Serial number is 035xxx. Supposedly a National Match, which puts this as an '85 or '84 model year correct? It has 1/4 clicks on the rear sight, anything else to look for? Just trying to ID what this M1A actually is.
I don't believe that S.A. had National Match model numbers as such in the early 1980's as they do today.
I have a 1982 model built by Glenn Nelson. I understand that he did the custom or match conditioning work for SA for some time.
Purchase the rifle on it's own merits and not on it designation.
Stock type - GI profile, medium or heavy match type?
Bedding - quality and type
Receiver - rear lugged or not?
Barrel - type, wear (chamber and muzzle) weight
Main parts - GI?, extent of wear (op-rod tab)
Gas System - Unitized? How? (welded, screw & glue)
Flash Hider - reamed?
Match type spring guide?
Sights - NM 2A base?
Trigger - tuned? weight?
Take these all together and decide if the rifle as it is constructed is worth the money.
Well to be fair the rifle is free. It's a gift, purchased back in '95 and labeled as a National Match. I haven't taken it apart to see any bedding. It was purchased and never shot, and now it's been handed on down the line. So whatever it is, it's at the right price, just looking for a starting off point. The trigger is a touch on the heavy side, but there's no take up or slack. Pressure, break. That in and of itself is alright.
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