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Hi,

I just stripped and cleaned my new M1A NM and when I put it back together I noticed that when I squeezed the plastic handguard together with the front of the stock, the stock moved about 1/8'' towards the handguard. When I let go the stock went back with some tension.

Is this normal or should it not be able to move at all?

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Connor
 

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Did the receiver move? Did the trigger group move?
 

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Yes, it's normal to have some draw on the stock. Also should be clearance between stock and handguard. I grind the handguards using a belt sander when I build them. You don't want the interface you exert pressure on the barrel. When the rifle heats up the stock may swell a bit. You need clearance. Everything is as it should be for a NM accurized rifle.
 
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