This is a discussion on M1A Paratrooper w/ Folding Stock within the The M14 forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; I have a friend that will sell me his Springfield Armory M1A Paratrooper with folding stock, and he also has a Squad stock he is ...
I have a friend that will sell me his Springfield Armory M1A Paratrooper with folding stock, and he also has a Squad stock he is throwing in with it. He says it is 1 of 250, which is something I wanted to see if someone could confirm for me. When I do a search I find one that comes up with a polymer looking stock, but I think it was called a Bush Rifle. This Paratrooper model is also unfired, and he says it is worth a lot more than what he wants. Can anyone give me a little help with the value and any other info on it please? I will go get a pic tonight sometime and post it on here. Thanks a bunch!
Springfield used both wood and plastic stocks for their "Bush" rifle. The wood stocks were earliest and made by Reese Surplus using BM59 hardware and wood from Bishop stocks. The synthetic folders were made by Choate Gun Stocks.
I don't know how many they made, but the number was somewhat limited. I had one not long ago in it's original box and the box was marked "SPECIAL".
They also sold the stocks seperately for about $129 back in the 80's.
Post us a picture. I saw a bush that came with the Reese BM59 stock from SAI go for $2800.00 last month on gunbroker,it was fired. The earliest model bush had a real short open ended flash suppressor on it.
Here's a picture from 1982
I have a friend that will sell me his Springfield Armory M1A Paratrooper with folding stock, and he also has a Squad stock he is throwing in with it. He says it is 1 of 250, which is something I wanted to see if someone could confirm for me.
Call Springfield and give them the serial number.
They should have a record of the rifle's original configuration.
Man I still haven't gotten a pic, as it has been a hectic weekend, but it is the other folder that Choate helped out with. The rifle looks like it was made yesterday, and so do both of the stocks, which sort of scares me, but I will have the serial # later tonight and maybe that will clear up some stuff. Both stocks have a rough texture to them, and look really nice. It has a flash suppressor with 3 holes on each side about 3/16-1/4" in diameter. It is also in the box with all paperwork. So if this is one that was made in the 80's is it the one called the "Bush Rifle?" I appreciate all the help, and as soon as I get the serial # I will post it and call Springfield tomorrow. I will get a pic up asap, as I could really use all the help I can get on this =). I'm just not familiar enough with these rifles. Thanks!
Oh, he said he had already called Springfield Armory Inc. and gave them the serial and told them it was still unfired in box w/ papers and they said they hadn't heard or seen of an unfired one in a very long time. Hopefully they say the same thing to me when I call =).
No sir it's got the Choate black stock. And someone mentioned an open ended flash suppressor-it has that on it. Like a smaller version of a Noveske Hog's Breath flash suppressor but not as big in diameter. I am fixing to call them and I will post what they say. Thank you all a bunch.
AFAIK SAI did not advertize any of their M1A rifles as "Paratrooper" models. The only reference I have seen from SAI called their folding stocked rifles Bush Rifles. That isn't to say there were no references to paratrooper type use.
Some of these stocks (the BM59 type) were actually used by the Navy Seals on real M14's at one time.
I called Springfield and it did leave the factory with the folding Choate stock in November of 1993. I too don't know where he got the "Paratrooper" thing, and I still haven't seen any 1 of 250 ANYWHERE. I think it's a low number, but not that low. He is wanting my RPB Industries M-10 (most call them Mac-10's) open bolt semi auto .45, and about $800 worth of other stuff. I found where one had sold identical to it unfired in box too for $1699, but it didn't have the extra stock, so a little under $2000 is probably fair. BUT, I can also get a Springfield M-21 model SA9131 with the Kreiger barrel and adjustable stock even cheaper than this one but it is in about 98% and been fired and it's cash only. So far I am leaning towards it, as it looks like they are right around $3,000 new. I'm not sure...I appreciate all the help guys.