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Posted: 1/29/2006 10:48:53 AM EDT
I am a new poster, but have been reading for a while. I am in California, so my choices for a rifle are somewhat limited. I have decided on an M1A, but have been reading some differing opinions on the "just go out a get the SA model you want" type purchase. here's what I want to know:

Do those of you that don't like SA think it is possable the quality issues are hit and miss, or is it overall just bad?
Are after market complete guns the way to go, or get any M1A, and rebuild it?
What is the accuracy difference between 22, 18, and 16" barrels?
Chrome linned way better?

Botton line, do I have to become an expert, pay out hte nose and wait a year, or can I get a quallity M1A and stay married?

Thanks in advance,

Link Posted: 1/29/2006 12:25:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NapaNick:
What is the accuracy difference between 22, 18, and 16" barrels?
Chrome linned way better?


Personally, I think there is probably little accuracy differences between the barrel lenghts. Barrel lenght determines the velocity of the bullet, muzzle flash, and recoil.

If you can get a chrome-lined barrel, I would go for it, this will extend your barrel life.
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 1:06:01 PM EDT
SA Inc, will be hit or miss. But they stand by their product, so if you have a quality control issue, they will make it right for you.

As for what you want...
SA Inc, is a good quality rifle. Reasonably priced for this type of weapon.
I recommend a Chrome bore & chamber. I would tell you USGI Barrel, but they are scarce and expensive. There are also other manufacturers and cost will be a factor. If you can find an older SA Inc M1A, you will have better chance of getting USGI parts and a USGI BArrel.

Other rifle makers like LRB Arms and Smith Enterprise, are quality M14 manufacturers. They will cost more, but are top of the line. You will get what you pay for.
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 4:03:01 PM EDT
Look for an older mostly all USGI SA rifle that has not been used much. $1200 is around the going rate. The more USGI there is, the better off you are.
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 4:46:17 PM EDT
You loose unnoticable velocity in a shorter barrel ,that won't change the accuracy,but IMHO you loose a bit of accuracy in a shorter sight radius.

Link Posted: 1/29/2006 8:09:27 PM EDT
good topic. I was actually going to ask the same questions. Where is a good resource for these guns?
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 4:22:11 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/30/2006 4:22:42 AM EDT by Zaitev]
Welcome to the board,

If you can become an expert without having an M1A, I salute you. There is a bunch of info-overload, but once you can apply it to a rifle in your hands it makes it much easier.

1. You will pay through the nose.
2. You will pay even more a year from now.

I suggest the classic M-14 look, but then I am biased. You WILL NOT regret buying one now.
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