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Old March 21st, 2012, 05:23 PM   #16
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Howdy troop, thank you for your service and welcome aboard our M14 community. You have come to the right place to learn about the world's finest battle rifle.

That is one gorgeous piece of walnut and steel that you have there.

I have a still unfired preban serial number range 65,58XX M-1A that looks just like yours, minus the leather lace on cheep piece. Mine has a TRW bolt, TRW oprod, TRW trigger group, Winchester barrel, USGI M14 front/rear sights, with a lugged flash suppressor all in a nice Bishop walnut stock.

The guys here rag me about having a still unfired M-1A that I've owned since March 94 and not having shot it yet. But part of the allure of having it is that I don't know of another soul that can honestly claim that they have an unfired preban M-1A still new in the factory box. I'm sure there are some out there but I don't know of any.

I have two heel stamped Polytech M-14/S rifles t have converted over to USGI TRW and Springfield M-14 parts, as well as a new old stock, unfired side stamped IDE Mich Imports Poly that I am currently working on in converting it to USGI M-14. Since I have these M-14's there's been no reason to put a round through my cherished preban M-1A.

Again, welcome aboard and don't be a wall flower, join in on the discussions because this is a very friendly place. We all have one thing in common. We all love the magnificent M-14...


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Old March 23rd, 2012, 11:01 PM   #17
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Thank you for all the positive comments and I do feel very lucky to have found this very nice rifle. I've been reading some of the threads about GI parts and during my basic cleaning I found some numbers on the bolt and the trigger/hammer assembly. The trigger assy is numbered 7267030-3. The end 3 could be a 0 or a 6 as it is hard to tell on the photo I took of it. The bolt has what looks like 9156 on top of SA ZC. That is all I have really noticed for now. I am the second owner of this rifle. I bought it for $1250 from a former sailor who bought it new in 93. I have the box and tag and it said it was produced on 5-6-93 and it is SN 0722XX with a headspace measurement of 1.6345. I received seven magazines with the rifle but forgot to ask the guy where he got them. Only one is marked with an R and the rest are unmarked. The stock is in very nice condition with just a little fading of the finish near the buttplate. When I had my CMP Garand, I had put on a new walnut stock from Boyd's. This stock on my M1A reminds me of the Boyd's stock because of its color and it is a bit oversized. That is about all the info I can tell about it. If anyone can tell me what all that means, I would be appreciative. I ordered some PPU ball ammo and will give a range report once I get it sighted in. Thanks again for all the info.

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Old March 23rd, 2012, 11:27 PM   #18
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The markings on the bolt tell me it is a Springfield bolt, not SAI but the original Springfield Armory. The stock Fajan or Bishop. After you strip it down you can find more markings write them down also take pictures for your records. There are threads here that will help you identify parts. I got lucky last year and got a pre-ban 06xxxx. This is just the first one.

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Old March 24th, 2012, 09:36 AM   #19
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Sometimes you can't see the contractor's markings on USGI magazines until you swab a little WD on the back about an inch up from the bottom and put a flashlight to it. Welcome aboard, happy shooting.

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Old March 28th, 2012, 01:24 AM   #20
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You were right, I noticed BRW S1 on three of them so they are Borg Warner. One is the bar R from Rochester. I will look a little closer at the dimples on the other unmarked ones. Finally received my ammo so I should be able to sight it in next week.

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Old March 30th, 2012, 08:57 AM   #21
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Lookin good!!!! and welcome from Oregon

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Old April 7th, 2012, 12:21 AM   #22
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I had a chance to fire 40 rounds of PMC ball through it today. Due to the local SWAT team using the 100 yard line I was only able to fire at 50 yards and at a metal plate about 135 yards away. At the 50 yard line I just had some fun and did a small adjustment for windage. I discovered I did not really like the cheek rest in actual firing so I have removed it and the leather sling. It now sports the standard nylon web silent sling. Its first outing with me was limited but two magazines were expended from full capacity and it functioned perfectly. I am using Slipstream grease and oil from Crusader Weaponry. It really does slick up the action but its black and looks like you have really shot your rifle a lot... :)

I moved on to the steel plates at 135 yards and quickly remembered that my eyes have degraded to the point where an optic is almost a requirement now. Focussing on the front sight leaves my target a blurry mess and my accuracy showed it. I managed to hit the plate about half the time offhand rapid fire. I had fun though and that is what counts. Rifle functioned fine ejecting the brass out at 2 O'Clock about 5 feet from the bench. I definitely going to try to get the scope and mount as soon as financially able so I can really feel better about shooting it at long range. In the meantime, I will get a proper sight in at 100 yards one of these days and just have fun with it at closer ranges.

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Old April 25th, 2012, 10:14 AM   #23
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Thank's for your service, and a very nice acquisition i might add!

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Old April 25th, 2012, 10:39 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by jordanvraptor View Post
I think I might like a fixed power at 10x as I rarely used the variable feature on the Mk4.
I agree. I have a 3.5-10 mk4 and it always stays on 10 power. I've decided to either replace it with a fixed power, or move to a higher variable power like 5.5-22.

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Old July 23rd, 2012, 11:54 PM   #25
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Finally got a Bassett picatinny low mount and Leupold PRW low rings holding a Leupold Rifleman 4-12 x 40 scope.

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Old July 29th, 2012, 06:52 PM   #26
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Before you spend funds on accessories....the next thing to stockpile will be magazines. After the crazyness in Colorado with the "Joker" know a magazine ban is in the works. Get what you will need in that dept....just in case.

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Old July 30th, 2012, 08:37 PM   #27
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guess you'll need a cheek piece huh....what kind you getting ? thought about scoping my springfirld armory M1A, but hate the cheek piece bit, doing pretty good thru my irons anyway (for now, my 58 year old eyes are failing me)

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