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Well, it's the final configuration for now anyway. :lol: I don't have any other plans for it, but never know what might pop into my head later down the line.

This rifle shoots like a dream.

 

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Flea, that is one boss rifle! A lot of these turn out like Frankenrifles - yours really looks cool - very nicely integrated - not too many gaps, etc.

A few questions, if you'll indulge us (okay, me): What mount & mount manufacturer did you use for the optics rail, and what scope/reticle combination? Is that a rail section above the pistol grip - what is the purpose of a rail there (if any)? Did you build it yourself, or have a gunsmith do it? How's the accuracy? Any internal mods?
 

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Flea, that is one boss rifle! A lot of these turn out like Frankenrifles - yours really looks cool - very nicely integrated - not too many gaps, etc.

A few questions, if you'll indulge us (okay, me): What mount & mount manufacturer did you use for the optics rail, and what scope/reticle combination? Is that a rail section above the pistol grip - what is the purpose of a rail there (if any)? Did you build it yourself, or have a gunsmith do it? How's the accuracy? Any internal mods?
Thanks for the compliment! Yeah, I'm not a big fan of the Frankerifles that have every accessory known to man hangin' off it. Whatever I put on my rifles is practical. Such as the foregrip that came on my 556 SWAT that has the tactical light and laser on it.... I took that off and replaced it with a Grip Pod System so I could have a bipod and a foregrip. I figured that would be more useful for me. As far as this M1A goes, I seriously doubt there will be anything else put on the rails. Only other thing I would ever hang off it would be a sling.

The scope mount is a Sadlak Industries aluminum mount. The scope rings are US Optics low rings. The scope is a Leupold Mark 4 4.5-14x50 with an illuminated Tactical Milling Reticle (TMR). I had a gunsmith install the stuff for me, because I didn't have the tools necessary to take the entire rifle apart. The internals are all still what came with the Springfield Loaded M1A. The accuracy is better than I can shoot. I used the scope for the first time yesterday, and I could shoot the bullseye no problem at 100 yards. I also shot at 200 yards for the very first time ever, and was able to put one shot in the bullseye (I only shot a few rounds at that distance). The rail above the grip is so you can mount a bipod on it in case you ever needed to shoot the rifle upside down. lmao! I have no idea what that little rail is for. Oh and the Sadlak scope mount has a channel cut through the center so the iron sights can still be used.

I think I answered all your questions. If you have anymore, feel free to ask. :)
 

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Does the Sadlak mount REALLY not interfere with the irons?
What's it retail for?
 

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Does the Sadlak mount REALLY not interfere with the irons?
What's it retail for?
With the cheek rest all the way down, it's a perfect cheek weld for the iron sights. When I shot it yesterday, the scope was pretty far off when I first shot it. I then lowered the cheek rest down and fired with the iron sights while the scope was still mounted. I had no trouble at all seein' through the rear sight to the front sight. Retail for the aluminum Sadlak mount is $155. They make four types of mounts, and the one I got is the least expensive.

Here's a picture from the Sadlak website.

 

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Here's the best picture I could take of lookin' through the iron sights with the scope mounted. As you can see, there is nothin' blockin' the view. It's exactly how I wanted it, 'cause you never know when somethin' might happen to the scope.



I have my irons zeroed at 25 yards and the scope zeroed at 100 yards.
 

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Is that a Tangodown bipod? I have been kicking around getting one for my FNAR and ditching the Harris bipod. I would only do that if it was really worth the extra bones.
 

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Is that a Tangodown bipod? I have been kicking around getting one for my FNAR and ditching the Harris bipod. I would only do that if it was really worth the extra bones.
Yeah, it's the TangoDown. I like it. I can't compare it to the Harris, though, since I've never had one. I liked the simplicity of the TangoDown. No springs or anything to worry about.

I got mine at Botach Tactical. They have it for $129.95, and you can get another 10% off if you put "stimulus" as the coupon code on the order form.
 

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...that's an awesome package Flea...

...good luck with her !

...BTW...nice scope !
 

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...that's an awesome package Flea...

...good luck with her !
Thanks. You think I can make it any better by replacin' any internals, or you think it's best just to shoot it as is until parts wear out. The rifle shoots great already, but I figure why not make it even better if I can? Then again, I'm sure that since the stock is the only thing that's changed, it's still covered under the Springfield lifetime warranty.....
 

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Flea said:
You think I can make it any better by replacin' any internals, or you think it's best just to shoot it as is until parts wear out.
...i would just shoot it until you can pass it on to your grandchildren... :lol:
 

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Flea said:
You think I can make it any better by replacin' any internals, or you think it's best just to shoot it as is until parts wear out.
...i would just shoot it until you can pass it on to your grandchildren... :lol:
Good advice. :)
 

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Thanks for the responses, Flea! I love your line about shooting the gun upside down with that trick rail over the grip - must be since you have to clean these upside down (to keep solvents, etc. out of the gas tube)! Or maybe its for when you're rappeling face first and have to shoot hanging upside down!

All kidding aside, boss rifle! Your gunsmitty did some solid work on it.

You have some quality accessories on there - good choices all. How do you like that Leupold with the illuminated TMR? I have the same scope on my Remington 700P - mildot but no illuminated reticle. I was thinking I might order one for my 22" barrel M1A for low light/twilight. You like yours?
 

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Thanks for the responses, Flea! I love your line about shooting the gun upside down with that trick rail over the grip - must be since you have to clean these upside down (to keep solvents, etc. out of the gas tube)! Or maybe its for when you're rappeling face first and have to shoot hanging upside down!

All kidding aside, boss rifle! Your gunsmitty did some solid work on it.

You have some quality accessories on there - good choices all. How do you like that Leupold with the illuminated TMR? I have the same scope on my Remington 700P - mildot but no illuminated reticle. I was thinking I might order one for my 22" barrel M1A for low light/twilight. You like yours?
I've only used the scope once, but so far, I love it. When I was out at the range with my buddy, I turned on the reticle to show him how it lit up. Well, the crosshairs didn't turn red, so I assumed that maybe I drained the batteries by accidentally leavin' it turned on. When I got home, I checked it out again, and again there was no red. I was lookin' through the scope and moved it over a dark area, and the red finally showed up. I moved it away again, and the red disappeared. It looks like it senses the light, and only illuminates when the lighting is dark. When the lighting is normal or bright, it won't illuminate. I kinda like that feature. The glass on the scope is very clear and crisp. If I was gonna do it all over again, I'd buy the same scope.
 

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Hmmm...I really like the sound of that...must be tritium. I have an ACOG that does the same thing - you have to take it into a darkened room and wait until the tritium begins to emit...or roll out with it under the stars to see it in action. Glows amber when it's dark - blacks out in the light - would never know it's there until you look. Okay, it's all good - I'm sold. That is number one on the must have list now. This forum rocks...and so does your battle rifle, Flea!
 

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It uses a battery, so I don't think it would be tritium. It does kinda seem to work the same way, though, in regards to how you can see it in the dark, but not in the light.

The Trijicon Tripower I have my 556 has tritium, fiber optic, and battery power. The tritium is pretty much invisible in the light, and dim in darkness. The fiber optic is pretty bright, though. And obviously the battery power is bright in all conditions. The batteries are dead in it right now, so I've just been goin' off the fiber optics.

And thanks for the compliment on the rifle!
 

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I appreciate that clarification - I had not heard that Leupold had tritium illumination, and hadn't seen it in their catalog, so that makes sense.

Still want one though!
 

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I appreciate that clarification - I had not heard that Leupold had tritium illumination, and hadn't seen it in their catalog, so that makes sense.

Still want one though!
Sorry, I must not have been that clear. The Trijicon TriPower I have on my Sig has tritium. The Leupold is only battery powered, but even with the battery power turned on, the optic only shows red if the outside light is dark enough.


Edit because I just re-read your post, and I think we might be on the same page. The alkyhol might be gettin' to me. :lol:
 

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...very nice rifle Flea ;-)

do you know if your gunsmith had to do some fitting on the Sadlak Industries mount or was the groove on your M1a's receiver just right?

...thanks for the intel...
 
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