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Mystical M14/M1A

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The mystique of the M14/M1A rifle draws me to understand every part of it. And what better way to better understand something other than by modifying it or trying to make it better... in this case a bit more accurate.

I decided to take a new SA Loaded Standard M1A and make it as NM ready as possible without the benefit of bedding the stock/receiver.

The SA Loaded Standard M1A comes with:
NM Flash Hider
NM Med. Contour Barrel
NM Trigger Assembly
NM Front Sight and NM unhooded Rear Sight

These are items that will be installed/modified or replacing the original:
WhamoCamo Synthetic Stock (no bedding but all other NM mods)
NM Unitized Gas Cylinder
NM Polished Gas Piston (not received yet from FA)
NM Op Rod Spring Guide
NM Hooded Rear Sight Aperture (not received yet from FA)
ARMS #18 Scope Mount
ARMS #22 Scope Rings
SA 6-20 X 56mm Mil-Dot Scope
Harris Bipod Adapter (Custom Installed)
Harris Bipod (BR-1A)
DSA Cheek Rest

Reference Sources and Material:
KuhnHausen M1 Garand/M14 Shop Manuals 1&2
Scott Duff's book - M14
Battlerifles.Com Forum
SparrowHawk.Com Forum

I have not completed this project yet, but I believe that I will be able to test the performance of this rifle against a factory SA NM rifle soon...

This endeavor would not be possible without the help and advice that I have received from members of this discussion group and BR.Com. I wanted to express my appreciation and gratitude for helping me better understand this wonderful rifle we call the M14 or M1A. The appeal is truly "mystical"... :lol:

Again, Thank You everyone, and I would like to wish all of you and your families a...

Merry Christmas and a Blessed Holidays!!! :lol:

Tom O.
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Bedding in Wood vs. Fiberglass

Looks like if I am going to get serious about this service rifle competition I better figure on bedding my M1A.
I am currently shooting a SA M1A "Loaded" in a walnut stock that has not been touched other than cleaning. What kind of work is involved in getting the wood stock ready for bedding? Is this somthing I could tackle myself or is it best left to the pro's? Is it better to go with a new glass stock so weather is not an issue?

By the way those rifles are FANTASTIC :!:

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No Bedding This Year

Thanks for the repley. I had planned on adding the NM hooded rear sight for this season. I have ordered Scott Duffs book as of today and plan on wearing the pages out. I think since I am very GREEN at the compitition thing I will keep the changes to a minimum and possibly add a couple other NM parts but work mainly on my hand loads and my own consistancy on the firing line, BUT :? maybe there will be bedding for the '06 season
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