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    Lightbulb Springfield Armory M1A Rifle

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    Early Springfield Armory M1A Rifle. Nowadays shooters recognize the M1A as being made in Illinois, but at the beginning, these rifles were manufactured in Texas. The first maker of the M1A was a USAF veteran by the name of Elmer Ballance of Devine, TX. First doing business as the Lackland Heights Gun Company, the ATF advised Ballance that in order to sell his new M1A rifle that he had to mark them with a company name and address. Choosing to instead employ a well-known name, he filed as Springfield Armory Inc., a commerical concern completely separate from the government facility that had closed down in 1968. American Rifleman magazine in April of 1974. Caliber: 7.62mm.
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    M1-A

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    M1-A Loaded from several years back.
    Upgraded with NM-2A rear sight set.
    Bedded and tweaked.
    Shoots well.
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    I need to change out the NM rear sights on mine to standard sights and maybe widen the front a touch. Old eyes and that small peep on NM sights don't go together very well. I had my M1A up the hill to a guy by the name of Al Ewing who stoned the trigger and it is much smoother and trips right at 4.5 lbs, the weight minimum for matches. Al was a winner of a bunch of trophies at Camp Perry when he was in the Army Reserve and had a great little gunsmithing business going. He could talk all day about the M14/M1A. He passed a couple of years ago, I sure hope he was able to pass his knowledge to someone.

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    Here's one of mine with a few upgrades.
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    Several years ago I purchased some M14 parts from Mr. Ballance to complete a LRB build and to have some spares. Several months ago he called me asking if I needed any parts, that he still had some. Mr Ballance is up in his years and is a very interesting person to talk to.

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    I have never fired one. Looks like an interesting rifle.

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    IDF Sniper version with attached An/PVS2, there is also a Nimrod 6x scope that belongs to it.



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