This is a discussion on Info on Springfield Armory IDF sniper rifles within the The M14 forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; when did SA market these rifles? I know the receivers are marked differently, but were there any other differences in the rifle? thanks guys...
I heard that SA made IDF rifles for Israel many years ago. Several years ago, IDF became surplus. SA brought them back to the US and re-assemble them into the special version "IDF Sniper Rifles".
The package I got includes:
1) IDF scope mount (used)
2) Nimrod 6X40 scope (used)
3) Harris bipod (installed, new)
4) Fiberglass stock with cheek piece (new)
5) Real IDF carrying case (used, with some Hebru writing, very cool)
6) Two 10-round mags (new, I am in CA)
7) Ugly CA muzzle brake
8) The rifle, of course. (NM bbl, NM062 front sight, GI rear sight, a lot of GI parts...)
After the Six Day war in 1967 there was a French led weapons embargo placed on Israel. Because of this, Israel had to rely on other suppliers (USA) and started their own weapons development. The US sent 35,000 M14's to Israel in 1973 when the Yom Kippur war broke out. After the Yom Kippur war Israel spec'd every one of the M14's, and the 10,000 best ones were converted to the IDF sniper weapon. The remaining were taken down for parts. The M14 was the Israeli SWS through 1997.
After Israel opted for the M24 as their new sniper SA brought the weapons back into the country, slapped on a NM barrel, and a new reciever and sold them to people like sv_sniper and myself.
The receiver is marked
US Rifle M1A
Star of David
Mine has a nubless flash hider, like most of the M1A's sold in the free world. (sorry sv_sniper).
I really like the scope and mount. It is very solid for a single point mount. The scope is very clear, has a built in range finder, and mine returns to zero when removed and replaced. I think the optics on the Nimrod equal some of the better scopes out there today. If you are looking for a fixed power scope, the 6x40 Nimrod is a good deal right now. I know some are being sold for about 300 dollars.
The built up comb on the stock for scope use looks funky, but it does grow on you. It is attached with two screws through the comb into countersunk nuts in the stock comb. It makes for a very solid platform. No worries about the laces coming loose, or getting it in the same position when replacing after removal.
The sling swivels are on the side of the stock. One on the rear of the stock, and the other on the left side. I have not tried shooting with a sling yet. I will try sometime and let you know how it works.
A poor pic of the reticle, it was taken at night looking at a lamp about 10 feet away. You can see the 3 coarse hairs that turn into fine, and the one fully fine one. The range finder is on the bottom of the scope.
Hello Bob: Cool pictures!
Hello JohnnyReb: Here's the review.
General Description: My Nimrod 6X40 scope came with some dings and scratches so that I knew it is used. The image quality through this scope is very clear and no distortion at edge. Also there is an adjustable(movable) sleeve at the front end of scope. I think it should be used to eliminate the sunlight reflection that would expose the sniper location.
There are five target turrets under the cross hair (Please refer to Bob's pic). According to the manual, the "2" stands for 200 meters, the next one is 400 meters...600m...800m... and "10" stands for 1000 meters. The length between target turret and the base line stands for the size of upper body of an adult human. This feature will allow the shooter to estimate range and adjust the elivation knob quickly.
The combination of IDF scope mount and Nimrod scope seems to be pretty solid and consistant. Even though I detach the scope mount then re-attach after cleaning, it goes back to the zero. (This is just my experience.)
Of course, I have experienced some problems.
1) After about 400 rounds, the scope rings got loose. I installed new insert between scope and the rings (the original rubber insert was rotten). Then I locked the ring screws tight. So far so good.
2) When I aim the target over the center of my cross hair, the bullet hits 1" left to the target @ 50 yard. However, I have twisted the windage knob to the limit already. I am not sure what the problems are because the iron sights work fine. (@ 50 yard, I only need to adjust rear sight windage for one click from center.)
I doubt that the scope mount is kind of bended, or the scope has been shocked (they are both used). You guys are experts, please help me with this issue. Will this be eligiable to Springfield's "life time warranty"? :mrgreen:
I own one of these fine rifles. I can say that I'm HIGHLY impressed with it's accuracy ( 3/4 MOA @ 200M). What kind of ammo are you shooting :?: My Nimrod is calibrated for M118 Special Ball. I couldn't find this ammo when I bought the rifle. So, I did some research and decided to go with Federal Gold Match 175gr BTHP. This virtually duplicates the "new" M118LR load currently issued to our military snipers. The case my rifle came in has a date of 1996 after all the Hebrew markings. Any idea if the IDF used a wrench for the scope mount :?: Because there is a funny shaped cut out in the case and that's the only thing I can figure out it's for. :?
First of all, Welcome Aboard! I used to work with a guy that saw mine, fell in love with it and ordered 1 from the dealer that I bought mine from. I believe he paid close to $2100 for it new. Now mind you, this was a few years ago. I assume that Springfield no longer offers these rifles as they were available for a limited time only. If the rifle is in good condition and the price is right, snatch it up ASAP :!: Good Luck and please keep us posted!
I would make sure that is has ALL accessories that SA issued them with, such as: the drop case, certificate of authenticity, GI manual, at least 1 GI mag (not sure how many they came with, maybe 2 ?). How many rds have been fired through it :?: Does it have the proper Hebrew markings in the proper places :?: The reason I'm asking you all this, is because I don't want to see a fellow Scotsman get ripped off :) Alba go bragh!
Picked it up today. Rifle is in excellent shape, hardly used at all.
The scope has definitely seen some serious service.....makes you think about who has looked through that lens, what they saw, and if they pulled that trigger. Optics are excellent, the lenses are good and clear, but the scope body's finish is worn.
The serial # is IDF 067. Different, feel free to include it in your records.