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Old May 17th, 2017, 09:37 AM   #1
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Yes another todays M1A's Question. Sorry....

Yes I have searched on here as well as other places but I have not found anything of recent. I am thinking of buying an M1A to go with my DSA FAL (earlier model with LMT receiver). It took me a while to find a good in spec FAL. I wanted something with a good strong receiver and good parts. I am looking for the same in an M1A. I don't need a national match just a good old GI model. But as I found while hunting for my FAL there were a lot of quality issues from time to time as far as in spec receivers and parts, fit and finish, and I don't even want to get started on frigging magazines, and so on. I see people complain about the M1A not being as good as an M14 because of the receiver debate and because of them not liking the quality of the parts turned out. I am not in the service but it is hard to get out of the mindset that I need a weapon to go through hell with but I still want that bomb proof quality. I know it is more mental than anything but there it is. I read about the "Golden Age" M1A's and I think I am going to just settle for that especially with Springfield's stupid political decision on the Illinois Gun law that just past. I figure if I buy an older one I get the gun but they do not get my money. I had fun in the service with M14's here and there but this will be my first M1A. I also plan on getting the rest of the Battle rifles (next is a G3 type).

I know you guys answer stuff like this all the time as I do on Ar15 and Glock stuff on other forums but hey it is what it is. I thank you guys. And I will continue to use the search function as best I can.

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Old May 17th, 2017, 12:04 PM   #2
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What exactly is the question?

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Old May 17th, 2017, 12:14 PM   #3
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With the current production methods and parts used in the M1A out of the factory how well do they compare in durability, accuracy, and reliability to the older manufactured M1A's like the "golden Age" or even those made a few years ago? As time progresses away from the era of battle rifles do the battle rifle designs suffer??

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Old May 17th, 2017, 12:22 PM   #5
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LOL Thanks Wasted Ammo. I have been on here for years but usually just enjoy the reading. I am actively shopping for my first M1A now. You guys gave me a lot of info over the past few years.

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I think he's asking if what he should search for in an older "golden age" M1A to get started on because of both modern inconsistent quality and the current SAI political optics (not buying a new one means SAI doesn't get his money), but he went through a gravity assist slingshot around the sun, 3 orbits around Mars, and splash landed to say it.

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golden era m1a's should be all usgi parts. early post ban m1a's are good to as they were full of usgi parts. (some say post ban were even better then golden era see kurtc for more info there)


I wouldn't buy any m1a with out seeing the condition of all the parts barrel for chrome peeling tab on the op rod bolt face for erosion and the spline on the trigger group. yeah i'm anal but i don't like to pay top dollar for something i don't get to inspect.

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Sir, if you are going after an SAI. 5 line Golden Age SAI. I can't see you settling at all, in fact I believe with that you set the bar pretty high.

I want one and will have one, the receivers were built by Connecticut Valley Arms and were some of the best made. They are a good investment and if bought right, will only gain in value. In other words you won't lose a dime. Keep it shoot it and if you want sell it, worry free.

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I have found the best M1A's to be in the 65k to 120k serial number range. Excellent quality and high USGI parts content. That being said, you still need to examine each rifle on an individual basis. They didn't have USGI parts available for every rifle.

The pre and post ban moniker was just legalese. It doesn't mean a thing to Springfield Armory or the M1A, other than shaving off the bayonet lug.

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If you are not in a hurry, there are still good deals out there on a 5-line SAI. But, you do need to know how USGI parts are marked and gauged. Just like the FAL, you need to know your parts.

As Polack said, Bula is the current USGI manufacturer and makes a very good hammer-forged receiver (as well as other parts). So if quality is more important than cost, that would be my recommendation. If you are going to have only one, go with an 18-19.5" barrel.

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You are correct Walt. An unfortunate byproduct of me spending too much time working on College BS everyday. They want everything so fluffy now a days. My apologies.

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I understand his question......... Here is your answer:

http://www.lrbarms.com/

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Go to the classifieds and scroll down to group buy, I think there are a couple left. That is the best bang for your buck for an all around rifle.

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You are correct Walt. An unfortunate byproduct of me spending too much time working on College BS everyday. They want everything so fluffy now a days. My apologies.
It's all good. I'm a product of a BA / MA liberal arts degree process --- I've been told in the past posts on some forums are "epic" in length, and emails at work too "Shakespearean" in breadth and scope for the IT industry... for me words are art, I say use them!

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