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Old 12-29-2013, 03:51 AM   #1
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I have this brand new M1A1 that I took shooting this weekend that has an incredibly tight mag well. It is a factory Springfield mag. I have some after-market mags on the way but I am wondering if I should stone the spots where it is dragging. Here are some pics of both the receiver and on the mag. The wear is pretty even on both sides.

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Old 12-29-2013, 04:26 AM   #2
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Contact springfield armory they will fix it and refinish the work so its like new.

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Send it in for repair. - It shouldn't be doing that.

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^^^^^

Exactly what I was going to say... If I paid 2 grand for a rifle you bet I'd send it back if it wasn't right.

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Yes send it back it seems by the pics its dragging real bad on the mag well.....but the magazine is also a possibility so wait till u get ur other magazines before u send it back and see if they drag as well

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Yes, I was going to wait for the new mags, bu the one that I do have is the one that came with the rifle (factory Springfield).

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It could possibly be the mag but if the other ones u ordered do the same thing send it back they will probably open up the mag well a lil bit and send it back real quickly but in case u don't know send the mag with so they can see what is going on

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It's your $$, but I wouldn't use any mags other than what the rifle sold with if it were me. ( Aftermarket mags can be a bad thing concerning the M1A)

Hard to tell from the photo, but it probably is not a mag related issue.

Contact SAI, and ask if they will send you another one of their mags so that you can rule it out for sure. From the pics, you will be able to get that mag replaced thru them, and it wont cost you a dime to either.

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It want hurt anything to run after market magazines just as long as there for that specific gun cause I can tell u personally Springfield or any other place besides wilson and daniel defence make there own magazines they get them out sourced

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Springfield Armory Inc. (SAI) M1A magazines are made for them by Checkmate Industries. All they do is add their logo to the mags.

SAI will take care of the rifle and any of their marked magazines, but not any other magazines.....so there is no sense in running other mags thru this rifle for this reason. If it was my rifle, then I wouldn't want to tear up a finish on any mag I purchased, unless SAI would cover any damage. ( Contact them directly just to be sure.)

Especially if the magazines are 1960 era USGI M14 magazines.

The other reason stems from several aftermarket magazines and their dimensions. Example = a KCI marked mag. This isnt a GI spec mag, and while it may insert into the rifle without any finish damage, it would do so because it's dimensions are not the same as CMI or USGI.

The last reason is to eliminate the issue as a mag related issue by utilizing another magazine of same maker. Utilizing an aftermarket mag wont tell me anything in this regard. A 2nd SAI magazine will tell me if I simply ended up with an out of spec magazine, or if the issue is the rifle itself, which it most likely is.

SAI will cover the costs involved to make all right, and too include any of their marked mags that were damaged by an out of spec rifle.

Their customer service is 2nd to none in my experience concerning a used XD40. even thou it was used, they fixed my issue with it, and gave me a lefty holster for free. ( And this being a used gun)

Never had an issue with an M1A yet.

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