Springfield’s M1A is the civvy version of the heavy, not-so-loved M14, the military’s battle rifle that snuck into the gap in service between the venerable M1 Garand and Eugene Stoner’s M16. These days, military M14s are pretty much relegated to honor guard and drill team use, though the long engagements in Afghanistan put some back in our warriors’ hands. But that doesn’t mean the M1A isn’t a worthy (if pricey) rifle. See Ralph’s review here.
The .308 M1As are still extremely popular for competition shooting. Toward that end, Springfield has now has added three new models chambered in the caliber so many long range shooters are moving to, 6.5 Creedmoor. Here’s their press release:
New M1A™ 6.5 Creedmoor Gives Serious Marksmen a Formidable New Choice
GENESEO, ILL. (12/08/17) – Springfield Armory’s M1A™ Series has a hard-won reputation for handling any mission, any condition, any foe, at any range – and for taking home trophies from monster bucks to National Match crowns. Highly precise .308 WIN-chambered M1A models are found in the hands of elite tactical teams, snipers, backcountry hunters and competitive marksmen.
Now skilled shooters can get legendary Springfield M1A durability in 6.5 Creedmoor caliber.
With high muzzle velocity, low recoil, and extreme long-range accuracy, the Creedmoor round is becoming increasingly popular and easily accessible. The new M1A 6.5 Creedmoor makes the most of the ammo’s attributes with the rifle design, craftsmanship, balance and response known to Springfield Armory’s storied M1A platform.
The M1A’s National Match Grade, 22-inch medium weight stainless steel barrel provides a long sight radius for outstanding iron sight accuracy, with a 4-groove 1:8 right-hand twist and shot-steadying muzzle brake to put rounds right where intended. The NM Grade .062 post front sight is paired with a NM Grade non-hooded .0520 aperture rear sight that’s ideal for distant targets and adjustable for ½ MOA windage and 1 MOA elevation. The 2-stage trigger is National Match tuned to 4.5 – 5 pounds, for a crisp, confident pull. The new 6.5 Creedmoor M1A is a “true 1000-yard rifle” that delivers a level of shooting performance few rifles can match, especially when paired with an SA scope mount and your optic of choice.
The new M1A 6.5 Creedmoor is offered with your choice of a solid black composite stock, or a precision-adjustable stock that lets shooters dial in individual fit and feel. A 10-round magazine smoothly feeds rounds into the chamber for reliable shooting.
“Having a 6.5 Creedmoor caliber in the M1A lineup gives long-range shooters more choices with the precision and accuracy they require,” says Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese. “They can choose the round they prefer, and take advantage of the legendary accuracy of the M1A platform to make the most of their shooting prowess.”
With a length of 45 to 46.24 inches and unloaded weight of 11.4 pounds, the new M1A 6.5 Creedmoor is a well-balanced, extremely accurate and precise tool for marksmen eager to raise their long-distance performance.
“Our mission is, and always will be, to offer responsible citizens the finest firearm and the most thorough customer support of any brand,” says Springfield’s Reese. “You can see that commitment in every product we make. It especially shines in the new 6.5 Creedmoor M1A.”
For California Residents: The M1A 6.5 Creedmoor with the black composite stock is California-approved.
Now available in three configurations:
MP9826C65 6.5 Creedmoor with Black Precision Stock MSRP: $2045
MA9826C65CA 6.5 Creedmoor with Black Composite Stock MSRP: $1985
This model is also CA-Compliant
MP9820C65 6.5 Creedmoor with Flat Dark Earth Precision Stock MSRP: $2045
For more information about the M1A 6.5 Creedmoor, please visit www.springfield-armory.com, or watch this video:
About Springfield Armory®
In 1794, the original Springfield Armory was designated as our national armory by General George Washington, and began manufacturing muskets for the defense of our young, free Republic. This monumental institution went on to serve as a think tank for developing innovative firearms concepts and producing some of the most storied rifle platforms in our country’s history. The Armory functioned as a firearms supplier for every major American conflict until 1968 when the government sadly closed its doors. In 1974, two centuries after its inception, Springfield Armory Inc. in Geneseo, IL revived the iconic heritage of the Armory to carry on its legacy and restore the Springfield Armory name. Springfield Armory Inc. engineers, manufactures and assembles their legendary M1A™, 1911 and SAINT® AR-15 lines of firearms in Geneseo, IL, and since 2001, has enjoyed a strategic, collaborative partnership with the state-of-the-art factory in Croatia working hand-in-hand to develop and engineer the multiple award-winning line of XD® polymer pistols that have become staples in the US marketplace. We strive to honor this responsibility as guardians of the original Springfield Armory legacy by manufacturing the highest quality firearms to enable responsible citizens to preserve their right to keep and bear arms in the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. With an unmatched emphasis on craftsmanship, performance and exceptional customer service, our mission is to forge superior firearms and provide the tools necessary to defend individual freedoms and equality for those who embrace the rights and principles secured by our Founding Fathers. For more information, please visit us at: www.springfield-armory.com.