Ok, I think I'm leaning towards the Standard now...... All I care about is if this gun is "battle accurate".....I'm not a competition shooter.
Also, I have another question: What are the average prices of the Standard and Loaded M1a's?
I checked on Gunbroker and elsewhere, but I cannot find enough of a sample size to accurately determine the average price of these guns. I feel that Gunbroker prices are inflated, anyway.
NIB M1A standards run around 1100 bucks in my neck of the woods, and usually dont stay on the sales racks for very long. Loaded models run arounf 3oo bucks more here. I havent run across very many used standards around here, but the rifle's I have located have not been shot very much by the looks of them. Most have been safe queens. The loaded, and NM models that I have found used were usually shot quite a bit, and sold off after thier time in competion was over...apparently.
I have found a few stds and Bush models over the years that were built with USGI parts, to include the bbls.( If you find one such as this, I would snag onto it, provided that the rifle is in good shape.). USGI std weight/contour bbls are chrome lined and sport a 1/12in twist rate) The few SAI stds I have seen recently had USGI trigger groups fresh from the factory, and everything else was SAI produced. (Note: These were actually used, but had never been fired, and were being sold with org box/manual/mag...etc..... and even had the headspace tag still tied to the trigger gaurd.)
Parts are easy to find, but run more bucks in comparison to other models.
( Good quality CMI mags, and good folks to deal with)
If your new to the M1A, I recomend that you pick up a copy of the complete assembly guide, and owners guide. Fulton sells them, and they have some very detailed/easy to read information regarding this design.
I have also found that the std weight std contour, non chrome lined 1/11 twist rate bbls that SAI uses for thier builds to be very accurate.....example:
Both of these rifles will keep a 5 shot group inside of a 1 inch circle at 100yds consistently with the ammo they like. (This Socom prefers 168grTAP, and the Bush rifle Likes 155gr TAP. Both will most likely shoot better than this once we get our re-loading into gear, and tailor make ammo for both. )
This rifle is a "purpose built", go-to, better to have and not need than other way around, hunting rifle, more or less do anything that a centerfire rifle can do, DMR, "holy [email protected]
/ got it covered, and then some, M14 Tanker, and will shoot even better than the 2 SAI rifles mentioned before...
Note: This is not an SAI build. the bbl is a Criterion std contour chromelined 18.5in. ( Modern chrome lined bbls have come a long way since the 1960's, as far as accuracy goes from my dealings with um.). This rifle has an identical twin that I had custom built for me which will shoot just as good. I put 99% of the rifle pictured above together myself, based on the other.
FWIW...... This Norinco M14 will shoot 1MOA consistently. The only mod I did to it was fit it with a sythetic stock.. ( std chrome lined 1/12intwist chicom bbl)
Note: All of them across the board will shoot WIN Q3130 147gr M80 Ball fairly decent.
Note: The new SAI produced synthetic stocks are very well made IMO. They are designed for the M1A specifically, and fit very well to the rifle right out of the box. Same goes with thier handgaurds, although I prefer the Fulton HG over the other types to include USGI HG's. They seem to be just as durable as USGI synthetics, and a bit lighter on average to me at least
I think someone mentioned this before, but it is worth saying it again. This rifle was built for rifleman, and makes for a very decent, reliable, portable pkg, that is chambered in a caliber that is very effective for use at distances from the muzzle on out to the shooters max effective range. (They are very fun to shoot as well:thumb: