Springfield Armory M1A Loaded Stainless .308 & Box

SOLD FOR: $1,325.00

Make: Springfield Armory

Model: M1A Loaded Stainless

Serial Number: 140067

Year of Manufacture: 2002 (https://m14forum.com/reference/6748-sa-inc-m1a-serial-number-born-date-database-000001-100000-a.html)

Caliber: .308 Win

Action Type: Semi-Automatic with Detachable Magazine

Markings: The rear of the receiver Is marked “US RIFLE M1A / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 140067”. The top of the barrel is marked “NM .308-SS” and the barrel is marked “SPRINGFIELD INC. GENESEO IL” under the operating rod. The top of the bolt is marked “7790186-SA / B00039”. The operating rod is marked “7267064-2 / SA”. The trigger housing is marked “7267030-I”.

Barrel Length: 22 ”

Sights / Optics: The rear sight is an aperture adjustable for windage and elevation. The front sight is a National Match 062.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The upper handguard is brown polymer. The stock is smooth walnut. The handguard has only minimal handling marks. The stock has some very minor compressions from storage and light handling. The rifle does not appear to have been used much and well respected.

Type of Finish: Parkerized Receiver, Stainless Steel Barrel

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is deep. There is no erosion.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. It doesn’t appear to have seen much use. There is slight operational wear on the rear of the bolt and the operating rod-channel. Overall, this rifle is in Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle.

Box, Paperwork& Accessories: There are two 10 round Magazines, a leather sling, field manual, and factory box.

Our Assessment: We wonder why such a nice rifle never gets used. The stock has a few minor handling mars that are easily overlooked. The overall finish is Excellent with the slightest operational wear, in our opinion, only from checking the mechanics and for safe handling. A little history on this model of rifle:

In 1962, the government’s Springfield Armory was instructed to create some modified M14-based rifles for competition use. The guns were to have a number of modifications which basically worked toward the same end: The new rifles would have no full-automatic fire selector nor any means for accommodating one. Despite complying with BATF guidelines for a rifle readily suitable for sale to civilians, the gun ran afoul of DCM’s Maj. Gen. Nelson M. Lynde. Gen. Lynde felt the new rifles were not DCM-compliant as they could not be converted back to military issue configuration in the event of a national emergency.

However, in 1974 the then-newly formed Springfield Armory (now Springfield, Inc.) resurrected the design and petitioned for its approval for competition use. This time DCM relented with the stipulation that the company maintains the outward appearance of the M14 (except for the selector switch). Springfield Armory agreed. It dubbed the rifle the M1A and apprehensively brought it to market.

Ultimately we are very thankful that they did make this available to the civilian market. These rifles are extremely accurate and pleasant to shoot. The few accessories with this rifle make for a great starter package and if you don’t already have one (or even if you do) you should really consider bidding. We see a lot of these come through the shop, few in this condition.

CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle CAN be transferred/sold in California.

Springfield Armory M1A Loaded Stainless .308 & Box
Springfield Armory M1A Loaded Stainless .308 & Box