Thinking about buying an M1A, preferably a SOCOM 16. Was doing a little research and came across some disturbing information. A few folks are saying the new Springfield M1A’s have a bunch of junk Chinese parts in them that could give you problems down the road. So, I’m throwing this out there to you “experts” to see what you have to say about it. Maybe it would pay for me to pursue an earlier S/N range or build date if I’m going to buy one? If so, and there is some validity to the claim of new ones being built with low quality parts, what would be the S/N range to stay away from?
My experience is limited, my friend had one. I shot it several times, mostly trying to get it sighted in. In the first go round it had OEM iron sights. We got it hitting around 2 MOA. Point of impact would slowly start drifting right. He then put a fairly nice Nikon scope on it, again I helped to get it sighted. Had it doing pretty good, for about 10 rounds when POI would shift right. We fought it until running out of windage adjustment. Replaced the aftermarket mounts with OEM Springfield, Leupold scope and tried again with the same results. We could never get it to hold zero for more than 10 rounds. He lost interest and sold it. It was a late model synthetic stock, bought June last year. FWIW, the Nikon is currently on my Marlin 336 and doing just fine.
Nice rifles, would love to have one!
I’d think visiting dedicated M1A1 sites would get you more current and thorough info from enthusiasts.
Here again, looks like our moderators have dug up an old thread for whatever reason.
CAN vouch of the quality from these guys.
and I still Lust after one of these…
Funny that, they’re made in Maryland but illegal to purchase in the state. Same goes for all those Springfield M1A variants (not made in MD but banned just the same)…
Shame, I’m rather fond of their M1A Tanker model (though I’d take a SOCOM 16 standard).
i would accept any of em. i have been known to work thru parts issues before…not a big deal. wouldnt kick any of em out of bed for eating crackers…
Tru dat, brother. I just seem to have a thing for carbine length barrels for some reason.
Here ya go Buck…M1918A3 BAR
nothin like gun porn to put a big ol smile on my ugly mug…
There is a great forum dedicated to the M14/M1A rifle. You should check it out.
Any and all questions can be answered there.
I own 2 M1A rifles and love them.
They are a challenge to shoot but they will make you a better marksman in the long run.
My sister in-law once told me, “horses all have problems, just find one that you can put up with”.
I didn’t understand her trying to part wisdom on me at the time, because I didn’t own horses.
But in the end, she’s right and the same could be said about everything.