M1A serial number 097726 shipped from VO to SA, Inc. Our warranty is for the life of the gun against defect in workmanship no matter how many owners or what length of time. Importance: High Lexi, I did indeed buy this rifle, it is New in Box. Davis :roll: La Habana, Cuba ;) ----- Original Message ----- From: Lexi To: 'Jefferson' Sent: Friday, January 10, 2003 PM Subject: RE: Pre-Ban??? The serial number you gave me, 0797XX, is in deed a pre-ban model, manufactured in April of 1994 prior to the September 1994 ban date. Importance: High Lexi, the one you helped me with before is gone, here's another.

Never fired, still had the SA Tag on the trigger, with all the papers, including the Warranty Card. Was considering buying a used M1A, serial number 0797XX A lady on the phone told me it was a pre-ban, manufactured May 1994.

After the Spanish American War in 1898, and some experimentation with the Mauser rifle, the US military decided it needed a higher power rifle for the troops.

By the year 1900, the Springfield Armory has its first prototype of the 1903, but it had not been adopted by the military until 1903 due to politics and the use of a new standard issue rifle only 9 years prior (the Krag Jorgensen).

within the Reference forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; Moderator, could we get this thread made as a sticky?

M14/M1A fans, let's put together a database of the dates M1A rifles were assembled at ...

It also remained in service as a sniper rifle during World War II, the Korean War, and even in the early stages of the Vietnam War. While the Krag had been issued in both a long rifle and carbine, the Springfield was issued only as a short 24-inch barrel rifle in keeping with current trends in Switzerland and Great Britain to eliminate the need for both long rifles and carbines.

It remains popular as a civilian firearm, historical collector's piece, and as a military drill rifle. The two main problems usually cited with the Krag were its slow-to-load magazine and its inability to handle higher chamber pressures for high-velocity rounds.Also during this early time in the bolt action rifle's history, the introduction of the Pederson device (which was used to allow the M1903 to fire the .30 caliber pistol cartridge) occurred and modifications to the ammunition and sights were made.During World War II additional manufacturers were added to the list of makers of the M1903, namely Remington and Smith-Corona (known for their typewriters).The M1903, up until the United States involvement in World War I was produced by either The Springfield Armory (when it was federally owned) or Rock Island Arsenal and about 850,000 were produced up until that point.The M1903 was valued as a tool to the soldier because if its sheer power, high speed projectile and its accuracy.Other advancements had made it clear that the Army needed a replacement. A prototype rifle was produced in 1900; interestingly, it was very similar to Rifle No.5, the final Mauser M92 prototype in the US Army rifle trials of 1892.