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Old 11-13-2010, 09:23 AM   #1
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Christmas is coming, and I think I want to add a scope to the Springfield M1A. There seems to be a large number of different manufacturers for scope mounts/bases available for the M1A. Any recommendations?

I have a spare LaRue QD scope mount, and I would like to be able to readily dismount the scope using the LaRue mount and still use the iron sights with the reciever mount scope mount/base left in place.

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Old 11-23-2010, 08:23 PM   #2
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I like the Springfield M-1 A Mount from Fulton Armory. I purchased one several years ago after being disappointed in the original one I purchased. I called Clint McKee at Fulton and have been very satisfied. It is rock solid and has three point contact. Locks also in the notch where your stripper clip unit fits. Also you may want to look into their adjustable stock cheek weld piece. You can change inserts in it to get the right height on your cheek weld. Keeping you from the crane and strain on your neck.

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Smith Enterprises also makes a good one. I have a McCanns Industries scope mount on my M1A and it's a good one as well. Whatever you do dont buy the ones Springfield Armory offers as they are total junk.

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TX, get a Bassett Picatinny (I'd go "Low") and don't look back. Every other mount falls short when compared to the Bassett.

Plenty of good mounts out there, but they are a lot more money, and if your receiver is out of spec (pretty common with SAI) getting another mount to fit is not a given. Sadlak and SEI will fit them, but the Bassett needs no fitting.

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I have 2 different types of Bassett mounts, and love both of them. Plan on getting a third when I redeploy back to the states. (This one will have 20MOA built into it.)

The low std makes for a very lightweight reliable mount, while the low picitinny provides more adjustment points to gain proper eye relief. I find that both work better if the comb is raised, either with a strap on comb, or a Kydex adjustable comb piece. Since this works well, I do not require the high mounts that allow use of the iron sights as well, because I just remove the mount altogether.

If you follow the directions to the letter, the mount is easy to remove along with the zeroed optic mounted to it, and easy to re-install without loss of zero.

My other favorite is the ARMS #18 old model split rail mount. A very low profile, lightweight, compact, rock solid way of mounting optics. I have found that it is lower in profile than any other mount I have had my hands on, to include the LRB M25 system.
This mount, combined with some decent throwlever rings works well, as there is no way to use the iron sights while the optic is mounted.





Note: Sadlak sells a measure kit so you can find out if your reciever is in spec or not, regarding optics mount options. The ARMS #18 is designed with the M14 service rifle in mind. If your M1A rec dimensions are not to spec, then mounting an ARMS18 may prove challenging.
Be advised that there is a knock off version of an ARMS mount out there. It only resembles the ARMS 18, but doesnt operate the same. Look for an NSN on the mount itself. If it doesnt have one, then it is not an ARMS318 mount.

Hope this helps some.

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Thanks for all of the responses. I ordered the Bassett "Low" mount this morning.

I also "helped" the wife order my Christmas present (a Trijicon 2.5 x 10 x 56 scope for my M700 hunting rifle). So as soon as the mount gets here I can re-mount the Zeiss Conquest scope from the M700 to the M1A.

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That'll be a GREAT setup!

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Did you get the Bassett Pic rail Tx?

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Thanks for all of the responses. I ordered the Bassett "Low" mount this morning.

I also "helped" the wife order my Christmas present (a Trijicon 2.5 x 10 x 56 scope for my M700 hunting rifle). So as soon as the mount gets here I can re-mount the Zeiss Conquest scope from the M700 to the M1A.
That combo should work just dandy I would think. The best thing about the low mount is that it is very light in weight as compared to the low pic. mount. I have enough faith in it to use it as a back up for my issued M14 from work while down range currently.

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Did you get the Bassett Pic rail Tx?
To be clear, yes I did order the pic rail mount.

Thanks again to all.
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