I was at a local gun store tonight and found two National Match built M1A’s. I would like to get opinions on these rifles. What rifle do you think is a better rifle? The Clint Fowler rifle is priced $300.00 higher then the Smith Enterprise.
The first is a Smith Enterprise serial number 1798. This is a rear lugged national match with a Krieger barrel. I don’t think that it is a forged receiver, because I did not see it marked “Forged” anywhere on the receiver. It has a synthetic stock that is painted black over a camo pattern. It kind of looks like a McMillan, but it has holes for a stock liner in the side. The stock liner was removed when it was bedded.
The second rifle is a Clint Fowler built National Match Rifle. This rifle is Springfield Armory serial number 036588 and is a double lug rifle. The synthetic stock has different shape in the grip area then what I have seen before and is painted black.
I compete in service rifle matches with an AR-15, but have always wanted a National Match M1A. I am considering selling my LRB with all GI parts to be able to buy one of these rifles even though I told myself I would never sell my LRB.