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Old May 6th, 2015, 11:03 AM   #1
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M1A Scope Mount

I have an Springfield M1A Loaded with walnut stock and I was wonder what a really good scope mount would be. I've seen the steel and aluminum ones on the Springfield website but was wondering if these are good or there might be some better.

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Old May 6th, 2015, 11:16 AM   #2
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Springfield makes a decent rifle but uf you use the search function here, it will tell you what people think about their scope mounts.
There definitely are better choices.

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Old May 6th, 2015, 11:40 AM   #3
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ARMS #18 mount with ARMS #22 rings or a Bassett low picatinny model are the predominate choices .
The ARMS #18 is the absolute lowest mount & with the ARMS #22 rings you can remove the scope by flipping 2 levers and use your open sights without any restrictions and then remount your scope and stay within 1/2 MOA.
Or a Bassett low picatinny you can remove the entire mount rings and scope with just one bolt and remounts them within a 1/2 " MOA. The Bassett is more forgiving for out of spec receivers.
So's you pays your $$$ and make your choices. Both are great systems.
There are lots of other mounts out there, almost all of them will sit higher . I like my scopes to be mounted as low as possible but that decision is yours alone.

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I like Sadlak Steel mounts, I have had them on 2 of my M1As for years. I have tried several of the other brands but settled on these.

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Old May 6th, 2015, 10:14 PM   #5
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My research has me going with the Bassett for ease of on/off. I've done most of my M1A shooting with irons but sammichmaker prefers a scope. The Bassett is a great compromise. If it gets her out shooting more, which means I get out shooting more, how can I not get one?

Your needs may be different, so spend some time with the search box and with all the knowledge here, you can't make a bad decision.

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Word search scope mounts. Tons of info. Bassett. Nuff said.

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Old May 7th, 2015, 08:09 AM   #7
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I like Sadlak Steel mounts, I have had them on 2 of my M1As for years. I have tried several of the other brands but settled on these.
I like my Sadlak Airborn. If you are going to shoot irons and scoped it may better to have a rifle dedicated to each function.

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I've used a variety over the years;

SAI Gen 1
SAI Gen 3
SAI Gen 4
IDF in both 26mm and 1"
AWC/Griffin Howe
Fulton Armory steel mount (Appears to be a Sadlak clone but it's A-OK)

The Bassett mount is great and the IDF mounts work well too.

I like the IDF mounts because they are all steel, single point, have a ratcheting knob that doesn't shoot loose, and the rings are integral.

What else is there to say about the Bassett mounts....They're top notch.

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I have a sadlak airborne mount. I really like the mount, but two issues I didn't expect. I got a Vortex Viper HS LR 4-16 scope with 50mm Objective Lens. The rings sit high enough to use the iron sights, but the objective lens blocks it. I don't want to sit higher, as I prefer low bore alignment. I considered a Larue QD rings, but those are incompatible with the Sadlak Mount. I prefer a 1 piece QD Ring setup, rather than two separate rings. I don't mind two rings for a permanent mounting solution. I've decided to scrap the iron sight use for now, and will figure out a solution later. Something to consider.

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Bassett, Sadlak, ARMS, CASM. Those would be my obvious choices. I have the Bassett and CASM but will own the Sadlak and the ARMS some day.


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For those who only have one M14 and switch out the scope depending on type of shooting the ARMS 18 or Basset mounts seem like the obvious choice, but if you are lucky enough to have a scope dedicated M14 the real choices are the Brookfield and Sadlak mounts as they are top shelf.

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