This is a discussion on '83 vintage M1A question within the The M14 forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; So I picked up a 9/83 made Springfield armory inc. receiver.
Never built. SN #026803
Anybody have an idea of how they would have built ...
Receiver from then should be good to go unless it's one with that shelf at the woodline that has to be milled off or the stock modified for it. It doesn't hurt to polish the friction and bedding surfaces. All USGI other than the receiver (and barrel, at your choice) would be consistent with 9/83.
It will have the shelve on the receiver bottom,easy fix either mill it off or inlet the stock,these receivers were not the best as far as SAI receivers go,the best came when all final design changes and maching was at its best starting around the 42K range.
M1A rifle made during that time frame were assembled with any variety of parts, GI and commercial. If it does have the protruding rail along the bottom right side behind the receiver leg it will require the stock to be modified so the receiver fits flush at the rear. Some M1A rifles of this period were built with all GI parts as collectors models.All barrels were marked Geneseo, Ill. Commercial stocks were made by Bishop at that time.
Kind of what I was thinking, not concerned with the Geneseo markings, I'm just looking for period correct,
I Have an SAK NM barrel and all other H&R parts so it should be fine.
I seem to recall reading somewhere that the big influx of USGI imported parts came in around 40xxx, but I suppose there would have been enough still around.
on the Geneseo markings,
I have an 89xxx and a 168xxx that have them,
the 89xxx was sold to me as a "rifle that someone put an H&R bolt in", turned out the guy was thinking it should have been a springfield bolt and didn't know what the markings meant enough to figure out it was an earlier all USGI rifle, $1100.00, I didn't mention it to him,
the other was sold as a bare receiver and sent back for an SAK barrel and all TRW parts, by the original owner, almost as cheap
Last edited by YardDogOne; September 28th, 2012 at 12:58 PM.
So I picked up a 9/83 made Springfield armory inc. receiver.
Never built. SN #026803
Anybody have an idea of how they would have built it back then?
Mixed GI and commercial?
Is the receiver good to go out of the box or would it need some tuning?
In 1983, SA, Inc. was using a mix of USGI and commercial M14/M1A parts to build rifles. The firm has issued many "Collector Edition" rifles through the years but the first one was not issued until 1984, model number MA9101. Yes, the receiver is fine but as always, the builder must check for proper bolt fitment and barrel headspacing.
References: a) SA, Inc. catalog for 1981-83 b) SA, Inc. catalog for 1984-85 c) SA, Inc. Dealer Price List 1983 d) SA, Inc. Dealer Price List 1984.
By Collector Edition do you mean like IDF, and WF? Or something else? Is it a long list? Just wondering and thanks in advance.
The IDF, WF, Camp Perry, etc. models were limited run production items. There were six "Collector Edition" M1A models produced between 1984 and 2006, each with its own catalog number, i.e., MA9101. SA, Inc. has issued at least 140 M1A models (catalog numbers) if you include the Texas era. I have the catalog numbers listed along with a description and years issued for each in a .xls file. That information is also in more recent iterations of the tome aka M14 Rifle History and Development.