I purchased my SAI M1A a couple of years ago from a forum member. Since then, I've been kicking around the idea of mounting a scope on her. (Yes, her name is Kate.
) I’ve read the postings on the forum about the experiences of others mounting a scope on their M1A since I have never done this before. Well, I decided it get it done with encouragement from a good friend of mine. I had the house to myself last night so it was “gun nut” time!
I got out the gun vise, torque wrench and other tools to install the scope package. My selections for the package were a Super Sniper 10X42M scope, ARMS #18 mount and ARMS #22 QD medium rings. I was prepared to Dremel the mount if I had the tolerance issues that others on this forum have had with their SAI M1A. Here’s some photos for illustration:
Here’s the setup before the operation began. Before I started, I needed the appropriate television entertainment in the background. Must you ask what that is?
After tapping out the drift pin securing the stripper clip guide, I checked the adjustable pad, mounting bolt and scope mount for any interferences or tolerance issues. If you can believe it, my 2006 SAI M1A receiver was in spec! No issues whatsoever. Everything fit perfectly. To say that I was happy would be an understatement.
After using Locktite 242 on the mounting bolt and the adjustable pad bolt, I worked on adjusting the contact pad for the front receiver ring. It took tapping on the top recessed grove on the pad with a punch and rubber mallet to get it to rotate down. I adjusted it where the pad is just contacting the ring. I applied Locktite 242 to the locking bolt.
The ARMS mount is done!
Next, I attached the ARMS #22 medium rings to the mount. Sweet! After that, I removed the bolts from the rings, installed the scope, made sure the scope and crosshairs were level with the rifle and slowly screwed the scope ring bolts down in a methodical pattern to distribute the increasing pressure delivered to the scope equally.
Add a Fulton Armory cheek riser and she is done!
I now need to boresight her and take her out to the range. That's for another thread. I'm now a proud owner of a quality rifle that has the capability of reaching out at greater distances. Any advice from the experienced with new scopes?