Springfield Armory M1A scout squad rifle with black composite stock

The Springfield Armory M1A Scout Squad rifle is perfect for close engagements. Its 18" barrel allows for operating more easily in tight quarters. At nine pounds, it's still a heavy rifle compared to AR15 or M4 style rifles, but it also shoots a much more powerful cartridge, and the weight of the rifle helps reduced the felt recoil.

The Scout Squad has a forward mounted rail for mounting red dot sights or other optics. Because the rail is mounted very far forward, any optics you mount to it must be of the long eye relief variety. Tactical Life magazine tested the Scout Squad M1A with a Meprolight Mepro 21 red dot with long eye relief, and the rifle/sight combination worked very well.

It has a muzzle stabilizer that'sScout Squad Rifle muzzle stabilizer detail photo unique to the Scout Squad rifle models. It doesn't "hide" the muzzle flash, as the flash suppressors on the full-size M1A rifles do. Instead, it's drilled all the way around in a way that the gases from the barrel are projected around the stabilizer and slightly rearward, reducing the recoil felt by the shooter.

This model comes with a black composite stock that's completely weatherproof, strong, and durable.


Caliber: 7.62mm NATO (.308 Win.)
Barrel: 18", Twist: 1 turn in 11 inches, right hand, six-groove
Weight (without scope): 9 pounds
Length: 40 1/3" long
Mechanism: Rotating bolt, gas operated, air cooled, semi-automatic magazine fed
Sights Front: Military square post Battle Sights
Rear: Military aperture with MOA adjustments for both windage and elevation. 22 3/4" sight radius
Capacity: 10 round box magazine
Trigger Pull: 5 to 6 lbs., two-stage military trigger

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Reviews of the M1A Scout Squad:

Overall Rating: review stars, 4 out of 5 possible stars 4 out of 5
By Larry, Prescott, AZ
August 17, 2011

"This is absolutely my favorite rifle. It was a birthday present from the wife several years ago. She had a local gun dealer mount a Sheppard scope on it. It got great groups with the iron sights, but I couldn't hit squat with the scope. As hard as I tried I couldn't zero the scope. I finally found the right gunsmith. The problem was the mount. He put on an aluminum mount from Sadlak Industries. Now with scope or iron sights this rifle is dead on accurate, in close or at long distance. It has a great trigger, slight recoil, and is just a great gun to shoot!"

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