Can you tell me about Springfield Armory M1A Bush rifles. How long have they been made ? Good shooters ? Any troubles with them ? How do you like your ? etc...
Don't know the dates but the "bush" model preceded the current "scout" model, afaik the only difference is the barrel-mounted forward optic mount.
I have a Bush serial shows it to be 1992, trigger not as nice as my National Match but the balance is very nice on it. Only put 2 mags thru it to
sight in, been keeping it as an investment. I actually prefer the 22" barrel for some reason, maybe not as loud when shooting.
Originally Posted By 22mike:
Can you tell me about Springfield Armory M1A Bush rifles. How long have they been made?
The M1A "Bush" models were offered as various factory catalog models from 1981 to 1999 with a brief revival in 2002 and 2003. Some models had folding stocks and the rest had fixed stocks. The M1A Bush model chief characteristics were an 18 " barrel and a flash suppressor. These models were marketed as M1A-A1 Assault, M1A-A1, M1A-A1 Bush, and M1A Bush. Here's a list of the known factory models for the M1A Bush series:
AA9101M1A-A1 / M1A-A1 Bush with USGI stock
AA9102M1A-A1 / M1A-A1 Bush with commercial walnut stock
AA9103M1A-A1 with oversized walnut stock
AA9104M1A-A1 with oversized brown or camouflage fiberglass stock
AA9104M1A-A1 / M1A Bush with black or mossy oak fiberglass stock
AA9105M1A-A1 with fancy walnut stock
AA9106M1A-A1 Bush with black synthetic stock
AA9108M1A-A1 with birch M14E2 stock
AA9109M1A-A1 with walnut M14E2 stock
AA9110M1A-A1 / M1A Bush with folding stock
AA9115M1A-A1 with Shaw standard walnut stock
AA9116M1A-A1 with Shaw E2 walnut stock
AA9116M1A-A1 Bush with black wood laminate stock
AA9117M1A-A1 with camouflage USGI fiberglass stock
AA9119M1A-A1 with USGI fiberglass stock
As I recall, the "Bush Rifle" was introduced by Springfield in 1981. I think they called it the M1A-A1 back then . I got mine in 1983 and it came as a package with a folding stock, nylon case, cleaning kit and a couple of extra mags. I traded off the folding stock for a standard military issue M-14 stock as I didn't like the feel of the folding stock at all. I eventually swapped the wood stock out for a synthetic one with another member here on the board.
I was just given a SA Gen 3 scope mount for mine, so I am going to see how that works out (They don't have a good rep). I am also thinking about adding an adapter so I can mount a Harris bipod.
Beat me to it....!