Going “Six-Five” With Springfield Armory’s M1A 6.5 Creedmoor In June GUNS Magazine
(ArmsVault.com) – Much to the delight of high-power competitive shooters, Springfield Armory’s iconic M1A is now offered in a 6.5 Creedmoor chambering. Contributing Editor Holt Bodinson went hands-on with the Loaded Precision Adjustable model for the June issue of GUNS Magazine.
Offering superior downrange ballistics and reduced recoil over the original .308, 6.5 Creedmoor mates perfectly with Springfield’s M1A. The “loaded” test gun housed competition-ready Leupold glass, Springfield’s National Match trigger and barrel and an Archangel stock. The M1A was fed 140-gr. match ammo from Federal American Eagle, Hornady, Nosler and SIG SAUER, and all three-shot groups from 100 yards were sub-MOA.
“Working with the rifle was like working with an old friend,” Holt offers. “It fed, fired, extracted and ejected without a hiccup. In 6.5 Creedmoor, its accuracy and reduced recoil were refreshing.”
Value meets performance in Kahr Arms’ CT9 and CW380. The full sized 9mm (CT9) and pocket-sized .380 featured here sport black carbon fiber treatment for a rugged appearance, while aggressive texturing assures a firm grip. Mike Cumpston and Deborah Davison found both pistols functioned perfectly and hit close to the sights out to 25 yards regardless of bullet weight or velocity. With group sizes ranging from 1.7 to 3.5 inches, both agree accuracy of the CT9 is “outstanding in anybody’s book for a gun like this.”
All the bells and whistles went into the customized 16-inch Aero Precision M4E1 rifle topping the June Firearms Package Giveaway. Select features include an ATLAS S-ONE handguard in a Multicam Black Arid Cerakote finish; XLR Industries Tactical AR stock; Geissele Automatics’ SSA-E trigger; Super 42 buffer system and Maritime bolt catch; Radian Weapons Raptor charging handle; Magpul MBUS Pro and a VG6 Precision Gamma 556 muzzlebrake. The winner will also receive a Yacare from TOPS Knives and a Universal Gun Care Pack from Shooter’s Choice. The total value of this exceptional package is $1,974.99. Readers are invited to enter the drawing for free by visiting www.gunsmagazine.com/giveaway
Getting a shot off too slowly, fiddling with equipment and unsteady offhand shooting can lead to lost game. Hunters make mistakes and learning from them is key — Dave Anderson explains in June’s “Rifles” column. The “Out-Of-The-Box” installment details the resurrection of a “super snubbie” in Smith & Wesson’s “Special-K” Model 66 .357. And “Think Tank” ruminates the merits a bit of computer savvy affords the modern day gun collector.
Just in time for summer, CCW pro Massad Ayoob gives his top picks for concealment clothing in “Gun Garb” — this month’s exclusive Online Feature. The June issue of GUNS is on newsstands now with a digital version available for purchase online at www.gunsmagazine.com/digital-version.