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Bobula
09-08-2010, 10:13 AM
I just got a very lightly if ever shot M1A. Serial 024xxx. Sparkly clean and shiny bore, CMP marked M14 stock, and a Springfield scope mount.

I want to get the regular stock, I hear CMP has some good deals on them.\
Any must do things for this rifle beside feed it?

Black Majik
09-08-2010, 10:50 AM
What kind of M1A? Standard, Loaded, Scout, Socom?

Unfortunately the Springfield mount is mediocre, Sadlak, Smith Enterprise or Bassett mount will be a nice quality replacement.

If you like the M14 stock, you can buy dummy selector kits to fill in the hole for the selector switch.

Pictures will help us out too, since we all like pictures. :D

Congrats on an awesome rifle.

Bobula
09-08-2010, 10:54 AM
I'm honestly not sure what model it is... Pretty plain jane, long barrel. Won't have pics for 10 days. I got a deal so good I almost felt bad....

fpeel
09-08-2010, 12:24 PM
The basics of what every owner of an M14 variant should know can be found in the stickies here:

http://m14tfl.com/upload/forumdisplay.php?f=65

The rest of the site is a wealth of information, including the participation of a few armorers with experience tuning and troubleshooting the M14.

stphnman20
09-08-2010, 12:26 PM
Post a pic..

eric2063
09-08-2010, 12:32 PM
With a serial number that low it should be mostly original GI parts, it's an early receiver was made well before the current designations (standard, loaded ect) were put in place.
You can call Springfield and give them your serial number and they'll tell you the date it left the factory and the configuration it was in, at least they were when I bought mine 6 years ago.
When you get it post some pic's so we can ogle it :D

H2O MAN
09-08-2010, 1:39 PM
I just got a very lightly if ever shot M1A. Serial 024xxx. Sparkly clean and shiny bore, CMP marked M14 stock, and a Springfield scope mount.

I want to get the regular stock, I hear CMP has some good deals on them.\
Any must do things for this rifle beside feed it?

Looks like it was made in '82 or '83 and yes, it should have a bunch of USGI parts.

Congratulations!


This information is available at http://www.makereadyforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=10483







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wash
09-08-2010, 1:53 PM
I would suggest that you think really hard before changing anything on that.

Early Springfields were supposed to be very good and built by former military armorers to nearly match spec.

I'm not sure when that stopped but 1974 is pretty old...

Legasat
09-08-2010, 1:56 PM
field strip it, clean everything, re-grease it, and shoot the heck out of it!!!

Lead-Thrower
09-08-2010, 2:01 PM
:useless:

X-NewYawker
09-08-2010, 4:50 PM
does it have a CA compliant muzzle brake?

GunDog
09-08-2010, 5:23 PM
does it have a CA compliant muzzle brake?

Good point. Hopefully, the FFL/dealer is aware of the legalities.

Jpach
09-08-2010, 6:01 PM
Just shoot it!

smle-man
09-08-2010, 6:33 PM
According to the referenced website it is a 1982 vintage. I like the standard M1A; don't monkey with it! I've owned 3 (1972, 1985, 1998) and have a Polytech now. I started my Army experience with the M14 and shot the M14A1 on full auto (now that was an experience!) so I have a deep seated love for the as-issued configuration of the M1A.

eric2063
09-08-2010, 9:19 PM
Another website you can use is Different's M14 site at http://www.imageseek.com/m1a/ it has a huge amount of information on the back ground on how the M1A got it's start in the civilian market and he has the definitive M1A /M14 magazine identification guide.

But someone already posted the link to the M14 Firing Line website for you and it is hands down the best place for information. The knowledge base is phenomenal, where else could you post a question for Gus Fisher about your rifle and ask Bill Ricca if the tool you found on eBay is humped from Korea or an original.

Most of all when you get it out of 10 day jail shoot the hell out of it and enjoy yourself, you won't regret the purchase

23 Blast
09-09-2010, 5:26 AM
I would just like to chime in a +1 for the m14tfl.com website. When I bought my Springfield Standard Loaded, it's where I went to get the skinny on my new gun. It's a website as extensive and busy as calguns, so any question you ask will have dozens of (mostly) well-informed replies.

Bobula
09-09-2010, 10:39 PM
does it have a CA compliant muzzle brake?

Of course! My ffl knows better. It came with a muzzle brake installed, and the original flashider in a case with tools.

Bobula
09-24-2010, 7:19 AM
anything specific you'd like to see pics of?

kendog4570
09-24-2010, 7:27 AM
Sell the scope mount in a bar and buy ammo with the money.

GM4spd
09-24-2010, 7:57 AM
With a serial that low you will have an extra line on the rcvr heel with
the caliber 762-mm, as opposed to numbers above circa 65000 not having that designation. Pete


http://www.fototime.com/55DA8604AA82870/standard.jpg

M1A Rifleman
09-24-2010, 8:40 AM
Look it over good when you get it, and use grease - not oil on the specific locations called for. Any grease, such as automotive stuff with moly will work fine. You can down load the manual at SA for free and it will instruct you on the locations to add grease. Also check if you have a chrome barrel as you will need to use a solvent that is not as reactive as some of the heavier ammonia stuff - Hoppes #9 original is fine. Lastly, stay away from questionable quality surplus ammo such as Chinese, Yugo, Russian, French, and crap from the middle east. This stuff within the last 20 years at times has used corrosive priming, and has suspect quality control. The use of steel cased ammo is also suspect. Quality Winchester white box, Portugese FNM are good products.