This is a discussion on Full Auto Devine M1A? within the Devine M1A forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; I am looking at a full auto M1A. the serial number is 0018xx. the receiver is marked U.S. Rifle / 7.62-mm M1A/ Springfield/ Armory and ...
I am looking at a full auto M1A. the serial number is 0018xx. the receiver is marked U.S. Rifle / 7.62-mm M1A/ Springfield/ Armory and then a Zero with a T inside and then the Serial Number. the form 4 shows the manufacturer as Springfield Arms, Devine Texas.
Most of what I have read has referred to semi auto Devine M1A's. were there factory full auto's or might this be a conversion?
This subject surfaced during a conversation Tim Strait had some 12 yrs. back with Mr. Balance himself here in Texas. Directly below is a cut from that conversation with the link referenced below it. Too bad Mr. Balance didn't keep the Rifle and his legal rights to manufacture it. I know he had men working for him.. competent machinists:
"The M1A became eligible for use in NRA High Power shooting matches on January 01, 1974 (Stevens). The NRA modified Rule 3.1.1 in the High Power Rifle Rule Book “to include commercially manufactured rifles having the same configuration as the M14 rifle” (Stevens). Mr. Balance states that a total of 4620 receivers were manufactured before selling the company in November, 1974 (Tim Strait’s discussion with Mr. Balance in the fall of 2003 and Duff). These receivers were investment cast of AISI 8620 alloy steel by Valley Ordnance, Inc. in Wilkes-Barre, PA (March, 1974 American Rifleman). Mr. Balance also states that he never made or converted any M1A or M14 type rifles to select fire (Tim Strait’s discussion with Mr. Balance on October 25, 2003)."
Warbird is taking on faith the word of someone who was a guest of the Federal Govt for a few years as a result of selective fire M14's. This time off was the reason why Springfield Armory ended up in the hands of the Reese's.
It is an interesting question. I didn't know the answer, so I went to Lee Emerson's M14 Rifle History and Development, Fifth Edition, Volume 2. Different writes:
"A number of Springfield Armory, Inc. M1A rifles made by the Texas company have been identified as NFA registered select fire conversion models such as serial numbers 000908, 001691 and 002860. As early as May 1974, Class 2 FFL/SOT Fred L. Rexer, Jr. (Houston, TX) was converting M1A rifles to select fire capability. He offered his conversions in a standard M14 wood stock for $365.00 or dressed in a M14E2 stock for $415.00. The Rexer conversions are denoted by the letters FAKTS on the left sid e of the receiver. M1A serial number 001691 is one of the FAKTS conversions. At least one Texas M1A was converted by Federal Firearms Licensee Stan Andrewski. In early 1975, Class 2 FFL/SOT Rich Davis (Salem, VA) sold select fire conversions of the Springfield Armory Inc. M1A for $550.00. Central Kentucky Arms (Cynthania, KY) converted M1A serial number 003205 to select fire."
Different, again, thank you so much for your past and continues research on the M14/M1A. Your writings are a great resource.
I think some have forgotten 000916 which was up for sale on Gunbroker. Fortunately I had saved the pictures. It's definitely been reparked and it's impossible to tell if it was a conversion or originally made this way but for those who know what to look for, it is definitely a selective fire.
I am the owner of the Devine, TX M1A select fire M1A in question. When I first bought it it was unfired by the original owner and was told it was an original Devine, TX select fire M1A. Since then I have put less than 200 rounds thru it. If you ail note the third leg is no tigg welded on as I have seen in other M1A conversions but looks like it was machined with the rest of the receiver. Other than the markings on the receiver as shown in the OP's original post there are no other markings on the receiver. The parkerizing on the receiver is the same color as the rest of the rifle. The OP has been supplied with many photos of the rifle. He is welcome to inspect the rifle at any time that mutually convenient to both of us as he lives < 100 miles from me. I thought i'd attach some photos of the receiver. Any insight and additional comments would be appreciated.