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After seeing posts of gems found in pawn shops, I figured it might be wise to make the rounds about once a week. This week it paid off. I found Springfield Inc #074131 with a price tag of $1019.95. After showing interest, the pawn broker said i could have it for $1000-out the door. I noticed the GI bolt, NM characteristics, and early serial number and quickly agreed to buy it. It came with a hard case, front and rear sight protectors, and two GI magazines (KMT and BRW). I built my first M1A earlier this year and was beginning to gather parts for another build. You cant even build one for a grand, so this one was impossible to pass up.
Here is a brief parts breakdown:
SA Inc rear lugged receiver
HRT bolt
TRW trigger housing
SA hammer
SA op rod
NM rear sight
Unitized gas system
Reamed flash suppressor w bayo lug
Bedded composite stock
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/usngm2sw/DSC00408.jpg
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/usngm2sw/DSC00409.jpg
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/usngm2sw/receiverheel.jpg
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/usngm2sw/barrelmarkings3best.jpg
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/usngm2sw/bolt2.jpg
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/usngm2sw/stock.jpg
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/usngm2sw/stockmarkings.jpg
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/usngm2sw/rearlugscrew.jpg
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/usngm2sw/triggerandsear.jpg
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/usngm2sw/unitizedgassystem.jpg
http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/usngm2sw/oprodspringguide.jpg

A few questions for the experts:
-Did this rifle leave the factory in this configuration?
-Who made the barrel? It appears to be medium or heavy weight and the only markings I can see (without removing the handguard which is bedded to the front band) are 1 10 308 WIN 3 94 10 35T
-Should I remove the gas cylinder/front band/hand guard assembly for cleaning? It looks to have been bedded in place.
-Whats with the file/grind marks on the trigger/sear and the extractor?
-Who made the stock?
-What type of op rod spring guide do i have?
-What is a reasonable estimate on value? I'm in the dog house right now and I need to show my old lady I didnt just blow a thousand dollars on a rifle...one of which I already own (they never seem to understand that).USN2

Thanks,
Will
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Op rod spring guide looks like BPT (Brookfield Precision Tool). You can definitely sell it for at least a few hundred more than you paid, but alot depends on the condition. I'm also gonna guess the filing on the trigger group was done to make it a lighter break. That is the fast cheap adjustment, and I would say it hurts the value, but only slightly, if the rest checks out solid.
 

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I think you got took, sell it to me for 1200 and make your lady happy you can take her to nice dinner with the profit.... lol

Nice find, looks like a McMillan stock. Most likely the tube is Barnett barrel heavy contour. The rifle should be ready to go to matches just the way it is. Tell the lady you did very well and can recoup your money and then some if you so desire to let it in the future. On the other hand buy more firearms till she loses count, then she will never know the difference if you add another.

Post some range reports.
 

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It's got the National Match sights and spring guide, a trigger job, a Springfield Armory, Inc. rear lugged receiver, what looks like a Krieger or Barnett medium-heavy barrel, and a bedding job. I'd guess it probably came from the factory as a National Match model. You should be able to verify that through SAI by sending them the serial number. Assuming the barrel isn't too worn, it should be a good shooter.
 

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Nice buy, now go out and shoot it! I found a very similar rifle with almost the same features as that one but w/o the lug, Mcmillan camo stock and I paid $1400 and thought that was a screamin deal. You did good.

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The barrel apears too be a Dougles tube finnished machined by Gene Barnett.

And you did very well for price, a McMillian stock runs almost $500. rear lugged reciever are close as well, factor in the rest of the parts/bedding and assembly and you came out very well ahead.


Nice catch!! I tell people there are deals too be had out there, you just have to be Johnny with the cash.
 

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The lost art of Research is doing great...

Just a smoking deal you found USNGM2sw. Get to the range and enjoy your new find and post a range report soon.DI5
 

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op rod spring guide looks like bpt (brookfield precision tool). You can definitely sell it for at least a few hundred more than you paid, but alot depends on the condition. I'm also gonna guess the filing on the trigger group was done to make it a lighter break. That is the fast cheap adjustment, and i would say it hurts the value, but only slightly, if the rest checks out solid.
The spring guide is NOT, I repeat, NOT Brookfield Precision Tool product.
 

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What a great find. Overall you did great and cannot lose on the $$ invested. Best of all, you did not hesitate too long and let someone else walk away with it.
 

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It's got the National Match sights and spring guide, a trigger job, a Springfield Armory, Inc. rear lugged receiver, what looks like a Krieger or Barnett medium-heavy barrel, and a bedding job. I'd guess it probably came from the factory as a National Match model. You should be able to verify that through SAI by sending them the serial number. Assuming the barrel isn't too worn, it should be a good shooter.

The lack of 7.62mm stamped on the heel above the SN, and the fact that the barrel is marked .308 leads me to believe that SAI made this rifle as is. With your other embelishments lead me to believe it is a SAI Supermatch. If the barrel isn't shot out, this would be a screaming deal. Appears to be a pre-ban also. Anyway call SAI to start your search on its history. dozier
 

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Thanks for the replies, guys. I'm giving her thorough cleaning tonight, and hopefully I can shoot her tomorrow or Friday.
I don't have any gauges to check ME/TE but the bore is pristine...mirror bright with sharp lands and grooves. I'm going to get in touch with SAI to check on the history.
I knew I would regret it if I let this one go. This was definitely a lucky find!
 

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any ideas?
it is made after the old amtu method, but not very professional,

cut gi guide silver soldered and pinned. And like those made that way, The nose is worn off.

Best to replace with a sadlak guide.

Will cause feed and mag retension problems, soon, if not already.
 
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it is made after the old amtu method, but not very professional,

cut gi guide silver solderd and pinned. And like those made that way The nose is worn off.

Best to replace with a sadlak guide.

Will cause feed and mag retension problems, soon, if not already.
Thanks

Which do you think is better...Brookfield or Sadlak?
 

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which do you think is better...BROOKFIELD or sadlak?
well, that is a hard one to answer, lol! I will have to go with the BROOKFIELD since i made them. Here is the rub, i have not made them in 13 years, not available on open market. Best alternative in marketplace imo is the SADLAK.

Barrel is a heavy Barnett 1-10 twist made in 94.

I don't think springfield put it together as it is. Looks like an amu armorer did the job, i think i may know who but will decline to say. Don't think it came from factory as a lugged reciever either. There are some markings on tube that are missing that would let me conclude builder.

Understand other than the tube, the rest of my opinion is pure speculation based on photographs..
 
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