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Thread: To build a M1a (M14) or AR-10

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveS View Post
    Todays Springfields aren't like the Springfields with the GI parts
    For sure!!!

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    Unless you're doing an LRB M25, I'd go AR10 all the way and never look back.

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    I have and enjoy my M1A for what it is. But if I had to pick between the two for accuracy, or even hard use, I'd take a decent AR-10 any day. There's a reason the Army, even though it spent years of trying, could never quite successfully turn the M14 platform into a mass produced semi-auto sniper weapon. By contrast, off the shelf AR-10s perform to that level, and do so more cheaply. Of course, if I was just wanting to throw a loaded M1A in the safe, hard to say no to $1300. Tough decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krazykarl View Post
    I have read of and been told of current production SA M1A parts experiencing early failures. Unless you have a source for older usgi parts, the $1300 will produce more satisfaction with an ar10.
    Absolutely. I wouldn't take a Springfield M1a for free. The few that I've shot had parts fall off of them. Springfield is simply a marketing company selling guns on the name of the old, REAL Springfield Armory.
    "You people have too much time on your hands." - scottryan

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    If you wanted to curl up by the fire and stare longingly (for accuracy and good ergonomics) at the most over rated rifle of all time, DO IT. If you want to shoot often and try to win a contest against superior technology, which seems to be your case, NO.

    If you got a deal like that on a M1A from the 1980s, which was essentially a GI gun on a commercial receiver that would be a different story. At least in that case you’d be getting a great deal in today’s market, for a high quality example of the most over rated rifle of all time.

    That money could be much better spent on any number of budget AR10 type guns and yield superior results. M14 pattern guns are like boats-holes that you lose money in but enjoy less. It will never exceed an AR, no matter what you do to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NongShim View Post
    If you got a deal like that on a M1A from the 1980s, which was essentially a GI gun on a commercial receiver that would be a different story. At least in that case you’d be getting a great deal in today’s market, for a high quality example of the most over rated rifle of all time.
    I picked up a used N/M M1A, with less than 50 rounds through it, that was made in the early/mid 1990s. They were still using a lot of USGI parts at that time.

    I paid less than what an identical new gun went for. Can find deals still out there on them, if you look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Screwball View Post
    I picked up a used N/M M1A, with less than 50 rounds through it, that was made in the early/mid 1990s. They were still using a lot of USGI parts at that time.

    I paid less than what an identical new gun went for. Can find deals still out there on them, if you look.
    Absolutely. Those GI parts guns still exist on the used market and can be had for great deals at times. They are certainly of much higher quality than many currently produced examples. That wasn’t my point though. If he were talking about an older version, that would at least have some collector value but would only be good as a nostalgic collector gun.

    He wants to shoot matches where everyone else is shooting AR pattern guns. His originally mentioned M1A would leave him completely outgunned. That was the point I tried to make. I was trying to save him money.

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    For optics mounting alone I would go with the AR platform (and did). The superior accuracy and longevity are bonuses.

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