Sunday, May 21, 2006

Springfield Armory M1A Loaded

I recently took the big plunge and called my gunshop to order an M1A Loaded for me. The sales assistant was a little surprised, which in turn had me surprised. I had orderd a Kahr PM9 from him a few weeks earlier and perhaps that's why he was a little surprised. Frankly it is a lot of gun for me, and I have a long way to go... I'm sure it's more accurate than I can shoot it. I'm really excited that this will be my first M1A. I'm sure I'll not regret choosing this model as my main battle rifle.


Anonymous said...

I forgot to add that when I went to pick up my M1A at Parro's Gunshop in Vermont, the guy who I had placed the order with told me that the owner had just recently sold my rifle to another customer. I placed a special order and prepaid for that rifle months in advance only to find that it wasn't there when I arrived. I was pissed to say the least. I was lucky that they were able to scrounge another model up within a week, but I tell you... that's probably gonna be the last time I ever go there. There are other good shops like the Powderhorn or Bob's to give my business.

Anonymous said...

How did the Loaded M1a shoot? I just ordered one, too, but was wondering if I should have ordered the National Match. I want the gun to be able to shoot less than 2 MOA.


Anonymous said...

I thought I had posted some follow-ups, but obviously I haven't. Perhaps those comments are elsewhere. In any case, the Loaded M1A was an excellent purchase. I haven't looked back since.

At the risk of possibly repeating info from another post, I was able to shoot less than 1MOA at 100 yds, with iron sites, from a bench with a crude stand, during the summer, with South African surplus. And I was just learning to shoot then (I'm still "just learning" now).

Now that was about 2.5 years ago and I had to put my Loaded M1A in storage until recently. A couple of months ago, I took it out of my storage bag and when I went to swab out the bore, a lot of yellow-ish powder came out with the bore brush. I was horrified. A friend of mine who shoots a lot said that it could have been build-up from the anti-corrosion blocks I was using to keep the gun from rusting up. Still, I'm concerned about the barrel even though it is stainless steel.

It's still winter here and I've missed opportunities to go out to the range on warmer days to see if I ruined my barrel or not. I hope to get out this week and send a few rounds down range to see how the M1A shoots.

I'd be so bummed if I screwed up the barrel, but since the rest of the rifle looks good, I'm optimistic. I'll post my results when I get them.

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