Springfield Armory Loaded M1A rifle with carbon steel barrel and black composite stock

The Springfield Armory Loaded M1A models give you most of the upgrades found on the National Match rifles, and cost a couple of hundred dollars less.

Like the National Match M1A, the Loaded M1A has a National Match trigger group that's been tuned to give a more predictable and crisper break point, with a smooth 4 1/2 pound trigger pull.

The Loaded models have air-gauged National Match barrels "Air-gauged" means that the barrels have been measured using a probe that detects variances in barrel diameter, and the National Match barrels are within tighter tolerances than standard barrels for diameter. (All barrels are measured with an air gauge. When a manufacturer uses the term "air gauged", it means that the barrel meets more exacting standards than other barrels from the manufacturer).

Loaded models also feature National Match front and rear sights, although the rear sight is not hooded on the Loaded models. The rear sight is adjustable for windage with 1/2 MOA ("Minute of Angle") cicks, and 1 MOA elevation clicks. The front sight has "ears" on it to protect the .062" sight post.

The Loaded M1A rifles also have National Match flash suppressors.

This Loaded model has a carbon steel barrel and black composite stock. The black composite stock custom M1A stock from Smith Enterprises Inc models are popular for customizing, as they're less expensive than the walnut stocked M1A's. Here's a Loaded model that's been put into a Smith Enterprises Inc. aluminum collapsible stock:


Caliber: 7.62mm NATO (.308 Win.)
Barrel: 22", Twist: 1 turn in 11 inches, right hand, six-groove national match air gauged premium
Weight: 9.2 pounds
Length: 44 1/3"
Mechanism: Rotating bolt, gas operated, air cooled, semi-automatic magazine fed
Sights Front: National Match front blade .062
Rear: GI Match Grade (non-hooded .520) aperture with one minute elevation, half minute windage adjustments
Capacity: 10 round box magazine*
Trigger Pull: 4 1/2 lbs., two-stage military trigger

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Springfield Armory Black Stock, Carbon Barrel M1A Rifle Reviews:

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By Russ, Smithfield, NC
May 17, 2012

Primary Use: Target Shooting

"I trained with the original M14 in basic and fell in love with it. It was years before I could afford an M1A but finally bought one with the black stock and carbon barrel. I have lost my sharp vision like the other guy so I put a scope on mine. Initially, the setup was super but for some reason sometimes it would catch the spent cartridge in the bolt maybe 1 in 10 times. I found that the scope mount was the problem and used a milling machine to remove a little of the mount near the top of the ejection port. The rifle is actually more accurate than I am at this point in my life. I can't drive tacks with mine like some others brag they can but I, with age impairments, can put most rounds in an 9 inch circle at 200 yards. I have shot the original M1 (8 rds. & ping) and the M16 military rifles. The M1 is good but too heavy and kicks kinda hard. The M16 is so light it feels like a toy and shoots a bullet that is not much bigger than a 22 long rifle bullet. The M1A is just right. It has bullet weight, caliber 30 and 20 round mags going for it and it is dependable."

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By jhusnret, Belleview, FL
April 21, 2012

Primary Use: Defense/Law Enforcement

"Since retirement of the U.S. Navy (1968-1989) this is the rifle that needed to be in my gun safe. It is there now, no longer can I see 600 to 800 yards it now wears a UTG scope. Taking a patrol rifle course for work, it is now broken in and is dead on for 200 yards. CheckMate magazines help it run smooth and reliable as a heartbeat. Put good ammo in it and it will never let you down when you need it the most. Be safe and careful"

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