A decent commercial M1 clone.... but overpriced for what you get. An old refinished parts kit built up onto a new commercial receiver, a Boyd wood set, and a Wilson barrel.
Do yourself a favor... buy a Rack Grade SA Greek return from the CMP for $295 and send it out to West Texas Ordnance (or DGR, or GarandGuy, or Orion7...others) for a little work.
New Wilson barrel in .308 or 30-06, installed $225
Complete refinish of all metal $75
New set of Boyd's wood $90 (from Midway USA)
Add this all up and you have invested $685 in an M1 that is EVERYTHING the SA clone is and more.... AND you now have a rifle built on a USGI receiver. None better.
Oh... and a bonus. You can sell the old barrel and wood on E-bay and recover a few bucks on your original investment.
What's the SA clone sell for??? I've heard from $900 up to $1300.
Just my opinion.... ;)
They are not decent, they are junk. They are over $1k, The op rods crack (even Shotgun News published a photo of that). On top of that....
Receivers cast in I believe Australia. Not forged, not US.
Current bolts used in M1A rifles and Garands are also cast and it's done in Eastern Europe.
Buy a GI Garand for $500.
After what I have gone through in the last year with SA and my M1A, I will never buy anything from them again
What Patriot said +100.
In the defense of Springfield, I purchased an M1 (7million serial # range) new from them back in 1986 for $500. The only thing non USGI about it is the barrel. In the 18 years that I have owned her, I've put about 1000 rounds through her without a hitch. Never a jam or a failure to feed. I don't know about the new ones but mine has always functioned flawlessly. Unfortunately, I'm planning on selling her to buy a BAR from Ohio Ordnance.
For a little over $500, order a CMP HRA Service Grade!