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AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG/M1AWHITEFEATHER
AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG/M1ASUPERMATCH

Marine marksmanship unit armorers for service rifle matches.
With the exception of its semi-automatic-only operation,
it is basically a clone of the M14 National Match rifles built
from 1962-1964 at the original Springfield Armory and by
Thompson-Ramo-Wooldridge. The one from today's Springfield
Armory has the same match-grade, medium-heavy barrel as
the Loaded rifle but certain other components such as the
recoil spring guide, gas system assembly, sights (in this case,
a hooded rear aperture) and flash suppressor are carefully
selected and fitted by hand. 

"Springfield" History

T

he original Springfield Armory was
established by President George
Washington in Springfield, Mass.,
and was responsible for the design,
development and manufacture of arms for
America's military forces for close to 200
years. The Model 1795 Flintlock Musket
was the first and many others followed
such as the Model 1873 Trapdoor
Springfield, the 1892 Krag, the 1903
Springfield, the M1 Garand and the M14.
The government-owned armory was
closed in 1968, and in the early 1970s
Elmer Ballance of Divine, Texas, had the
Springfield Armory name trademarked.
Convinced that a semi-automatic M14
would sell, he began making receivers by
the investment casting process, completing them with military surplus parts.
When the BATF did not approve the
name "M14," it became M1A. Ballance
later sold the company to the Reese
family, who had long owned a successful
machine shop, and it moved to Geneseo,
Ill. Presently run by Dennis and Tom
Reese, Springfield Armory has gained
worldwide fame for its production of M1A
rifles and M1911 pistols and the highly
successful line of imported XD pistols.
-LAYNE SIMPSON

The Super Match, with its heavier barrel and 1-m.o.a
accuracy guarantee, was introduced soon after the National
Match. Hand-built in the match rifle shop, it has a rearlugged receiver, a beefed-up operating rod guide and a
glass-bedded walnut or McMillan composite stock with
oversized dimensions at the grip and fore-end. I first shot
a Super Match back in 1997, and five-shot averages with it
ran from 1.22 to 2.81 m.o.a. with an overall average of 1.9
m.o.a. for five factory match loads. My best handload, CCI
No. 34 primer, Federal case, Sierra 175-gr. MatchKing and

SPRINGFIELD ARMORY M21 TACTICAL SHOOTING RESULTS (100 YDS.)
.308 WIN.
CARTRIDGE

VEL. @ 10'
(F .S.)
.P

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

AUSTRALIAN
OUTBACK
168-GR.
MATCHKING

2722 AVG.
25 SD

2,761

1.18

2.44

1.45

BLACK HILLS
GOLD
168-GR. A-MAX

2674 AVG.
15 SD

2,664

1.20

1.84

1.57

BLACK HILLS
GOLD
175-GR.
MATCHKING

2618 AVG.
8 SD

2,271

1.08

1.29

1.08

FEDERAL GM
MATCH
168-GR.
MATCHKING

2617 AVG.
16 SD

2,552

0.38

1.29

0.74

HORNADY STEEL
MATCH
155-GR. MATCH

2549 AVG.
16 SD

2,234

1.26

2.17

1.54

HORNADY MATCH
168-GR. A-MAX

2656 AVG.
14 SD

2,621

1.11

2.16

1.26

NOSLER CUSTOM
155-GR.
COMPETITION

2784 AVG.
22 SD

2,784

1.39

2.44

1.58

NOSLER CUSTOM
168-GR.
COMPETITION

2711 AVG.
19 SD

2,742

0.66

1.52

1.21

AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD

GROUP SIZE IN INCHES
SMALLEST LARGEST AVERAGE

1.31

NOTES: RIFLESCOPE USED WAS A NIKON MONARCH 4-16X 50 MM. MEASURED AVERAGE
VELOCITY FOR 10 ROUNDS FROM A 22" BARREL. RANGE TEMPERATURE: 78° F HUMIDITY: 84%.
.
ACCURACY FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT GROUPS AT 100 YDS. FROM A HARRIS FOLDING
BIPOD AND A REAR SANDBAG. ABBREVIATIONS: GM (GOLD MEDAL), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION).
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