Originally Posted by Benlee
Thanks that was less complicated than I thought.So would it be your opinion that Springfield Armory is perceived as the low end of the totem poll of the m14 world?
Low end? No
They have a range from middle to high end, with the occasional lemon that gets more attention than all of the excellent ones they made.
Armscorp(Out of Business) and Entreprise Arms(Out of the M14 business), both put out some less than perfect receivers. Polytech (no longer imported), Norinco(no longer imported), and Federal Orndance(Out of Business) are held in high regard by some and low regard by others. All of those have been built into some very nice rifles, and some have reported lemons by all of them. There are a few other very small manufacturers that are no longer in business.
Springfeild Armory Inc (SAI) is the McDonalds of the M14 Type rifle. They call theirs the M1A and they have made more of them than any other manufacturer. McDonalds does not make the best hambuger, but they have the largest most well known hamburger BUSINESS in the world. It's still a good burger, but not THE BEST burger.
Likewise, SAI makes a good M14 type rifle, but they have the largest, most well known M14 type rifle BUSINESS in the world. It's not THE BEST M14 type, but it's still a good rifle (in many cases, an excellent rifle).
The more you make the more chances for a few with factory oversights.
LRB Arms and Smith Enterprise are considered the high end; low volume, high attention to detail, high collectors vaule, higher initial cost as well (generally speaking, as there are always exceptions).