As noted, the M1A is a civilian version of the M14 – the selective-fire battle rifle that was standard issue for the United States military from 1959 to 1970, at which point it was replaced by the M16. Like the M1A, the M14 is chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO and utilizes a rotating bolt and a gas-operated piston system. The development of the M14 was the result of a long line of experimental firearms that were based on the M1 Garand, which was often being modified to accept box magazines and include fully-automatic fire.
The M1A rifle was designed by Elmer Balance in 1974 for his company LH Manufacturing, where it was produced until the company was sold to Robert Reese. Production continued under the Springfield Armory, Inc. name. Prior to production by LH Manufacturing, a small number of semi-automatic M14 rifles were produced using surplus G.I. parts and components.
The Springfield M1A Loaded features a 22-inch barrel (1:11 twist rate) and an overall length of 44.3 inches. The barrel, along with the receiver, includes a parkerized finish for enhanced protection against corrosion and increased resistance to wear caused by moving parts. As noted, this rifle includes a number of national match upgrades. The barrel is no exception. In addition to the aforementioned features of the barrel, the M1A Loaded features an air-gauged medium weight national match barrel. Moving to the trigger, you will find a two-stage military trigger with a trigger pull rated between 4.5 and 5 pounds. Then there are the iron sights, which pile on more national match features. A national match .062-inch military post front sight is backed by a GI match-grade non-hooded aperture rear sight that is adjustable for both windage and elevation. Of course, all of this is packed into a beautiful walnut stock and weighs 9.8 pounds unloaded. As noted, each rifle includes one magazine that is designed to hold 10 rounds of 7.62x51mm NATO or .308 Winchester.
To sum up, buying an M1A rifle is likely to require more than a week's pay and a purchase from Springfield Armory. So instead of wasting your time by shopping around, just pick up our new Springfield M1A Loaded today. Consider this rifle for:
- Sport shooting
- Target shooting
- Much more…
The Springfield M1A Loaded is now available for $1639.06. And if its included national match features are not enough, consider our M14 rear sight assembly – available in both stand and national match variants.