On paper, the combination of the 6.5 Creedmoor’s long-range efficacy and Springfield’s National Match M1A seems great — but competitive shooters familiar with the platform might think otherwise.
That said, with claims of the new M1A being, “a true 1,000-yard rifle.” the engineers must have figured out a way around the limitations of the platform.
This new rifle, based on the military M14, features a 22-inch, medium-taper stainless barrel with a 4-groove 1:8 right-hand twitch. The barrel comes topped with both a muzzle brake and a National Match Grade .062 in front sight post and hoodless .0520 in aperture rear sight.
These sights are a must for competitive shooters at Camp Perry, but the superior ballistic coefficient of the 6.5 Creedmoor round over the M1A’s standard .308 Win, may put the new Springfield M1A in a separate class.
Further in this same competition rifle vein, the new Springfield M1A ships with a National Match-tuned 4.5lb trigger, and adjustable precision polymer stock.
The whole setup minus an optic and ammunition tips the scales at 11.4lbs. While this might seem a little heavy to shooters more familiar with the AR-15, it’s fairly normal for the M1A. Plus, the added weight is helpful for both recoil mitigation, and for steadying the rifle in Camp Perry-like competitions.
The new Springfield M1A in 6.5 Creedmoor is available now and retails for $2,045.