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Old April 2nd, 2017, 05:23 PM   #16
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Welcome from Southeast Texas.

First lesson: Be clear on the model of rifle you have to avoid confusing those that want to help.

The Scout has an 18" barrel and the SOCOM has the 16" barrel, unless the Scout has been modified.

So which do you have?
It was marked/sold as an M1A Scout, with a walnut stock and NY compliant so no muzzle device. It almost looks like a bastardized Garand, honestly. I've attached a photo if it helps.

I appreciate all the responses and especially those with tips/suggestions! I expect I will be spending a lot of time here as I learn my way around this rifle (and ponder my next one).
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Old April 2nd, 2017, 05:57 PM   #17
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quote=Killashrub;2707234]A couple things to check if accuracy is a concern are -

Make sure when you tilt the rifle that the gas piston falls freely in the gas cylinder. Rifles that do this are inherently more accurate shooters.

Switch out the Springfield polymer stock with any USGI stock, Boyds stock, or any chassis for increased rigidity which in turn increases accuracy.

Check where the hand-guard and stock meet each other. If they are touching, remove the hand-guard and sand it a little bit so that it does not contact the stock at all.

Remove the gas plug, apply anti seize lube to it then reinsert it tightly. Some come from factory loose.

Do the pencil test on your muzzle device. Take a #2 pencil and stick it in your barrel but the end is still sticking out of the muzzle device and check alignment. If you have difficulty then the muzzle device may be off and might cause bullet strikes.

Look up shimming an M14 or M1A gas cylinder. Its simple, easy, and works. A good accuracy improvement if needed. To check if it is needed try to wiggle your front band. If it moves easily then shimming is needed.

When firing for accuracy don't rest the rifle towards the muzzle. Rest the rifle towards the magazine.

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Other things to consider that don't have to do with accuracy are -

Make sure you are lubricating the rifle correctly. Look up Tonybens video on lubrication on Youtube.

Buy a USGI extractor and other bolt guts and have it on hand just in case.

Get a US contract green nylon sling or 1903 leather sling for an authentic look.

Buy at least the M14 combo tool or get the full combo tool set. Put it in the butt-stock trap door and forget about it until you need it.

Buy only CMI magazines if you want no worries.

Buy more M14's for more spare parts.

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Welcome from Florida![/quote]

And bring beer!
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Old April 2nd, 2017, 07:01 PM   #18
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It was marked/sold as an M1A Scout, with a walnut stock and NY compliant so no muzzle device. It almost looks like a bastardized Garand, honestly. I've attached a photo if it helps.

I appreciate all the responses and especially those with tips/suggestions! I expect I will be spending a lot of time here as I learn my way around this rifle (and ponder my next one).
Nice looking Scout that doesn't have a muzzle device.

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Welcome from South Dakota. I see that you have been warned that M1A's are addictive. This is a true fact and if you get another, they will breed. The M1A is NOT a bastardized M1. It is the son of the M1 and is just a tough and just as much fun to shoot.

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Old April 2nd, 2017, 08:37 PM   #20
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Welcome from South Dakota. I see that you have been warned that M1A's are addictive. This is a true fact and if you get another, they will breed. The M1A is NOT a bastardized M1. It is the son of the M1 and is just a tough and just as much fun to shoot.
Definitely wasn't suggesting the M1A is functionally a bastardized M1! Hope that didn't offend anyone. The appearance of my rifle with the short barrel and no muzzle device makes it look rather similar to a Garand. To the uninitiated, at least - I heard another customer in the gun store pointing it out as a Garand... Just kind of shook my head.

@wiz1997: It is rather purty, ain't it?

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Old April 3rd, 2017, 07:05 PM   #25
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@wiz1997: It is rather purty, ain't it?[/QUOTE]

Well............I suppose so.

Just ain't right without a muzzle device.

Where did you learn to talk Texican?

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Old April 5th, 2017, 04:07 PM   #27
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@wiz1997: It is rather purty, ain't it?
Well............I suppose so.

Just ain't right without a muzzle device.

Where did you learn to talk Texican?[/QUOTE]

I agree it does look a little off without a muzzle device. As for the Texican... Not really sure. Dad grew up in FL, but that's not the same. Worked with a few Texan transplants, but they all got smart and went back to Texas. Maybe its just a yearning for wide open spaces and less restrictive gun laws ;)

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