We present a comprehensive selection of M1A scope mounts on this page covering all of the major manufacturers and hitting a range of price points. No matter what quality you after from the top of the line to the most affordable, there should be an M1A scope mount that will suit your needs featured here.
The Springfield Armory M1A rifle is a civilian form of the M14 rifle. It is .308 caliber a tactical rifle that is one of the most outstanding performers in its class as well as being extremely versatile. The rifle will serve equally well in high powered rifle competition as it will in close quarters combat.
As with the M14, the M1A was not designed to mount a scope out of the box and that means there is a requirement to use a specifically designed M1A scope mount. These scope mounts are specifically built and fitted to cater for the bolt action.
The list of scope mounts examine the various options that are available on the market today and allows you to compare them. Each mount is built with slight differences that makes it unique and contains features that you may find best suit your needs and it's these differences that may determine what you believe is the best M1A scope mount. The mounts that have been discussed on this page provides a wide range of choices giving you the chance to pick from some great M1A Scout scope options as well as standard models.
We have attempted to provide the length of each mount where available as well as the weight. As an indication of price, we have also provided the manufacturer's recommended price, however in most cases it is possible to buy the mounts for less than the quoted price.
Comparison List of M1A Scope Mounts
Make / Model
McCann Industries M1A Solid Steel Scope Mount
Detailed Description of M1A Scope Mounts
Now that we have had a quick overview of the different makes and models that are available we will now dig a little deeper into each one. We have provided some short M1a scope mount reviews describing the mounts that were introduced above. We have included some of the more important features that stand out from each product and these will provide us with a more complete selection of M1a optics options to choose from.
Springfield Armory M1A Generation 4 Scope Mount
This is a tough scope mount that has been specifically designed for the M1A rifle. The way in which it attaches to the rifle means that the bolt assembly will be cleared which is the difficulty with mount a scope on this type of rifle
The Springfield M1a scope mount is made from aluminum and mounts to the rifle using a Picatinny Style rail above the receiver.
It is built to be solid thanks to the 3 points of contact with which it is mounted to the receiver. It will take a little effort to get it properly installed, but this shouldn’t be a problem because the mount comes with detailed instructions. We have also provided a video with installation instructions further down the page.
The mount has been designed to be well suited for a Springfield M1a Scout Squad scope.
UTG New Gen 4-Point Locking Deluxe Scope Mount
This is a simple to install scope mount that has been constructed from aircraft-grade aluminum, machined from a solid block and given a matte black finish. It is one of the best low-cost options when looking for a reliable M1A scope mount.
It is a Mil-spec quality sniper mount that has been specifically designed for the M1A/M14 rifle. When fitting it to the M1A rifle it has been found to fit like a glove. It is compatible with a Picatinny/Weaver style 15-slot rail and the rear end locks into the charger rail dovetail.
The four points of contact come from a side plate that features a locking point, the horizontal bottom guide, and an adjustable side screw. When locked in place it has been found to be completely stable, however when it is removed and then reattached, adjustments are necessary to regain zero.
The dimensions of this scope mount are 6.1 inches long x 1.6 inches wide and 1.8 inches high.
Aim Sports M-14/M1A Scope Mount
Another of the extremely low-priced options, the Aim Sports mount is constructed from aircraft quality aluminum. This one is a little more difficult to mount on your rifle with some hand fitting required to get it right.
It has been proven to be a very rugged performer that will remain solidly steady through hundreds of rounds. There are two large adjustment screws that will allow you to lock the mount firmly in place – some have used Loctite to ensure the screws are completely immobile once mounted. It mounts to a standard Picatinny rail and accepts all Weaver standard rings.
Sadlak Industries M14/M1A Steel Scope Mount
The Sadlak aluminum scope mounts that have been designed for the M1A/M14 have been made from stress-relieved 4142 bar stock with a hardness of 28-32 Rc. The finish is Mil-Spec black manganese phosphate.
The design of these mounts are positive 3-point and they allow the mount to be removed and reassembled without losing zero. It has a Picatinny-style rail that allows it to be universally mounted.
The company also produces comparable mounts made from either a lighter weight aluminum, titanium or an airborne steel version. The aluminum version is also lower in cost. The company states that this mount is an ideal mount for rifles used in less demanding circumstances and hunting.
The Sadlak M1a scope mount is made to precise specifications to ensure that it is a match with the M1A rifle. It will remain solidly in place once it has been properly installed. And speaking of installation, it is a relatively easy task, but if difficulties are encountered it is possible to follow the detailed installation instructions on the company website.
GG&G M1A Scout Scope Mount
According to the GG&G website, this is a scope mount that has been specifically designed for the M1A “Scout Squad” or “SOCOM 16”. It features a cut out factory top handguard. It is made from CNC machined 6061-T6 billet aluminum.
There is a large center channel that has been built into the mount that serves two purposes. Firstly, it cuts down the weight of the mount and secondly, it allows for the use of the factory iron sights.
The mount provides 7 inches of MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail and extends rearward to the front of the receiver. It will be able to be clamped solidly to the barrel through 8 clamping screws.
The finish is a type III hard coat anodized non-reflective matte black. This is a quality scope mount produced by a highly respected company.
McCann Industries M1A Solid Steel Scope Mount
There is no fooling around with this scope mount. It is made from solid steel and is built to be particularly durable and rock solid. The solid steel construction is designed to ensure complete rigidity and repeatability.
The mount is built to withstand all of the recoil forces that are at play each time the rifle is fired so that it will always retain zero.
The company states that the mounts require no gunsmithing for installation, although they also recommend some drilling of the charger guide. Full installation instructions are included with the kit. The mount is compatible with either Weaver or Picatinny rail systems.
This particular mount is a little more difficult to find these days with the company no longer in business. It is worth looking for used scope mounts that may be available on eBay, for example.
A.R.M.S. #18 M21/M14/M1A Scope Mount Foundation
The ARMS M21/14 Scope Mount is suitable for the M1A rifle and is an ultra low profile mounting system. It is made from 8620 case hardened steel to provide the toughest and most durable mount possible.
The mount has two attaching points as well as a third contact point to complete the stability system that can be relied upon for consistent repeatability.
The iron sights can be used while the mount is in place with the scope detached thanks to a groove down the center of the mounting rail. This mount has proven to be very popular over quite a few years thanks to the sturdiness of the construction and its reliability once locked in place.
Bassett Machine M1A Picatinny Rail Scope Mount
This is a rugged and durable scope mount that has been designed for the M14/M1A rifle. It is a Picatinny Rail mount that conforms to the MIL-STD 1913 tolerances.
According to the company website the mount will not shoot loose once it has been correctly installed. Installation can be achieved by using the Torque Tool that comes with the mount. The bolt requires 22 inch-pounds of torque for it to hold completely stable and will provide absolute consistency that will always return the rifle to zero.
This Bassett scope mount is compatible with Weaver rings and they have been specifically recommended by the company. The mount and rings combination allows clearance for case ejection.
There are two versions of the Picatinny Rail scope mount available, a high mount and a low mount with it possible to use the iron sights with the high mount but not with the low.
You can find complete installation instructions for this mount on the Bassett Machine website.
As can be seen from the range discussed above, there is a range in terms of the specs to which each mount is built. While not all mounts are built to the highest possible military specs they will still perform an adequate job for most shooters. You have to decide just how important the higher quality components are for your needs.
Features To Consider When Buying an M1A Scope Mount
The scope mount for M1A rifles is a specific design that has been created to overcome a few aspects that are particular to the design and performance of the gun it is attached to. There are a number of considerations that should be taken into account when looking for a suitable scope mount for your M1A. Fit and function will be very similar across the board, after all, they must all fit the standard scope sizes and must be able to attach to your M1A, but the variables are worth looking at more closely.
In this case we are talking about factors such as:
Ease of Use
There are a few ways of going about the process of ensuring that you are adding the best scope for M1A rifles. The obvious one is to buy a high quality scope that will serve your specific shooting needs. You then have to follow that up by ensuring that the M1A scope mounts you use (and it is important that they are M1A scope mounts) fit both your scope and your rifle.
Scope Rings For the M1A
High, medium or low? What do you use?
The other factor to think about when putting a cope on your M1A is to determine what height the rings should be. The main point, as with all scope rings, is to ensure your M1A scope rings are high enough to accommodate the objective lens size. In other words, the front end of the scope must clear the barrel.
If you have not used a scope on your M1A before and are used to using the iron sights, high scope rings might prove to require a significant adjustment if you are going to get proper cheek weld. This is a consideration that should also be made when deciding what to use.
Scope Mount Performance
This is probably the most important aspect to consider because it will be here that your shooting experience is going to be affected. Extremely well engineered scope mounts that are fitted solidly and never move are what we are looking for.
You want to find mounts that are engineered from quality materials that are also lightweight and feature a mounting system that provides multiple secure points.
A great example of a scope mount that meets all of the quality requirements is the Sadlak Industries M1A/M14 Steel Scope Mount.
The price of a product is often the biggest influencing factor that makes up a lot of people’s buying decision. This can be a dangerous way to buy a scope mount, particularly if you are going to try to buy a particularly cheap model.
Some scope mounts may appear to be expensive because they cost more than other models. But over the longer term, when you get consistent good performance over many years, it may turn out that the higher priced mount actually costs less than other models that need to be replaced.
But the good news is that there are many very reasonably priced scope mounts (for around the $100 mark) that are made from quality materials and are well constructed.
The McCann Industries M1A Solid Steel Scope Mount is a great example of a high quality scope mount that is made from quality steel stock and is built to be particularly durable and reliable. And it is available for around $100.
Ease of Use
When you take a look around at the many different makes and models of scope mounts you expect to see pretty much the same concept each time. But the customer reviews reveal that there are some major differences between the good and the bad. And those differences often come about when trying to properly position the mount on your rifle.
A good scope mount will employ a straightforward mounting system, in most cases the Weaver or Picatinny rail system. And the screws are tightened according to the instruction manual so they will remain properly and securely in place.
Here is the crux of the matter when it comes to what makes a good M1A scope mount. As long as you can rely on it to hold your scope tightly and consistently shot after shot, as long as it allows you to shoot accurately, it should be considered the best possible scope mount available.
Once it is attached to your rifle you don’t really care what you went through to get it there and once you’ve bought it, you no longer stress about the cost. A good scope mount should rarely be thought about again. It holds your scope and it sits firmly in place exactly where it was installed.
Without a scope you are limiting yourself to using the iron sights. Some may see this as a perfectly reasonable level of aiming assistance, but the truth is that if you are going to maximize the potential of your rifle you are going to want to add a scope. Getting the scope properly mounted and zeroed will ensure that you will get the most out of your rifle.
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When all is said and done, the process for choosing the best scope mount for M1A rifles comes down to factors such as the way you shoot, your own personal set up and your available budget. As can be seen by the choices that have been provided above, there are a lot of makes and models available and they will all have their own individual strengths and weaknesses. Weigh up the features of each scope mount model and make your decision accordingly.