SOLD FOR: $4050
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1A Super Match
Serial Number: 276122
Year of Manufacture: December, 2011 (confirmed with Springfield)
Caliber: .308 Winchester (7.62x51mm, 7.62 NATO)
Action Type: Gas Operated Semi Automatic, Magazine Fed
Markings: The rear of the receiver is marked “US RIFLE M1A / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 276122”. The top of the bolt is marked “7790186-SA / F00234” and the bottom is marked “S2” with “6122” hand-scribed. The right side of the front sight assembly is marked “NM 062”, the top of the rear sight aperture is marked “595”. The top of the barrel at the front is marked “SM 308 SS”, the right under the op rod is marked “SPRINGFIELD INC. GENESEO, IL”. The left of the trigger group is hand-scribed “6122”. The oprod is marked “7267054-2 / SA”.
Barrel Length: 22″
Sights / Optics: The National Match front sight is a bladed post set between 2 protective ears. The rear sight is a hooded 0.0595? aperture adjustable for windage and elevation in 1/2 MOA increments. The left of the receiver has provision for mounting a scope with a stripper-clip guide installed in a dovetail on the top of the receiver between the rear sight and ejection port. Side mounted is a Swan picatinny rail, no optic is installed or included.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a synthetic McMillan M1A stock with Forest Camo finish, folding checkered steel buttplate with trap door underneath (the stock does not have a compartment cut under the trapdoor), sling swivels front and rear, and the rifle also has a brown synthetic handguard. The stock has scattered minor wear and light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has very minor wear. The stock is in Fine-Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized & Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. The rifling is sharp & deep. There is no erosion. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is minor operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are intact. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes in a tan plastic carry case with a single 10-round and two 20-round magazines. Please note, magazines will only be included which can be legally transferred to the winning bidder.
The flash-suppressor/front-sight assembly has been removed for California compliance, but is included.
Our Assessment: From Springfield’s website: “If domination on the firing line is what you’re after, the M1A™ Super Match from Springfield Armory® is the tool you need. The Super Match is the culmination of unsurpassed workmanship and all the best competition-legal features you can pack into a match rifle. The rear-lugged action of the Super Match is masterfully glass bedded into an oversized stock. At the core of the Super Match’s unparalleled performance is the heavy match Douglas barrel. These oversized match barrels are the heaviest possible match-legal barrels that can fit in the M1A™, and they feature a 1 in 10 twist that gives optimal performance for the .308 match bullets we recommend. The Super Match also features a National Match recoil spring guide and a match-tuned gas cylinder. Add the match tuned 4.5 – 5lb two-stage trigger, .0595” hooded rear aperture (½ MOA adjustable) and .062” front sight, and the resultant rifle will blow away the competition with its precision and accuracy. If you’re ready to take your match performance to the highest possible levels, then you’re ready to dominate with the M1A™ Super Match.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. This is one of the finest M1A pattern rifles made and is in Excellent condition with signs of light use. The rifle comes from the personal collection of Colby Donaldson, host of the television series Top Shot and other reality competition shows on the History network. Colby has informed us that he purchased this rifle directly from Springfield Armory and has fired 20 rounds through it.
Colby has put this rifle up for auction with 50% of the winning bid going to the Mike Rowe Works Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship. Mike Rowe Works provides scholarships that help applicants enrolled in programs such as Automotive or Aviation Technology, Carpentry, Construction, Farming & Agriculture, HVAC, Pipefitting, Plumbing and Welding. You can learn more about the program on their website, https://www.mikeroweworks.org/scholarship/. The lucky winner of this auction isn’t just getting an outstanding rifle, they’re helping scholarship applicants to receive training for careers that are in demand across America and require hard work. Please see our photos and good luck!