SOLD FOR: $2,925.00
Title: Springfield Armory Model M25 M-25 Carlos Hathcock White Feather W.F. WF Tactical, Parkerized 26”
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M25 White Feather Tactical
Serial Number: WF0412
Year of Manufacture: 2001 – 2009
Caliber: .308 Winchester
Action Type: Semi-Automatic Rifle with Removable Magazine
Markings: The heel of the receiver is marked “US RIFLE M25 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / WF0412”. The left side of the receiver is marked with a feather in the center of scope crosshairs. Around this are the words “CARLOS HATHCOCK” and “LONG TRANG” and marked with the facsimile signature of “CARLOS HATHCOCK II”. The top of the bolt body is marked “7790186 / HRT A10 / VS”. The recoil pad is marked “MCMILLAN”. The right side of the barrel is marked “KRIEGER BARRELS E058521 .308 1-10”. The underside of the bolt is marked “0412” in electro-pencil. The trigger assembly is marked “7267030-I” and with “0412” in electro pencil. The hammer is marked SA 5546008”. The underside of the bipod is marked with an “L” and “HARRIS 1A2 / ULTRALIGHT / AC”.
Barrel Length: 22” from the bolt face to the muzzle; 26” to the end of the muzzle brake.
Sights / Optics: here are no iron sights. The top of the receiver is fitted with 6 1/4” of Picatinny rail that has 15 slots cut for mounting an optic.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The rifle has a McMillan M3A black fiberglass stock that is adjustable for length of pull (LOP) with an adjustable cheek piece. The metal upper hand guard is black and textured; the stock’s forend and grip are heavily textured for grip. The pistol grip and forearm have a heavy texture. The stock is bolted and glass bedded to the action. It comes with spacers for adjusting length of pull, an adjustable check piece, Harris bipod, three sling swivel studs, and a metal nose cap. The cheek piece is metal with a soft rubber finish; it rises a maximum of 1-1/2” from the top of the stock’s comb. The stock’s grip drops nearly vertical and is 1.98” wide. There are light handling marks on the stock with some scratches through the black paint at the belly, butt of the grip and left side of the stock. The LOP measures 14 ¾” from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad; the pad and spacers have angled grind marks from fitting. The stock rates in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharply defined and deep; we were unable to measure M.E. because of the muzzle brake. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows some scratches on the barrel’s right side along with some sparse patches of darkening finish; please see our photographs. The magazine well of the trigger group has scuffs and edge thinning. There is some loss of finish on the bolt body and small areas where metal interacts during operation. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. From http://www.tactical-life.com/firearms/gun-test-springfield-armory-m25-whitefeather-308/ : “The Springfield Armory M25 is built as a custom rifle. Features include a receiver with a rear lug designed to join with a bolt in the stock to securely lock the action and stock together. The stock is a McMillan M3A, which allows adjustment for LOP (length-of-pull) via the use of spacers and for cheek rest position via a knob, which may be loosened to raise or lower the cheek piece. A Krieger heavy carbon steel match barrel of 22 inches with 1-in-10-inch twist is standard for the M25, though a stainless steel Krieger match barrel is available as well. The relatively long muzzle brake/stabilizer is well designed to channel gases upwards so that dirt is not thrown up when shooting prone. One real aid to precision shooting is the two-stage match trigger, which comes from the factory set around 2.5 to 3 pounds, but it may be adjusted between 1.5 and 4.75 pounds. Other aids to accuracy include a welded, custom match gas system, a lapped and fitted bolt, pillar glass bedding, and a custom match op rod spring guide.” The trigger on this rifle is extremely smooth and breaks at about 1lb 15oz.
We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with one 10-round magazine that is unmarked. It shows minor wear consistent with insertion and extraction. It is in about Excellent condition. Also included is a Harris brand Model 1A2 Ultralight bipod that is adjustable and mounts to the forward sling stud (though it can fit on any QD sling stud on the rifle). The bipod rates in about Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: The Springfield Armory M25 “White Feather” Tactical is no longer in production, but now you have the chance to own one. This is a NICE tactical rifle. All you need is a scope and you are the envy of everyone at the range. The trigger is set at about 1lb 15oz with a smooth first stage and crisp match grade break. The rifle honors Vietnam era sniper Carlos Hathcock II. This was a man who hunted down the enemy. If you aren’t familiar with him check out this book http://www.amazon.com/Marine-Sniper-93-Confirmed-Kills/dp/0425103552. More on the rifle from http://www.tactical-life.com/firearms/gun-test-springfield-armory-m25-whitefeather-308/ . The M25 is guaranteed to shoot 1/2-MOA (minute of angle) at 100 yards when it leaves the factory. That’s very accurate for any rifle but especially for a self-loading one. Although the M25 comes with a 10-round magazine, the rifle will also take 20-round M-14 magazines; magazines for this pattern rifle have been made for decades, making for relative availability and fair pricing. When shooting prone or from a rest, the 10-round magazine is generally more desirable. Speaking of magazines, in typical M14/M1A fashion, the magazine has to be rocked into place in the magazine well. The magazine release is the standard small paddle/lever in front of the trigger guard. The safety is also of M14/M1A type and protrudes back into the trigger guard when on safe. The M25 is a big, heavy rifle. The Krieger match barrel is 22” in length. Overall length of the M25 is 46” and weight is 12.7 pounds without the scope. With scope and rings, the M25 package will approach 15 pounds. The rifle also comes with a Harris bipod which will make a difference at a distance. Please see our photographs and make your New Years resolution a ½ MOA grouping!