This is a discussion on Part 1 of my scout transformation within the The M14 forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; This certainly isn't a build thread, but I wanted to show off some progress on my M1A Scout. It started as this:
And now I ...
Very nice. In the early 90s I built a Scout On a NM Armscorp receiver with a SA barrel. The rest USGI parts. I took a USGI fiberglass stock and filled the selector switch cutout and also filled the butt section and reshaped it to use a Garand buttplate. Much lighter clean looking setup.
I now have an M1A Standard that I am seriously looking into having a Scout BBl installed on it.
Were you asking about the flash suppressor or the front sight? It has the stock SAI muzzle brake on it because I am in California. Also still has the factory .062 NM front sight. I am looking into getting an SEI USCG muzzle brake in the future though.
Also just finished dying the edges of the sling black so it can go back on the rifle as well. I highly recommend Montana slings for these rifles: http://www.montanagunslings.com/
They have a great sliding feature, no metal hardware to scratch stuff up and are built with high quality leather.
On mine I removed the scope mount, shimmed the gas system, installed a sadlak spring guide, and it wears a USGI handguard and fiberglass stock. It looks more "bush rifle" than scout now.
I like the green paint on yours.
C4, what if any differences did you notice by shimming the gas system and installing the Sadlak spring guide? Just curious if you gained any accuracy from this. My shooting is terrible at this point but in the future I'm sure I will want more out of the rifle.