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Old August 5, 2013, 06:19 PM   #1
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M1A National Match

well ive been on the hunt for a good 308 Battle rifle for some time now...and i found this deal:

M1A National Match, 2-5 rnd mags, 2-10 rnd, 2-20rnd, 2-25 rnd mags, Springfield Scope mount and a stock cheek riser piece for $2300

what do you all think? not a bad deal?
Gunchoker prices on the NM are right around $1900 to $2100 just for the rifle but i can never tell if its a fair deal on Gunbroker.
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Old August 5, 2013, 06:51 PM   #2
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They usually go for around that when they come with a few extras. You need to watch those springfield scope mounts though - they tend to shoot loose so try out the bassett mount if you make a purchase.
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Old August 5, 2013, 07:22 PM   #3
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I would also consider the SIG716

Great 308 rifle


Ready for optics
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Old August 6, 2013, 06:44 AM   #4
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If that National Match rifle is the real deal and in great shape, that is about what sellers can get right now. In my opinion, that's not a fantastic deal only because I have come across a few pretty good ones lately. That said, if there is no surplus of M1As or good deals to be had in your area, you gotta go for what you can find.

If you can get a personal inspection period and really check it out before plunking down the green, that'd be the way. Some GunJoker sellers will give you a week or so to get a refund if you find something you don't like.

Best of luck with your search for the ultimate battle rifle.
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Old August 6, 2013, 09:46 AM   #5
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thanks all for the replys. it dosent sound like a smokin deal...but what the heck. im not against paying a fair price for something.
looks like im gonna have some time to run down on wednesday...i think im gonna have to "pull the trigger" on this one
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Old August 6, 2013, 10:11 AM   #6
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If you want a "battle rifle" will a NM be a reasonable substitute?
Most military rifle shooters like to take their guns apart to clean and tinker.
SA says of the match rifles:
"The Standard M1A has been designed to be taken apart and put together easily. No force is needed if it is disassembled and assembled correctly. However, the frequency of
disassembly and assembly should be kept to a minimum. Constant disassembly causes excessive wear of the parts and leads to their early unserviceability and to inaccuracy of the rifle.
This is especially true with National Match and Super Match firearms, whose actions are glass bedded to their stocks. Unnecessary
removal promotes wear, sloppy fit, inaccuracy and defeats the purpose of the bedding. Please do not field strip your match firearm
unless it is absolutely necessary.
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Old August 6, 2013, 10:29 AM   #7
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i dont plan on "Battling" or "Assaulting" anyone with this rifle. so i guess you could say ive been on the hunt for a "308 sporting/hunting/marksman rifle"

i dont think im going to be taking my rifle apart "excessively". if she needs cleaned, then ill clean it properly. i cant imagine properly disassembling a rifle could wear it out...the M14's the Military uses im sure have been taken apart and put back together millions of times!

The M1A has always been on my wishlist as have the FAL and the G3.
I just happened to stumble upon a M1A first while i had money burning a hole in my pocket
the FAL and the G3 are still on the list...just quite a ways down now
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Old August 6, 2013, 02:13 PM   #8
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If you are interested in marksmanship as opposed to volume fire then the NM is the right choice. My armorer reports many new NM's he has inspected shoot very well for a semi custom gun. As Mr Watson posted it is not advisable to remove the stock unless required for repair or refit. All general cleaning can be performed with the gun complete. Be sure to get the tools for gas system maintenance, chamber brush, muzzle guide [12 gauge shotshell with primer pocket opened to 5/16"] and a good one piece cleaning rod.
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Old August 7, 2013, 03:41 PM   #9
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Both the M1 and M14 rifles have the same issues; trigger guard clamped home stresses the bedding.

So, after you've finished a day of shooting and cleaned the darned thing up, put it away with the trigger guard only half way closed. That'll preserve the bedding force the receiver has to the stock. Slap it closed the next time it's used.
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Old August 7, 2013, 04:11 PM   #10
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I think you could get a 22 inch M1A for about $1300

and then tweak what you need for a better price

IMO
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Old August 7, 2013, 07:32 PM   #11
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find me one then Diablo! ive never seen one that cheep that isnt a Norinco copy
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Old August 8, 2013, 02:35 AM   #12
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found you four...first one is a Match

http://www.armslist.com/posts/197094...national-match

http://www.armslist.com/posts/192268...stock--308-new

http://www.armslist.com/posts/197435...--m1a--308-cal

http://www.armslist.com/posts/197346...-weapon-family
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Old August 9, 2013, 11:55 AM   #13
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I note that the first link comes up with a note saying it was a scam.

I have a National, and a Super. They are different beasts and I tend to shoot my Super more than the National. The Super has a nice big thick stock that is easy to hold and shoot. The National is a lot easier to lug around the range.

If I were buying just one, I would get the National as you can tote it hunting. Back when I collected them I used a loaded as my hunt gun and it was easier to carry around and have a good time with.

Your prices seem high but then again, I bought my last one when they were just over a grand so I am dating myself.



Here are the two of them together so you can see the difference in the thickness of the stocks.
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Old August 9, 2013, 08:16 PM   #14
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Look at around for a "Loaded" model. They offer a nice bump in performance for only about $300 more than an National Match.

There is a mad rush here in Maryland to buy M1As before they're banned effective October 1st.
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Old August 10, 2013, 11:56 AM   #15
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well its a done deal, i picked her up Thursday
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Old August 10, 2013, 10:22 PM   #16
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Old August 11, 2013, 05:36 AM   #17
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Fine looking stick!!

Get some Gold Metal Match 168s and see what she'll do.
Anxious to hear your range report.
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