Greetings Me Droogs N Droogettes!
I’m of two minds here right now. One, the M1A is everything they say as far as accuracy goes. OMFG is it accurate. Now, no pictures because of Part Two. Pt 2, well, I’m highly upset that -something- is wrong with it. Like ‘needs warranty repair’ level stuff.
Got to the range, got set up. Got everything ready, and ‘locked in’ with the sling in the proper firing-for-record/accuracy to test it out with the iron sites. National Match, and zeroed per the manual. Locked in, Flag is up, commence firing.
What the fuck?
Drop mag, Cycle weapon, grab round as it unchambers. Check primer. No mark? What the hell? Reload round into magazine, re-seat mag, Rechamber round, set it back on safe so’s to get repositioned, aim, take it off safe, and squuuuuueeeeeze trigger……..
Ok… one off? Probably. Re-align sites, squuuuuuuueeeeeeeze trigger……..
Ok… What the fuck. Perform clearance drill, except the bolt and charging handle is stuck in the forward locked position, and it ain’t moving. Ended up getting the RSO and the Head RSO (who also is a master gunsmith) and we start looking it over. Seems Denny is a Master-Master of the M1A… like I am with ARs, his is Garands, M-14s and M1As. Even he was stumped. We did everything but the best I could do was 3 rounds in a row without issues. This was highly bumming me out, as I had planned on getting at least 50 rounds through it. I managed to get 15.
So, he suggested tearing the bolt apart when I got home, which I’m loath to do. It -might- invalidate the warranty, and let me tell you, at $2000, I’ll gleefully call Springfield on Monday, get a shipping label and send the fucker back for THEM to unfuck it. It ain’t the ammo… if anything it ate (when it did fire) all the BBs fed to it.
I took the following pictures of Da Boltage for y’all to see… anyone who knows more about these things, chime in if you see anything out of the ordinary (besides the obvious break-in wear and tear) which truthfully I’m a bit surprised at for the fact that it was showroom new at the start of the day, and that seems to be a LOT of wear for 15 rounds…
Now, that last one? That’s the bolt rear, with the firing pin all the way in the forward position, but part of it is still sticking out? Not sure if it’s supposed to be flush or not. Like I said, I’ve never worked that extensively with these before. So it’s a learning curve for me.
Like I said, calling Springfield in the A.M.
Let them figure it out Aye?
Now, the new AR-10, couple of teething problems that remedied after the first ten or so break in rounds. That thing will be fine. Just not sure what I’m going to do with it. It’s fun, but heavy. Maybe sell it like the last? Have to see.
Then the final part of the day was my 669. I put 50 rounds through it for speed and accuracy drills. It did not dissapoint. In fact Sapper now wants his own, as it’s such a fun mid-sized freaky little 9. Not full sized, not compact… in between.
So, still cleaning up after a good shoot, and need to process and inspect the brass I collected today as well. THEN I need to relaod at least 20 rounds to make up for what I threw today.
More Later I Remain The Intrepid Reporter