Springfield Announces 6.5 Creedmoor M1A

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.

Springfield M1A in 6.5 Creedmore
The M1A Loaded Precision 6.5 CM rifle rides within a top-tier Archangel chassis that is thumbwheel adjustable in two axes and features a tuned 4.5-lb. National Match trigger.

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.

Springfield M1A match grade aperture rear sight.
The match grade aperture rear sight on the M1A Loaded Precision 6.5 CM rifle.

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.

Springfield M1A precision stock
The Springfield M1A in 6.5 Creedmoor comes with an Archangel precision stock. As Springfield puts it, “Archangel knows precision rifle stocks, and this one has all the bells and whistles.”

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.

Jim is a freelance writer for dozens of firearm publications, the host of the YouTube channel Burst Review and the youngest author to write a cover story for Shotgun News in its 86-years of operation. Jim loves anything that goes, ‘boom’ but particularly enjoys military firearms from the Cold War and WW2. When he’s not slinging lead downrange he can be round hiking in the mountains with his wife Kim and their vicious attack dog, Peanut.

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