The Springfield Super Match M1A is a semi-automatic rifle chambered in 7.62 NATO or .308 Win. The M1A is a civilian version of the famous M14, which was once a standard issue US military rifle and known to be very accurate and reliable. Springfield offers eight different models of the M1A.
The Super Match is very similar to the National Match, but the difference is the Super has a Douglas air gauged heavy match barrel. Air gauged quality means designers pushed air through the barrel and measured the amount that escaped. The process determines the tolerance (or consistency of design) of the bore.
It basically proves the barrel shoots accurately and keeps a tight seal on the propellant gases as they push the projectile out the bore. It also has a rear lugged receiver that increases available bedding area. With a larger bedding area, any wear is distributed to a wider body in turn less direct wear and increased lifespan.
The Super Match is gas-operated, so propellant gases are captured by a tube near the muzzle, which directs the gas into a valve on the bolt, and the gas pushes the bolt back so it can eject a spent casing and chamber a fresh round.
Its features include a national match two-stage trigger that sets off the action with a 4.5- to 5-pound pull. A match hooded rear sight aperture that’s like looking through a pinhole. It’s also adjustable for windage and elevation. It has a fixed blade front sight. The national match flash suppressor helps reduce muzzle climb, so the shooter can stay on target after every shot. The barrel rests on a glass bedding, which acts as an intermediary so when the barrel heats and swells it will press against the bedding instead of the stock. The Super Match is also available with either a matte black barrel or a stainless steel one.
Optional features include an Oversized American walnut stock or a McMillan synthetic stock with either a matte black finish or Marine Corps camo finish (McMillan add about $600).
Springfield recommends the Super Match for precision and competitive shooting.
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