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Springfield M1A... Loaded vs National Match

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by awpk03s, Jul 18, 2012.


  1. awpk03s

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    Please help educate me on M1As... I want to buy my dad a rifle for his retirement, which will probably be in 6-18 months.

    I am pretty set on a M1A type of rifle, or maybe even a CMP Garand, but I think the M1A is a better choice.

    My price difference between a Loaded and National Match is about $300. What is the real world difference? The rifle will be used for informal target shooting, and some light hunting use.

    Is the NM more than what I need? Money thrown away?

    Please comment...
     
  2. AZ Jeff

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    The NM will have a sight that is more finicky and fragile. Also, for older eyes, it will have a smaller aperture, and may be more difficult to use well.

    For "informal target shooting and light hunting", I would recommend the "loaded" version.
     

  3. countrygun

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    I agree. The "NM" is really built for specific purposes.

    The Loaded is great on its own merit
     
  4. awpk03s

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    Thanks guys - I had not thought about the rear sight differences. I think Loaded is the way to go on this one.
     
  5. Danny Reid

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    Yes, I have to agree with the others. Unless your Dad is a competition shooter, the NM would be a waste of money.