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nrgcruizer
10-29-2010, 8:59 PM
What am I looking at? Never purchased one & don't know what to look for in these rifles. Also, what's the legal ramifications on these? Thanks for sharing.

Librarian
10-29-2010, 9:10 PM
What am I looking at? Never purchased one & don't know what to look for in these rifles. Also, what's the legal ramifications on these? Thanks for sharing.Let's see how close I get without notes ...

Perhaps not an M14 (US Military version), as those are generally full-auto.

Commonly M1A from Springfield Armory (http://www.springfield-armory.com/armory.php?clicktype=rifles), could be Norinco (Chinese) M14 (http://www.fulton-armory.com/M14S_Eval.htm).

Semi auto, mostly 7.62x51 or .308, stock versions require 10-round removable magazines (because of large-capacity mag limits) and CA-muzzle-brake instead of flash suppressor - essentially these are 'featureless' rifles, so not assault weapons, and could use large-capacity mags if you legally owned them.

Pistol grip would be an add-on, replacement stock. But then you'd need a 'bullet button' or equivalent and really would be stuck on 10-round mags.

BKTJ
10-29-2010, 10:37 PM
The M1A is legal( as is) in California, with a 10 rd mag and Cal version of the muzzle break. There are many variants and models, but 3 basic versions of the M1A. The 3 basic ones seen the most are the standard 22" barrel, Scout 18" and the Socom/Socom II 16". Figure out what you want to do with it, blaze away, punch paper or just to have one. I have several and shoot the national match the most. For desert blazing I go with the Scout. Its a bit shorter and slightly lighter. I own the 16" Socom and shoot it the least. Too much flash and bang.
They are some of my favorite rifles, as I qualified with one in the military and they will always have a place in my collection.
With the nostalgia out of the way, one fact remains. I have over $3000 in my match rifle and my off the rack $1100 DPMS LR-308 outshoots it. The 308/7.62 AR platform is easier and cheaper to modify. Much easier to mount a scope and an easy transition from the smaller AR platform.

kendog4570
10-30-2010, 7:52 AM
If you do get one, try to find an older Springfield commercial with as many USGI components as you can, excepting the barrel. The current production doesn't have GI part one in it, and their parts can be WAY out of spec. I wonder how their receivers have been decent for so many years, but the rest of the stuff they make or contract is so marginal.
JMHO

justinlemieux
10-30-2010, 8:05 AM
polytech m14s are legal too! and im a big fan of the m1a(springfields version mf the m14) scout with the 18" barrel.

nrgcruizer
10-30-2010, 2:48 PM
It's actually a Polytech M14S. I'm getting mixed reviews on this rifle. Some love them. Some hate them for their own reasons. I don't really know where I stand at this point. I just wanted to have a .308 WIN or 7.62x51 NATO rifle in my collection. Something with no frills, easy to clean, reliable, & accurate. I don't even mind a bolt action if the price is righteous.

luckystrike
10-30-2010, 3:21 PM
It's actually a Polytech M14S. I'm getting mixed reviews on this rifle. Some love them. Some hate them for their own reasons. I don't really know where I stand at this point. I just wanted to have a .308 WIN or 7.62x51 NATO rifle in my collection. Something with no frills, easy to clean, reliable, & accurate. I don't even mind a bolt action if the price is righteous.

save up the extra cash for a springfield.

X-NewYawker
10-30-2010, 4:05 PM
My three Springfields -- Standard 22, Scout 18 and Socom 16 inch barrels:

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p54/Fasanoland/Rifles/_MG_0295.jpg
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p54/Fasanoland/Rifles/_MG_0294.jpg

X-NewYawker
10-30-2010, 4:07 PM
They rock -- you don't use ammo as quickly as an AR 5.56 cause it costs more!

and get a CA-made JAE-G2 stock for it:

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p54/Fasanoland/JAE%20rifles/_MG_7356.jpg