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?
|Caliber||7.62X51MM NATO (.308WIN)|
|Front Sight||National Match .062″ Blade|
|Barrel||22″; Twist 1:11″; RH; 6-Groove Carbon Steel|
|Rear Sight||Military Aperture .0690 w/ MOA Adjustment For Both Windage and Elevation|
|Magazines||one 10-Round, Parkerized Steel|
|Stock||Highlander Camo Composite|
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.