The Springfield M1A Scout Squad is a semi-automatic rifle chambered in 7.62 NATO or .308 Win. The M1A is the civilian version of the famous M14, which was once a standard issue US military rifle. It was also known to be very accurate and reliable.
Springfield offers eight different models of the M1A and what makes the Scout different from the standard model is it has an 18” barrel, a proprietary muzzle break, which reduces muzzle climb, and it’s geared towards law enforcement.
The Scout has a gas-operating system, so propellant gases are captured by a tube near the muzzle, the tube connects with the bolt where a valve catches the gas, and then pushes the bolt back so it can eject a spent casing and chamber a fresh round.
Features on the Scout Squad include a two-stage military trigger that sets off the action with a 5- to 6-pound pull. It has military sights that are adjustable for windage and elevation. And, the Standard is available with a traditional walnut stock or a synthetic stock. The synthetic stock is available in three finishes: mossy oak, matte black, or green.
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