POTD: Springfield M1A at 9,000 Feet

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Paul sent us this photo of his Springfield M1A in the beautiful Arapahoe national forest. He wrote …

My Springfield M1A with 4-16×44 Sightmark scope. This photo was taken in the Arapahoe national forest at 9000 feet of elevation just up above Evergreen Colorado. A shooters paradise!

For years I have wanted a suppressed M1A hunting rifle. The only thing stopping me is the temptation to carry around a lightweight bolt action instead! A standard M1A weighs 8.8 lbs and a Tikka T3 Lite, my favorite hunting rifle, weighs in at 6.1 lbs.

… but I am sure most of TFB is not as lazy as I am!

Thanks Paul for sending that in.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Spencerhut Spencerhut on Sep 15, 2015

    Dropped right at $7k on my M1A. JAE stock, USO scope etc. Etc. What a mistake. It's now back in the original stock and with the iron sights. Kept the other upgrades, but the stock and optic were a mistake.

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    • Spencerhut Spencerhut on Sep 16, 2015

      @LeverDude in PA Smith Enterprise makes a tritium front sight for the M1A, it's what I run. Not the best, but better than nothing at night and it added zero weight.

  • LeverDude inPA LeverDude inPA on Sep 15, 2015

    I like the set up. Simple, didn't spend the college fund or add 2 tons to the overall weight... What scope mount is that I wonder? And is that bi-pod semi-permanently attached? Thanks in advance

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    • LeverDude in PA LeverDude in PA on Sep 15, 2015

      @Paul Pryor Ahh good info. Thanks man. Is it Steel or Aluminum? And yeah, TFB is definitely 'the shit' when it comes to Firearm Blogs. Good group of guys, love this site a ton myself. Maybe I'll get a pic up someday myself. Good info on the bipod too. I think I might go for something I can remove easily, maybe on a versapod rail... Peace