M1A: An M14 For The Rest Of Us

Springfield Armory Inc, released a semi-automatic civilian legal version of the classic M14 service rifle in 1974 using G.I surplus parts. Since then it has been a popular rifle, occupying practical, competitive, hunting, and historical collecting venues throughout the shooting community. It is virtually identical to the M14 it is based on, apart from the select-fire capability. Usually sold with a ten round magazine, the older 20 round and even 25 round magazines will fit the rifle just fine. Although, we see in this video that the 25 round magazines aren’t very reliable at all.

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Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv


  • Patriotunknown

    Is this a placeholder for an actual article?

    • Phillip Cooper

      Nope, commercial in lieu of an article.

      They aren’t even trying anymore.

      • Gary Kirk

        Than go elsewhere..

        • Phillip Cooper

          Learn the difference between “then” and “than”. You’ll sound smarter.

          • Kafir1911

            Will still be rude and non-discerning.

          • Zebra Dun

            Problem is, when using some smaller devices the auto spell and word selection sometimes adds it’s own word to replace the word you intended, my Android is a monster in this regard changing words at will and making me look “more” retarded.

          • Phillip Cooper

            You and me both!

    • Jared A. Faber

      This is an article for a TFB TV video, but they f’ed up and forgot/failed to embed the video.

  • J.T.

    Hey, look, an advertisement posing as a TFB article.

    • Nope but we have to pay the bills and I imagine most people would understand that.

      • J.T.

        I posted before the video was there. It was just a few lines that read like an ad at the time. Most probably wouldn’t mind ads, but they would need to be clearly labeled as ads or sponsored content.

  • jon_ellis

    I have a feeling this is about 1/4 of an article that was posted accidentally before completed…

    • It’s a TFBTV video article.

      • jon_ellis

        When we all started commenting, I think the video hadn’t quite caught up and embedded into the article, making it look like a very short, stripped down text post. Now that the video’s showing up it makes more sense B-)

  • Psylant

    “M1A: An M14 For The Rest Of Us” -if you have over $1,500 to spend on a battle rifle, brought to you by Proxibid! …

    • Evan

      I bought one 11 years ago, and I still take it to the range every time I go.

      • Gary Kirk

        Got mine for <$1300.. Had a sight issue, they paid to send it back.. Fixed the sight, and threw in a national match trigger group, then sent her back to me..

        • Evan

          I got mine for $1700, and I’ve never had a single issue with it at all.

          • Psylant

            That is good! For comparison I got my custom built FAL for $700 and also have never had a single issue :3

          • Evan

            You got a good deal. My friend has a $700 FAL and that thing has all manner of problems.

          • alex archuleta

            Not trying to one up anyone, just sharing my story. Back in ’07 I acquired a “used” Socom 16 w/400rnds, sling, cleaning kit, U.S. instruction manual & shipped for $1,400
            Original owner fired 5 rounds, said it was too much gun and sold it online. The gods were smiling down on me that day.

          • Evan

            That’s something that needs to happen way more often. I wish more people would buy “too much gun” and decide to resell them at extremely affordable prices.

          • alex archuleta

            It at least needs to happen to everyone at least once in their lives, I really hope you get yours one day!
            I really wanted a Socom as I have had a personal fondness for the M14. In high school the MCJROTC drill team I was with all four years had M14’s. I had the same M14 all throughout it.
            We learned manual of arms with them, and how to effectively spin em and throw em in the air. We also had to break them completely down and clean them. They were fully functioning and fully automatic, just the barrels were stuffed with lead.
            I can remember they had boxes and file cabinets stuffed with spare parts, springs and everything you’d ever need to keep full auto M14’s running.
            When I got out of the Marines I went back one day to visit and found out they were all shipped out to be used in IRAQ, A-Stan. lol I may need to drop by, see if they have any spare parts lying around!

        • John

          I bought mine back when SA was selling the factory full-auto ones in SGN for $995 back in the day.

          I wish I had bought a dozen of them.

          • alex archuleta

            Do you still have them? What kind of transfer did you have to do back then? Man and I thought I had a killer deal when I got mine.

          • John

            I only bought one. WISH I’d bought more, and yes _ I still have it.

            Had the same process we’ve always had. Fingerprint cards, CLEO signature and $200 to the gubbmint.

            Couple months later I had the gun.

          • Zebra Dun

            I recall when they were under $500.00! >kicks self in ass<

          • John

            Yeah, I wish I’d been aware back then!

          • Secundius

            Chinese Norinco M305’s sold in Canada for ~$530.00 USD. Unfortunately there NOT Importable into the United States because of Three Executive Orders. First by President George H.W. Bush in 14 November 1994 by EO #12938. Second by President Clinton in 26 July 1998 by EO #13094. And, Third by President George W. Bush in 23 May 2003 by EO #13222 (revised EO #12938)…

        • datimes

          I purchased one at an Indiana gunshop about 20 years ago. It was a ‘closeout’ sale. The rifle, scope mount, and 3 mags for $600. One of the weapons I regret selling.

      • A great rifle for sure—-

    • Anonymoose

      If Alex C had done the video it would have been a transferable full-auto M1A and he would have tried his best to make us all feel bad for being poor.

      • somethingclever

        Oh, he would have succeeded. I miss his videos. Borderline pining away.

  • Brad

    Didn’t watch the vid/advertisement but CMI 25 round mags run fine for me. I’ve ran 1000s of rounds through them without a hiccup.

  • Don Ward

    The natives are restless here on the comments section. https://literaryfictions.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/torch-bearing-mob.jpg

    • Zebra Dun

      Per S. O. P.

  • Disarmed in CA

    This partial / multiple article publishing problem seems to be happening several times in the past few days. Maybe get a “PREVIEW” before you “PUBLISH”?

  • FOC Ewe

    It’s like an AFN-E safety video about the importance of reflective belts after duty hours.

  • Wolfgar

    I used mine to win a local heavy metal division beating AR-10’s, FN FALs,HK91s, and one FN Hscar. For a rifle that is suppose to be so crappy, it worked pretty well for me.

    • Gary Kirk

      They’re great for the range, have their place in duty, and definitely have their haters.. Not the best at all, but do work, long as the user knows what they are doing..

      • CommonSense23

        They have their place due to the military being to cheap to outfit most of their force with a good 7.62 murders.

        • Gary Kirk

          Think you typed that a bit too fast there sparky.. But understood your point, however, the military outfits plenty of our boys with adequate 7.62 “murders”.. They’re called machine gunners.. I’d rather see more equipped with a 6.5 to replace the dmr and reach out accurately deal with a threat

      • Yes indeed I used to shoot an M1A in 600 yard iron sight competition. Fun stuff!

  • “Usually sold with a ten round magazine, the older 20 round and even 25 round magazines can be fitted to the rifle…”

    I’ve never had to “fit” a standard capacity magazine to my M1A. They just go in and work. Did Springfield Armory change their magwell dimensions?

  • Gary Kirk

    I picked up a (guess you would call) hunter special.. Some years back, mossy oak stock, 5 round mag.. It had the wrong front sight from the factory (socom 16 sight).. Sent it back, absolutely no problems from Springfield, they even paid for the shipping.. A couple weeks later, I got my rifle back, sights fixed.. And they threw in a national match trigger group at no cost.. So now I have a sub MOA rifle, with a two stage trigger.. For under $1300.. Which is pocket change in the M14 world..

  • MOUE

    Got myself a Chicom “M305” for under 500 Leaf Dollars. Haven’t shot it yet though. But it’s damn cheap.

  • Pete Sheppard

    There are dummy selector/locks to fill that hole on the M14 stock.
    As I posted on YouTube, the Marines actually kept the M14 as the ‘official’ standard rifle into the 1970s and revered the rifle for a long time after*. The M16A1 was the ‘substitute’ standard for that dinky little jungle action.

    *NOTE the Springfield Armory emblem: It’s a Marine firing an M14.

  • tim smith

    Doesn’t look right without the bayonet lug, easy fix though.

  • TC

    Seems like it jammed quite a few times. Is this normal?

    • No one

      Well it’s an M1A, going to go with “Yes.”

      • Don Ward


  • Paul O.

    Data point of one, my CMI 25 rounders run fine. Never had an issue with them.

  • Spencerhut

    Loading Tray? You mean stripper clip guide, right? Synthetic cover to aid heat expansion? You mean heat dissipation, Right? Compensator? You mean Flash Hider, right? Piston brings gas to the rear? What? You mean the Op-Rod moves the bolt back and forth exactly like in an M1 Garand? Springfield started making them in 1974, not the 70’s or 80’s – got it? 1974. The 25 rounds mags are junk, always have been junk. Pretty much everyone who owns and actually shoots their M1a / M14 knows that.
    There is more, but I’m sick of typing.
    That video sucked, your knowledge on the rifle or at least your ability to verbalize it is poor.

    • No one

      I guess you get “Junk” magazines to go with your junk overpirced clone of a rifle that was mediocre in the first place. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

      • Spencerhut

        Meh, the guns are okay. The older the Springfield the better, more correct GI parts. I think junk is a little overboard.

    • Zebra Dun

      Synthetic cover, just to add some meaningless info, the original cover had lozenge shaped holes in it.

      You can see them on episodes of Gomer Pyle USMC.

  • Porty1119

    For those who like an open-top action susceptible to dirt and debris, I suppose.

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  • Don Ward

    Also Miles, when you pronounce Iraq and Afghanistan that way, it makes you sound pretentious and ignorant.

    • Devil_Doc

      I believe in previous complaints about his pronunciation of Arabic words, Miles explains that he is fluent in Arabic. Which would kinda make his pronunciation the correct one..

      • The_Champ

        Haha, if that is true then I’m guessing Don is gonna feel a little pretentious and ignorant.

        • Don Ward

          Incorrect. I was already aware of his proficiency. Which makes his affectation all the more pretentious.

      • Don Ward

        That isn’t how it works. I can speak some Spanish. But that doesn’t mean I pronounce Mexico and Spain as Meh-hee-ko and Es-pan-ya. Similary, if you are speaking English, you don’t pronounce it “Eee-rock” or “Off-gone-eee-stan”. To do so is a pretentious affectation that is almost as bad as the people who pronounce Qatar “Gutter”.

        • The_Champ

          My last name is Czech, and even though my family has been in Canada for generations, I still say my last name as it would be said in Czech, and not how your average English speaker would pronounce it. Pretentious?

          • Don Ward

            Again, that is not how the English language works. Your last name isn’t a commonly known proper noun. But if you were to go around pronouncing Aff-gan-is-stan or Eye-rack wrong on purpose then that would be pretentious.

          • The_Champ

            Well then might I ask you to consider that maybe Miles has other reasons for the pronunciations besides being pretentious?

            I might hold onto the native language way of saying my family name for reasons of nostalgia, or historicity, or respect. Maybe he is doing the same?

            I get your point about it not being proper English, fair enough. But really, I’m far more upset about words like crunk, sexting, and unfriend being added to the Oxford Dictionary than I am about Miles’ pronunciations 🙂

          • Don Ward

            Well, we can agree to ally in our mutual hatred over slang being added to the Oxford and go on holy jihad against the wordsmiths who are corrupting our language just so they can get Likes.

          • The_Champ

            OMG, totes! Let’s teach those language noobs some truthiness.

  • idahoguy101

    Aboard the navy ship I was on from 1977-81, we had M-14 rifles. Which only came out for training. They were long, heavy, and quite accurate. Totally impractical on a submarine.

  • nicholsda

    Small error. Not all M1 Rifles are in .30-06. You will find Navy rifles that were either sleeved or had new barrels fitted so that they too were in 7.62mm. And barrels for .308/7.62 are available from Criterion. They can also be found in .35 Whelen.

    The Italian BM59s in many cases started as M1s and were converted. You can tell that by the fact that many of the BM59 parts still carry the original markings on the trigger housings, bolts, and other parts. The BM59s are sort of a half step between the M1 and M14 even though the M14 was out in ’57 while the BM59 didn’t come on scene until ’59.

  • Bob

    where is the rest of the story.?
    I can only get to the first paragraph.

  • Zebra Dun

    I would love to own one of these rifles, my first experience with the M-14 was at Parris Island 1970 and I was impressed by it, mine gave me a black eye at Rifle Range!
    I was issued one again at one duty station qualified on it several times up to high Sharp shooter learned to love it.
    It would fail if used in a dirty muddy sandy environment if the receiver (that open spot behind the bolt is a mud trap) wasn’t wrapped in a poncho, poncho liner or dog rag but other than that it was a Jewel.
    I just can’t come up with the money or a good excuse for the wife to buy one.

  • Bob

    good report. However that is NOT a compensator. It is a flash hider. It directs the flash out the sides and down so as to NOT blind the shooter at night!
    The Compensator is a piece that SLIDES on over this and has a series of holes and it attaches to the bayonet lug with a swinging arm and lock bolt to keep it in place when it was used on the M14 E2 (full auto). The “compensator” is called a stabilizer assembly in training manual FM23-8 dated 1965 and is titled “U.S. Rifle. 7.62MM, M14 AND M14E2.