April 3rd, 2018

M14 and M1A — Battle Rifle and Civilian Version Reviewed

M14 rifle Springfield M1A camp perry Shooting Sports USA

“Descended from the M1 Garand, the M14 utilized multiple improvements that made it a far superior firearm for combat and a much better rifle for competition.” — Dick Jones, Shooting Sports USA.

In the April 2018 issue of Shooting Sports USA, you’ll find a good article on the civilian version of the M14, now sold commercially as the Springfield M1A. An evolution of the battle-proven M1 Garand, the M14 was designed to shoot the 7.62×51 (.308 Win) round instead of the larger .30-06 Springfield cartridge used in WWI, WWII and Korea. While the vast majority of today’s M1As are chambered for .308 Win/7.62×51, Springfield Armory also produces a 6.5 Creedmoor version.

Dick Jones reports that accurized M14/M1As could post remarkable scores: “The accuracy potential of the M14/M1A is unquestionable. During their reign as service rifles, they produced multiple perfect 200 scores at 600 and 1000 yards in the hands of top shooters. This is a difficult feat with a modern, scoped, magnum-caliber rifle and remarkable with an iron-sighted battle rifle. Good competition rifles can group 10 shots under one MOA, and the meticulously-massaged rifles used by the top shooters during my career would consistently put up 10 shots under an inch at 200 yards off a test cradle.”

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For many years, the semi-auto version of the M14 was “top dog” in iron sights Service Rifle competition. Now that discipline is dominated by .223 Rem (5.56×45) AR-type rifles, but the bigger .308-caliber rifle, now sold as the M1A, remains popular. The CMP hosts a major M1A Match every year at Camp Perry, sponsored by Springfield Armory. Significant prizes are awarded. M1A Match competitors took home over $25,000 worth of cash and merchandise in 2016.

M14 rifle Springfield M1A camp perry Shooting Sports USA
Photo courtesy Civilian Marksmanship Program.

In this video, YouTube Reviewer Hickok 45 compares the M1 Garand and the M14/M1A:

See how the modern M1A is built in this Springfield Armory Video:

As racing improves automobiles, competition improves firearms, and the current crop of Springfield M1As, from the Basic to the top-of-the-line Super Match and Loaded models, reflects the years of development. The M14 and its variants are still in service today and it’s still considered by many to be the best battle rifle in the history of the U.S. Military. — Dick Jones, Shooting Sports USA

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April 3rd, 2018

Doom to Small Varmints — 2000 Rounds of 17 HMR for $339.00

Bulk 17 HMR ammo deal

For blastin’ small varmints (such as ground squirrels) out to 200 yards or so, it is hard to beat the little 17 HMR rimfire cartridge. Yes there are much more powerful centerfire varmint rounds, and the newer 17 WSM rimfire offers more velocity, but the 17 HMR offers a winning combination of accuracy and affordability, plus there are many excellent 17 HMR factory rifles with a variety of stock options. We like the Savage A17 with thumbhole stock. Volquartsen also makes fine 17 HMR rigs, including this rifle belonging to Top Shot Champion Dustin Ellermann. Dustin says this rig has shot half-MOA groups at 100 yards with CCI A17 ammunition.

Dustin Ellermann 17 HMR varmint Rifle

For Those Serious Varmint Safaris — 2000 Rounds of 17 HMR
Fans of the 17 HMR who shoot a lot of rounds during varmint season should rejoice at this latest offer from Midsouth Shooters Supply — 2000 rounds of Hornady 17 HMR V-Max for $339.00. That’s a very good deal that works out to $8.47 per 50-round box. This Hornady ammo typically sells for about $11-$12 per box ($11.69 at MidwayUSA), so you can see this is a very attractive offer. 2000 rounds may seem like a lot, but we’ve shot up to 400 rounds in a single afternoon on a West Coast Squirrel Safari.

Bulk 17 HMR ammo deal

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