The National Match M1A is targetted at the competitive shooter, or any shooter who engages in precision shooting. The features of the National Match are designed for precision: the air-gauged barrel; the match grade recoild spring guide; the national match gas system; the precision, "earred" front sight; the hooded precision rear sight; the exceptional national match trigger; and more. All of these features meld together to make a rifle that delivers superior accuracy, time after time.

The barrel and receiver on the National Match M1A models are glass-bedded into the stock to minimze movement of the receiver or barrel due to variations in pressure on the stock, such as variations due to humidity. This is especially important with a model such as this one, which has an American walnut stock.

National Match barrels are measured with an air gauge to assure that the barrel diameter is consistent from end to end, and meets more exacting specifications than standard barrels.

The National Match M1A models also have better quality sights than standard M1A's. (See photos below). The rear sight has 1/2 MOA ("Minute Of Angle") windage and elevation adjustments, rather than the 1 MOA adjustments found on the standard rifles. The aperture on the rear sight features a hood that protects the aperture, and also keeps light from degrading the sight picture. The front sight has a .062" blade for precision aiming, and has "ears" to protect the sight blade.

National Match rear sight:   National Match front sight:
Springfield Armory M1A National Match rear sight with hooded aperture.   Springfield Armory M1A National Match front sight with "ears"

National Match M1A specifications

Caliber: 7.62mm NATO (.308 Win.)
Barrel: 22", Twist: 1 turn in 11 inches, right hand, six-groove national match medium weight premium air gauged
Size Weight: 10.8 pounds, Length: 44 1/3" long
Mechanism: Rotating bolt, gas operated, air cooled, semi-automatic magazine fed
Sights Front: National Match front blade .062
Rear: Match-grade hooded aperture with one-half minute adjustments for both windage and elevation. 26 3/4" sight radius
Capacity: 10 round box magazine*
Trigger Pull: 4 1/2 lbs., two-stage military match trigger

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Springfield Armory National Match M1A Rifle Reviews:

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By K Jensen, Clearwater, FL
January 4, 2012

Primary use: Target Shooting

"I recently had a opportunity to purchase a National Match SPFD M1A and am extremely satisfied with its results. I found this M1A at my trusted local gun shop and it was used when I purchased it. I took it home and field striped it and cleaned all the parts. Shortly after that I took it to the range for a field trial. Well, as expected it worked perfectly and no malfunctions. I only used 4 rounds to zero it in at 50 meters. Im happy to have this rifle in my collection and happy its American made."

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By K Jensen, Clearwater, FL
November 28, 2012

Primary use: Target Shooting

"After a number of years looking over the Springfield M1A, I finally found one I really liked and purchased it immediately. It's a National Match manunfacutured in September of 2008 and it was used. The dealer I purchased it from (trusted)indicated to me that there were very few rounds fired through it. After I got it home and "field Striped" it and cleaned it I could tell it wasn't fired a lot. I took it to the range a few days later and found that this rifle is everything I expected and more. Zeroing it on target was a breeze and it never failed. It has now joined my gun collection and I'm proud to own the M1A."

Overall Rating: review stars, 4 out of 5 possible stars 4 out of 5
By jeff, corona, California
June 26, 2012

Primary use: Target Shooting

"I own several rifles , semi autos as well as bolt and lever actions , this rifle is by far my favorite . I have the M1a National Match with a Springfield counter sniper scope . Its accuracy is amazing , my AR-15 comes close , but it doesn't have the range of the M1a ( or the punch ). The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because when its fully loaded with the scope , it weighs in at around 15 lbs . , which adds to its accuracy , but makes it a beast to lug around ."

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By RHill, Kihei, Hawaii
June 17, 2012

Primary use: Target Shooting

"Although this rifle is not recommended for left-handed shooters, I've fired this rifle as a lefty and it has operated flawlessly for many years. With commercial boattail ammo, loading a single round at a time, the National Match is frighteningly accurate offhand, and amazing to fire off a backpack at 200 yards."

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