In this buyer's guide, let's check out some of the best scope mounts for Springfield M1A rifle.
You don't need a gunsmith to do this upgrade project, all you need is some tools and parts something you can easily do on your kitchen counter at home in less than 10 minutes.
The most popular one is the SADLAK M14 Steel Scope Mount and it's the one used by the 101st Army Airborne Division.
Let's check out what else are available.
Best Optic Mounts for M1A (M14) Rifle
ATTENTION: The only reason they don't fit SOCOM II is that the existing rail section gets in the way.
Why we picked this one - Sadlak has been in the firearm game since the 1990s for producing military accessories for the M14 and M1A rifles, and it's one of the most durable and reliable products available on the market today.
The more points of contact the mount has on the rifle the more solid it is. This is why the SADLAK steel mount is highly recommended even though it's much more work to install because it provides up to 6 contact points including the set screws that tighten the dovetail clip guide key.
Compared to other cheap mounts with only 2 - 3 contact points, the SADLAK is hands down the most superior product.
- 3 Hex Screws - 65 - 70 inch-lbs
- 2 Set screws for Clip Guide Key - 25 - 30 inch-lbs
- Clip guide screw - 30 - 35 inch lbs
This thing ain't moving!
Recommended: Use a Wheeler Torque Wrench For Exact Torque value
Installation Guide : How To Install SADLAK Mount Official Instruction
Available in steel and aluminum, and the STEEL model is highly recommended because it flexes LESS during recoil than aluminum to maintain zero.
Why people get this one - This one-piece scope mount is made at the same factory as the rifle, and it provides a solid platform for mounting optics for accuracy
Additional Recommendation 1: Get the low profile dovetail Sage EBR Clip Mount from Fulton Armory
Additional Recommendation 2: Get the full-length top rail from Sierra 12
Installation Tools Required
To install the optic base mount on the rifle, you have to disassemble the rifle.
The only tools you need are:
- 3/32" punch pin
- wide flat head screwdriver
- vice grip wrench
- torque wrench
- gunsmith mallet
Blue Locktite is recommended
M1A Scope Mount FAQ
Is The Mount Centered To The Rifle Bore
Often people forget the minor detail of centering the scope base mount to the bore of the rifle.
If you don't do this correctly you will waste tons of ammo and no matter how much you try to zero the rifle it will have a horizontal offset.
Compared to other cheap mounts like the AIMS, UTG mounts, the SADLAK gives the rifle way better alignment, tightness for accuracy.
Is Added Weight Significant?
The SADLAK and Springfield Armory base mounts are the most reliable options on the market. The SADLAK mount is the lightest for weighing just 0.57 lbs with full steel construction.
The Springfield mount weighs about 1.2 lbs.
- Aluminum, one-piece construction
- Provides a Picatinny-Style rail above the receiver
- Mounting hardware and detailed installation instructions included
- Will not fit SOCOM II
Optimize Scope Mount Height With Cheek Riser
The M1A stock right out of the box is typically very low, so having a tall mount while chin welding the rifle isn't the best.
The key here is to balance the cheek weld with the sight height. In our experience, getting a $20 rifle cheek riser that elevates your cheek weld for just about 1.5 - 2" is optimal.
The Springfield Gen 4 M1A mount is by far the best for rock solid optic mounting from the company that makes the rifle.
Th SADLAK Steel version is the next best one out there. It's a bit harder to install but with multiple contact points help with maintaining zero.