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SAI M1A Scout vs. LRB M14SA/M25?

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Old January 30th, 2012, 04:18 PM   #1
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SAI M1A Scout vs. LRB M14SA/M25?

Is the LRB Arms M14SA/M25 "Tanker" really worth $1,000 more then a Springfield M1A Scout and, if you know so, why?

SAI offers Lifetime (of SAI) Warrenty vs. LRB Arms offers one year Warrenty.

I'm on the wait list for M25 that I'd like to set up as my "goto" rifle, including as the CQB self-defense longarm, but my local gun shop guy asked me why I want to wait and pay a grand more. I don't plan to ever sell it and hope our son will use it, one day...many decades from now, to hunt with when I'm no longer able to.

$1000's substantial cash for me, but I also want to get it "right" the first time, as I don't want to have to convince my good wife why I need to buy another expensive and luxurious rifle.

p.s. We have all the rifles we need, i've just always wanted a M14 variant.





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Old January 30th, 2012, 04:42 PM   #2
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Your asking a deadly question here but since I'm an LRB fan and have 2 of them and soon to be 3 the answer is yes! I've owned 5 SAI Rifles and yes they are nice but LRB is in a tier by itself. Imagine owning a Buick and one day you buy a Mercedes Benz!!!! It's that simple and every time you rack the op rod or fire a round there is a certain ping of Forged Steel which reminds you of the extra $1000 you spent and the worry free reason you spent it!!!!!!!



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Old January 30th, 2012, 05:29 PM   #3
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Your asking a deadly question here but since I'm an LRB fan and have 2 of them and soon to be 3 the answer is yes! I've owned 5 SAI Rifles and yes they are nice but LRB is in a tier by itself. Imagine owning a Buick and one day you buy a Mercedes Benz!!!! It's that simple and every time you rack the op rod or fire a round there is a certain ping of Forged Steel which reminds you of the extra $1000 you spent and the worry free reason you spent it!!!!!!!



How and what did you use to install that scout style mount and scope (an Aimpoint scope?) on your cool looking LRB (I assume) rifle?

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Old January 30th, 2012, 05:47 PM   #4
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Better quality all around would be worth $1000 to me. However getting a rifle and not having to use the warranty is priceless.

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Old January 30th, 2012, 06:15 PM   #5
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I have 1 SAI and 7 LRBs . Just ordered another LRB today. Not even in the ball park.
SAI = Hugo LRB = Mustang Cobra and made is USA.
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Old January 30th, 2012, 06:30 PM   #6
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Let me predict the future here...

Most of the members will say yes....

hammonje and geek will say no...

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Old January 30th, 2012, 06:46 PM   #7
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I'm new to the M14 platform (becoming rather obsessed to be honest) so I can't give an honest opinion, but by no means am I new to firearms.
It's my experience that with most products, especially guns, that if a particular product costs that much more than a similar product, and the company producing the higher priced item is still in business, then their product is worth it! I've wasted too much money from settling for less while wanting more. Buy once and cry once! One LRB that you know want is cheaper than multiple SAI's that you'll settle for but always wish was more.

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I have had my SAI STD since 2007 and not one hicup and I recently sent it back to have it converted to a Scout Squad for $400 which included a repark, I initally paid $1000 for it so for a total of $1425 I have a brand new rifle, maybe I have had just good luck with SA

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Old January 30th, 2012, 07:04 PM   #9
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The true answer is what can you do with your rifle?

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Old January 30th, 2012, 07:04 PM   #10
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nfe1 has caught up to me. I am in the same boat, 1SAI M21 and 7 soon to be building another LRB. With LRB you have the option to get all GI parts and a rifle that will not have to go back for warranty work like noexpert said. I have built all mine and each one went together without a hitch. not that I am bashing but I had to send my M21 back twice so far. Since it has been back in my hands it is a closet queen. It has a new barrel and bolt after 700 rounds. other have been just as lucky with there SAI and never had a hiccup and they may never have one. LRB is not a status thing to me, I have spent many hours talking to the owner about what goes into building there receivers. If you only knew! Lou is a hands on owner. I doubt that there is not one receiver out there in our hands that has not passed through his a couple of times each. If I had to do it all over again, and had I know LRB was only a 40 minute drive from my house, I would have passed on the SAI and taken a ride over to the shop. No regrets, the m21 has the same heavy krieger barrel as all the other rifles and shoots great. Go with your gut.

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Old January 30th, 2012, 07:20 PM   #11
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I don't own an LRB, but there's just something about hammer forged. That alone drove me to get a hammer forged receiver for my build.

If those are your two options, I would go LRB. Unless for some reason that extra cash absolutely stood in the way of getting an M14 period.

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Old January 30th, 2012, 07:28 PM   #12
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This is like comparing apples and oranges...
The M1A is OK, but the LRB is miles ahead in quality. The M25 is outstanding if optics are to be used.

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Old January 30th, 2012, 08:22 PM   #13
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Don't get blinded by the words "lifetime warranty" because if you think about it why would you need a warranty that long if the product is correctly made and with quality materials. If something breaks of a true manufacturing defect it will more than likely happen within a year under normal conditions but if it breaks down after that (under normal conditions) then it is because more than likely from lower quality parts and/or poor fitting.

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Most of the weapons in my inventory have no warranties...

and had none when I acquired them

a lot of them are greater than 50 years old

what they do have is excellent historical track records...

I prefer the excellent rack record

over a great break-fix strategy

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Old November 27th, 2012, 08:57 PM   #15
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Guns are tools, tools of which "protecting our lives" may be the job at hand. An like with most other tools..ya get what ya pay for. I prefer to get the highest of quality gun that will be the same gun when im an old man, an that I will pass on to my children's children. You won't remember that $1000 30 years from now, but you will still have the same high quality gun an the peace of mind. Go LRB!

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