M1A is consistently a 1-1.5 MOA gun. I have a couple really good days at the range where its .8-.9 but its usually in that 1-1.5 range. Im not a bench rest shooter. I was taught to shoot for "combat accuracy". I do not care if all the rounds form a clover leaf on the target. The M1A will not dissapoint you for combat accuracy. If you want a gun that will put a hole in another hole at 100 yds, then you should probably considered a bolt action.