Video: The Legendary M1A — Springfield Armory

By Dave Dolbee published on in Firearms, Videos

Recently, The Shooter’s Log reported on the release of M1 rifles (Initial Release and Ordering Update) to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). Several readers left comments regarding price, availability, and quality. As opposed to new, the M1s from the CMP are pieces of history. Many of those M1s will be scooped up by collectors, other buyers have intentions such as home defense or competition. Whatever your intention, the M1 has been serving Americans since it replaced the M1903 Springfield in the 1930s, and saw service into Vietnam. Later, the M1 was replaced by the select fire M14. For those who want a new M1A—the civilian version of the M14—Springfield’s Master Gunsmiths are on the job. See what goes into building an M1A and check out Springfield’s limited time offer to get three free additional magazines with a purchase of a new M1A.

From 1959 to 1970 the M14 served with distinction as the standard issue rifle of the United States military. When Springfield Armory in Geneseo, IL made the civilian legal variant—the M1A—available to the public in 1974, shooters were finally able to enjoy the same rifle that so many servicemen had utilized in the past.

The Standard Series is a faithful semi-auto only recreation of the original M14. Keep in mind that the Standard M1A is as well suited for a day at the range as it is for filling that special place in your military collection. All the design features that the Armed Services found essential for a battle rifle make the Standard M1A a great shooter. The windage and elevation-adjustable rear sight minimizes the effort required to zero the rifle. The two-stage military trigger, detachable box magazine, op-rod, and roller cam bolt call to mind the rich history of the M1A while providing functional ease of operation and legendary reliability.

You may be looking for a special addition to your collection, or you may be looking for a hard-working rifle that will pull duty on the range, in the treestand, or from your truck. The Standard M1A is ready for its next mission—are you up to the challenge?

Specifications

Springfield M1A
Caliber 7.62X51MM NATO (.308WIN)
Length 44.33″
Front Sight National Match .062″ Blade
Barrel 22″; Twist 1:11″; RH; 6-Groove Carbon Steel
Weight 9.3 lbs.
Rear Sight Military Aperture .0690 w/ MOA Adjustment For Both Windage and Elevation
Magazines one 10-Round, Parkerized Steel
Stock Highlander Camo Composite
MSRP $1,704, Cheaper Than Dirt!’s price and availability

Did you serve with the M1 or M14? Do you shoot an M1 for competition, plinking, hunting, or another cause? Share your answers in the comment section.

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  • auggie

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    @peat in Alaska
    The FN FAL is a great rifle. I put it up there with the M-1 & M-14!

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    • Secundius

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      @ auggie.

      Get the British-made FAL (i.e. L1A1) it was built to use Imperial Units and not Metric Units. The additional weight, absorbs much of the Recoil…

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  • Henry J. Braud

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    “Oh, that’s right, they did, and they called it the M1A!”
    No, they called it the M14.

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    • Sam

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      Henry: Of course, you’re right. But the article is about the M1A, and I figured that those who read these are pretty savvy shooters (like yourself) and would know the difference. BTW: My M1A is actually designated as the M1A-A1 – what Springfield called the shorter 18″ barrel “Tanker” model (aka “Bush Rifle”), (basically, what they call the “Scout” today, but with a wood stock, which I prefer), and was originally intended for carrying by tank crews (hense, its name). I think this is the model that some Special Forces units used. Kinda interesting. My M1A-A1 is a dandy rifle, which I like only slightly better than the M1 Garand (which I trained with in the Service). I do prefer its platform (the same platform as the M1 Garand, M1 carbine, and Mini-14), more than the AK or AR platforms. I don’t have a Mini-30 but have seen it in action, and it seems to be a nice rifle also – looks much like the Mini-14 only slightly larger and in a more potent caliber (7.62×39).

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  • Yosemite

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    There were very few models of the American made Garands made in .308. I want to say they were made for the Navy for some reason.

    Then someone came up with an adapter to change the caliber from 30.06 to .308.

    The a it worked one inserted the adapter into the chamber and fired a blank round to seat the adapter. If you acquire a new to you M-1 Garand CONGA-RATS! If it is in .308 have a competent gunsmith check it out and see IF it is an original in .308 or has the adapter…….BEFORE you fire it. The adapters have had some issues failing…..cracking or some other potential catastrophic failures.

    IF someone is interested in building their own M-1 Garand, one can order complete parts kits and other parts.
    You can find several other firearm kits to build various firearms. You will have to get the frame/receiver from someone with an FFL license…..

    One more question on the FNL/SLR ( I think it is called.)It is .308 Rifle the British used for man years…… you can find complete parts kits for them ….. the trouble is with which receiver you get either centimeter or inch……
    I have heard some nasty things about the rifle BUT it was used for so many years and is probably still used in parts of Africa.
    So…..anyone familiar with the rifle and its quirks?

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    • Pete in Alaska

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      I revived rather extensive expierance with the FN/FLR some years ago, I found it to accurate, a stable an ergonomic platform, easily maintained in the field, and very reliable in extreme field conditions. I is a heavy rifle but well suited to field use. It’s weight is a plus when operated in the full auto mode but it shines in semi auto at any .308 engagement envelope. With optics employed and in the hands of a LD marksman it has excellent accucery and repeatable shot placement. There is a “heavy” barrel version I understand that has a reputation for “bolt” action accucery. Hope this is helpful.
      It ranks with other iconic battle rifles that have made there way into civilian use such as the M1A, 1903A3, AR’s, AK’s and is rebound in the Dark Continant as the African Rifle.

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    • Damian

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      Strongly disagree on any FAL being equal in any way to the M1A or the M14 .I have had several FAL rifles .They are made of stamped metal ,heavy ,very clunky and rattly and has lots of play in the design .The M1A along with the old M14 are precision rifles when set up right and in the hands of the right shooter and the actions are very tight and solid .And is far more accurate then the FAL rifle by far especially beyond 300 meters and out . Not that the FAL did not serve its purpose nor was the design bad but very outdated and not a precision type rifle as most M1A rifles are out of the box .JMHO.

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    • Yosemite

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      Thanks….I have always loved the weapon looked and always wanted one or more versions..

      I know that the rifle had to work, be reliable, accurate. in order to survive for so long…..From what I take on the History of the “African Rifle”….It has been around since sometime in the 1950s IF I recall correctly.
      I found some info on the rifle here and why it was being put down…… it is due to the one being “home built”…..and the factor made rifles have none of the issues.

      https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2016/2/9/five-lesser-known-facts-about-the-fn-fal/

      I would still love to own one eventually ….. preferring one of the heavy barrels MAYBE…….

      Thank you for the information………all info and help is/are greatly appreciation!

      IF you will allow me to use a wiki site…. the FN/FAL was in a US Government test against the M-14/M1-A in the 1950s. The US Choose the M-14 over the FN/FAL……. The FN/FAL saw production all over the World and saw action in at least 90 Countries.

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    • Damian

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      It lost out to the M14 because the M14 is the far better rifle then any FAL hands down,then they got stupid and went to the M16 and have struggled to replace it for the last 5 decades but they keep on using the POS AR platform .No matter how much the troops complain about it’s lack of power or its proven lack of . .

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  • Yosemite

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    Anyone know about the Italian version of the M-14/M-1A that was imported in the mid 90s or maybe earlier…… I cannot recall their designation something like BR-59 ? IF I recall correctly there was the full size version and a smaller version….. value to a dealer was around $350-$450 or somewhere in that range…..
    M-1 Garands started around $225.00 and went up in price depending on the grade…….

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  • Yosemite

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    TomC and your Doppler Keep your insults to yourselves and I could not possibly care any less!
    I could not possibly care any less about either of you and your attacks.

    Both of you suffer from a serious attack of Stupid.
    I am a Veteran and love to see WANNABEES SHOW their BS.
    PERSONALLY I do not care anything about your attempted insults!
    Do Both of us a favor You leave me alone and KNOW I have no interest in Dancing with you!…….AT LEAST I HOPE YOU REALIZE and LEAVE ME THE F**K ALONE!!!
    Have a NICE DAY!

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    • TomC

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      4Q

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  • TomC

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    The mini-14 is basically a scale model of the M14. To scale it up to .308 they would basically have to produce a full size M14 — which, of course, they could do but it wouldn’t have been a “mini” anything.

    And before the trolls jump in, yes, I know they could have produced perhaps a “midi-14″ somewhat smaller than the M14, but it would still have been bigger than the Mini.

    It’s not just a matter of making the receiver a quarter-inch longer and the bore a hair more than 2mm wider — to keep the mechanical design the same, any rifle using that design and firing .308 would have been bigger than the Mini-14. Most likely Ruger decided that there simply wasn’t enough market for an Almost-14 rifle.

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    • Damian

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      Well said TOM C just as an example just look at the M1 Garand and the .30 M1 Carbine pretty much operate the same and are very similar in design in many ways as well as different .If it had fired the same .06 the Garand did or even the .45 ACP which i know was not the concept or reason for building it of course just saying it would have had to haVE been made larger killing the purpose of building it .However i think if ruger experimented at present time with a .308 cal ruger mini 14 type design platform the Ruger .308 carbine i would call it it may catch on and fly off the shelves as the .308 has surged in popularity for sporting ,hunting ,and defensive purposes .

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    • Damian

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      Another reason i say exactly now is the time for RUGER maybe to consider a 20 round RUGER .308 CARBINE with wood or polymer stock options and a scout rail like the NEW RUGER RANCH bolt action scout guide rifle .It has done very well on the open market .Just imagine a ruger mini 14 style but in .308 it will be a tad larger but still in scout rifle type platform . And i think with a detachable 20 round mag option would fly off the shelves of all gun stores . I wish i were a machinist still and had the tooling to do it i would myself work on a design of a ruger .308 semi auto scout carbine of my own .IT WOULD SELL .

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    • Secundius

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      @ Damian.

      Not a Ruger, but may fulfill your needs. Pathan 44-Bore (AK-type) in 7.92×33 kurz. Available through Khyber Pass Firearms, Distributor within the US is Atlantic Firearms. They may or may not be able to get it…

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    • Damian

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      @secondius,
      Are you speaking of the new STG-44 style rifles? Yes i want 1 in original 7.92 kurz but not at the price they are asking lol.Can buy 2 NM MIA’S for what the price tag is on those new STG rifles .

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    • Secundius

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      @ Damian.

      No! It’s a Pakistani modified AK-47 chambered in 7.92×33 kurz…

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    • Sam

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      I have a M1A (.308), a mini-14 (.223), a M1 Carbine (.30), and trained (and shot “Expert”) with the M1 Garand (.30-06), and all are perfect just the way they are. Well, except that the M1 Garand could have been made with a high-capacity box magazine instead of the 8-round stripper clip that loudly “dings” when it spits it out after the last round is fired. Oh, that’s right, they did, and they called it the M1A!

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    • TomC

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      Actually they did make an M1 Garrand, in .308, with a 20 round box magazine — but they called it the BM-59 (the B stood for Beretta, who built them) and 59 was the year they were adopted by the Italian Army and Navy.

      By the way, done properly reloading an M1 is as quick or quicker than reloading an M14 (the real name for the M1A)

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    • Sam

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      You are right on all counts: About the quickness of reloading of the M1 Garand and the M1A (I know first-hand, and assuming the clips and mags are pre-loaded), but you still end up with 8 rounds in the Garand (which is a fabulous rifle), verses 20 rounds in the M1A (an equally fabulous rifle), and no “ding” with the M1A. Although the Garand may have a slight edge because of the slightly more potent .30-06 round (at least at very long ranges). I do remember the Beretta version in .308, but heard at the time there were some problems with it. And, of course, we all know the M14 is the select-fire military rifle. while the M1A is the semi-auto civilian version.

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    • Henry J. Braud

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      Many M1 Garands were converted to 7.62mm NATO for use with the US Navy.

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    • Secundius

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      @ Henry J. Braud.

      Before the Beretta BM-59, there was the BM-54 an M1 Garand w/20-round M1918 BAR Magazine…

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    • Damian

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      I have a winchester M1 carbine i will probably never part with along with my SA garand both are 43 dated .

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    • Sam

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      Although not the potent .308 (7.62×51), Ruger makes a .30 caliber rifle known as the Mini-30 (in 7.62×39 – the same caliber as the AK-47, which has ballistics similar to the .30-30 Win.), and has the same basic platform as the Mini-14, only a little larger. With its ballistics close to .30-30 ballisics, the Mini-30, would probably make a good rifle for hunting or defense. Having shot my .30-30 quite a bit (a model ’94 carbine), and being very familiar with the basic platform (M1, M1A, Mini-14), I believe the Ruger Mini-30 in 7.62×39 would probably be up to the task.

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  • Yosemite

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    Curious….. Has anyone handled an AR-10 AND the M-1A and actually compared them by putting them through their paces???

    Anyone have a Ruger Mini-14 and HOPES Ruger would make one in .308 Winchester/ 7.62 NATO?

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    • Henry J. Braud

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      Some years back Ruger released an ad/statement telling the public they were going to market the Mini-14 in 7.62 mm Nato/.308 Win. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen, there were problems with it and so produced it in 7.62x39mm.
      Hope that helps.

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    • Damian

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      YES and i thought the AR-10 was junk but i own a few M1A’S and a SA Garand and winchester M1 carbine . I just last yr purchased the new SOCOM CQB M1A with 16.25 “barrel .The rifle shocked me for a short .308 barrel caliber rifle it was effective out to 500 meters with my leatherwood LER scope and with my EOTECH halo sight i almost never missed at 200 meters and it has the recoil of a standard AK but the firepower of the .308 the archangel stock could be better but i plan to desert camo it and get some M14 wood for it for the range you just cannot go wrong with the M1A in my book .Many do not like the CQM SOCOM but as a former Army CAV troop i think it is a great CQB rifle and will go out to 500 meters and more if needed .Stay away from the old AR-10 i say JMHO.

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