The M14 may catch your eye, but it’s probably safe to assume that the majority of our readers own the Springfield Armory M1A rifle. If you have an original M14, congratulations! If not, you have nothing to worry about because many scope mounts created for this style of rifle fit both models.
We’ve put together this review for the best M1A and M14 scope mounts on the market, and we’ll let you know what our top pick is at the end. While most of what is available is pretty standard in the market for rifle scope mounts, the main thing we want you to consider is material. Most of you should want (or only necessarily need) aluminum mounts, but there are many more options for M14/M1A steel scope mounts than you may have noticed for other rifles. If you want a scope mount that will take more heat, consider purchasing steel, but know that you’ll be paying $100+ more than you would for an aluminum option.
Materials – The UTG New Gen Deluxe Scope Mounts for M1A and M14 rifles are generation two models made of aircraft grade aluminum alloy in a matte black, anodized finish. The six inch Picatinny rail offers fifteen slots for your scope and accessories. It can also accept weaver style mount rings. The mount has been designed to be see-through, so as not to interfere with the original sights. Special cutting can make this a lower profile scope mount, if necessary. The rear end of the mount is lockable, and the entire piece is easy to install without the assistance of a gunsmith. The side plate includes a locking point, a horizontal bottom guide, and an adjustable side screw to keep everything in place during shooting.
Performance – UTG offers a lot of really handy accessories and attachments for rifles, and we’re a big fun of their super budget friendly Generation Two Deluxe M14 and M1A Scope Mount. Six inches is, what we feel, the perfect length to attach to your Springfield Armory rifle. You’ll see throughout this review that some other brands offer both an aluminum and steel model to choose from; however, we couldn’t find that for UTG, so you’re stuck with the sometimes faulty aircraft aluminum. This doesn’t mean you’re buying a dud, but sturdier materials could be used. The UTG New Gen Deluxe Scope Mount sells for a steal of a price, so this is a great product to buy for anyone with a tight budget.
What we say – The UTG New Gen Deluxe M1A / M14 Scope Mounts sell for just over $25 online, which is most certainly the lowest price you’ll see for this type of purchase. UTG puts out some great products for the economical shopper, so don’t let the low price trick you into thinking you’re buying something you’ll throw out the next day.
- Very low cost
- Multiple locking points secures mount
- Fits scopes and rings
- Only available in aluminum
- New Gen mil-spec quality deluxe sniper mount for M14/M1A rifles
- Over 6-inch fully Picatinny-compatible top rail with 15 slots; accepts Weaver-style rings and...
- 1-piece machined from aircraft-grade aluminum alloy with black matte finish
Materials – Yes, this product is specifically for the Squad Scout! Hey, not everyone has your standard M1A, right? The GG&G Scout Scope Mount for M1A rifles is very lightweight, coming in at under half of a pound. It is made of aluminum in a matte black finish. Its appearance is very understated, and it’s intended to provide an integrated look to your M1A Scout. This scope mount offers seventeen slots for your scout scope, and it can be easily installed to the cut out of the upper factory handguard. Depending on the length of your scope, you can get one to two inches of eye relief from this mount.
Performance – There’s really nothing crazy to point out about the GG&G Scout Scope Mount. This option is one of the best M1A scope mounts for your scout rifle that we can recommend. GG&G has been featured by us before, and we can stand behind their scope mounts for just about any firearm. This is another wallet friendly option that still has good quality behind the low price tag. This scope mount will offer very little additional weight to your M1A Scout, but it also provides more slots than the previously reviewed mount. Depending on the type of scope your attach, you can get some decent eye relief, although the advertised one to two inches leaves us a little disappointed. Even so, this is a quality product that should leave you pleasantly satisfied for your needs.
What we say – The GG&G Scout Scope Mount for M1A costs around $100 online, which should be ideal for most buyers. This price is paying for a fairly recognizable name brand. Even if the materials used are a little cheaper, the design and performance of this product will see you through some good use.
- Budget friendly
- Offers seventeen slots
- Very easy to install
- Hard to get good eye relief
- Easy installation
- Low profile design
- No modifications to your weapon are Required
Materials – If you have a Springfield Armory firearm, why not invest in the Springfield M1A scope mount? The Springfield Armory Gen 4 M1A Scope Mount is made of a one piece construction, composed of aluminum in a matte black finish. There are also steel options available online. This style is a little different, but is designed specifically for fitting Springfield’s rifle. There are ten slots available on the Picatinny rail, but they are spaced evenly between the front and rear of the mount. There are two locking points on this scope mount, and your purchase will include detailed installation instructions as well as the proper mounting tools. Despite being made of aluminum, this M1A scope mount weighs just over one pound, but it will also create an incredibly stable base for your scope or scope rings.
Performance – There are many gunowners out there who want to skip the guess work of what will operate properly with their type of firearm, so sticking with the Springfield Armory brand for the scope mount is a good idea for this type of person. The pros are that the Gen 4 M1A Scope Mount will fit properly in every way and that the heavier weight offers a lot of security with your attachments. That being said: it’s heavy! At least, it’s heavier than the other products we’re reviewing for a M1A and M14 scope mount. We also aren’t particularly big fans of the spacing between the rail slots. Even more, while a gunsmith isn’t required to install this scope mount, installation is a little more difficult and will call for a more experienced gunowner. If you follow the directions carefully, you should be in the clear. None of our criticisms are meant to scare you away from buying the Springfield Armory Gen 4 Scope Mount, but you definitely have a little more to consider before entering your credit card information.
What we say – The Springfield Armory Gen 4 M1A Scope Mount can cost your anywhere from $120 to $150 online, depending on where you purchase it from. If you’re interested in the steel option, it will cost you a little over $200.
- Springfield takes out guesswork
- Very stable and secure construction
- Installation requires more skill
- Heavy weight
- Aluminum, one-piece construction
- Provides a Picatinny-Style rail above the receiver
- Mounting hardware and detailed installation instructions included
Materials – The Sadlak Industries M14 Aluminum Scope Mount is made of aircraft grade aluminum in a hard coated, anodized, matte black finish. Although the name only includes M14, this scope mount will also fit your M1A. It weighs about seven and a half ounces, and it is less than six inches long in length. This mount is designed with a three point locking system, which attaches to the side receiver ring, the charger guide dovetail, and the receiver mount lug. It also leaves space to use backup iron sights. There are thirteen slots available for your scope or scope rings, and allows you to be creative with how much eye relief you’ll give yourself. When you buy the Sadlak Industries M14 Aluminum Scope Mount, you’ll also receiver the installation instructions and the correct allen keys and tools needed. It can also be purchased in steel or as an airborne tactical mount.
Performance – Sadlak Industries offers the best scope mount for M1A M14 rifles thanks to it’s very durable performance and its three point locking system. While there is nothing incredibly unique about Sadlak Industries’ scope mount, the company provides pristine quality that won’t fail you during use. We also like that there are multiple materials that this scope mount is offered in. This is one of the shortest and lightest mounts we’ve reviewed, and compact and discrete is always a good way to go.
What we say – The Sadlak Industries M14 Aluminum Scope Mount costs about $125 online. The steel option costs about $220, and the airborne option costs about $255. Although it is the most expensive option, $125 is a pretty decent price for a high quality scope mount.
- Offered in multiple materials
- Lightweight and compact size
- Three point locking system
- Most expensive option
- DIMENSIONS - 5-7/16" Length x 1 3/4" Width x 2 3/8" Height.
- PRECISION-CUT - rail includes 5º angle milled on the underside for easy case ejection without...
- QUALITY - Three-point design clamps down solidly, without alteration, to the side receiver...
Our Top Pick
Our top pick for the best M1A scope mount goes to the Sadlak Industries Aluminum Scope Mount. We don’t normally choose the most expensive option in our reviews, but the aluminum mount costs only a little over $100, and we think that’s a reasonable price for a higher quality piece. We love the light weight, we love the short length, and we love the durability. There are plenty of slots available on the Picatinny/Weaver rail, and it comes with everything you’ll need to install it. You may be tempted to stick with the Springfield Armory scope mount, but we give our word that it’s worth looking into Sadlak Industries.
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