View Full Version : M1A questions

August 3, 2009, 07:31 PM
I was on awhile ago thinking about a rifle to fill the void between a 22lr & 300 Wby - I'm thinking an M1A now for various reasons.


I am looking at a Super Match with the camo stock - apparently in Mass it has to be a SA9805CA (Muzzle Brake vice Flash Hider)

My local gun shop quotes about $3K and up to 3 months, is this normal.

They also tell me that the brake cannot be removed.

I know legally, it cannot have a flash hider in Mass and I never would have it that way in Mass. ***BUT*** I might want to go to a High Power Match in NH where the Flash Hider is perfectly legal and I wouldn't blast the other folks on the line with noise and concussion if I could swap it out.

Does the 'CA' version prevent this with permanent brake attachment or just happy thoughts?

The last thing, knowing that I have allowed $3K for a rifle, would like a semi-automatic, detachable mags, and better than average accuracy; is there some other rifle I am missing?

I am not opposed to the .223/5.56mm, 6.8mm - nor am I married to the .308/7.62mm. I just think getting into some matches with iron sights would be fun.

Any info would be greatly appreciated as believe it or not, I have never owned a semi-auto rifle :eek:

Citizen Carrier
August 3, 2009, 08:22 PM
You might consider looking at what a gunsmith can build you in the way of an M1A/M14 type rifle for $3000, rather than just buying a factory-produced rifle.

Plenty of good makers out there.

Warbird Custom Guns. Fulton Armory. Smith Enterprises.

Why buy factory when you can have something built specifically for you? Especially if you have that kind of money?

I had mine built up that way. Started with a Polytech gun. Smith Enterprises fit a birch stock, bedded it, national match front and rear sights, trigger job. I eventually had a heavy Krieger barrel put on. Stayed well under $3000.

August 3, 2009, 09:08 PM
Well gee, 3k can get you some nice rifles. I would do research on the Sig 556, the Barett M468, HK's MR762, and the DPMS SASS with a better barrel.

August 3, 2009, 09:56 PM
The new FNAR costs far less than $3000 and it seems to be capable of MOA. Just a thought.


And of course you can get one heckuva tack driving AR for that kind of scratch and they're obviously used for match shooting as well, so...


Navy joe
August 3, 2009, 10:22 PM
I own a gunsmith built NM M-1a, Krieger barrel, everything really slick, tears up the world from the 500 yard line. No chance I'd own it if I had to spend $3000 to get it. I probably couldn't get it for less than that today, I think the market for M-1As is retarded. Shop around, you can probably get a lot more from some other rifle.

August 4, 2009, 01:39 PM
The new FNAR costs far less than $3000 and it seems to be capable of MOA. Just a thought.

I'm not sure what kind of ugly they were going for when they designed it. It's as if they photoshopped several completely different concepts of ugly into one mismatched ugly package. It's remarkable, really, that it could be published as an artists conception, much less an actual, real product.

The supermatch is heavy. And most of that heavy is out front, so you'll need to add an extra two lbs of weight to the buttstock if you want it to balance well--it'll weight a good 14lbs before you put a magazine in or or a scope on top.

I'd highly recommend the National Match if you're going the M1A route.

August 4, 2009, 03:09 PM
I think you all are right - thanks for all the info.

The M1A is a nice rifle BUT you can get something that handles better and is considerably cheaper.

DPMS Panther LRT-SASS for $1800 is what I am looking at now, still a 7.62mm and a semi-auto.

Any thoughts on this and is it California legal as apparently, Mass is an Eastern Province from what I have been learning.

August 4, 2009, 03:11 PM
I would not give up my FNAR for 2 M1a's