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Thread: 3 flavors of scoped M1As, circa 1967 to early 1990s.

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    3 flavors of scoped M1As, circa 1967 to early 1990s.

    Took a group picture of my 3 SAI M1As with glass-bedded vintage stocks and vintage military optics and mounts that were arranged in chronological order, with oldest at the bottom. Just some random pics of the scopes used from circa 1967 (M84 on bottom), followed by AR-TEL from 1969 to early 1980s (middle), to the ART II used from early 1980s thru early 1990s (on top)

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    All are kind-of primitive compared to today's optic systems, but historically interesting, IMO.
    Last edited by Random Guy; 7th October 2019 at 01:54 PM. Reason: typos

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    Re: 3 flavors of scopes M1A, circa 1967 to early 1990s.

    Very nice.
    We have come a long way in a relatively short period of time.
    Sure is wonderful to have more effective optics today.

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    Re: 3 flavors of scopes M1A, circa 1967 to early 1990s.

    Yes, there has been a lot of advances in optics. The Leupold Tactical optics that came out in the mid-1980s were a large leap forward. I have a 1990 dated Leupold M3A Ultra fixed 10x scope on my XM25 replica, and it is a huge advancement over the 1960-1970s era scopes. Of course today's high-end tactical scopes are light years ahead of these vintage scopes, as well as the Leupolds of the mid-to-late 1980s. Today's scope mounts are also much improved relative to what is seen in these pics.
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    Re: 3 flavors of scopes M1A, circa 1967 to early 1990s.

    Always enjoy your threads Sir. Thanks for all the work you do to keep memories of bygone days of the M14 alive in our memories.

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    Re: 3 flavors of scopes M1A, circa 1967 to early 1990s.

    Quote Originally Posted by Random Guy View Post
    Of course today's high-end tactical scopes are light years ahead of these vintage scopes.



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    Re: 3 flavors of scoped M1As, circa 1967 to early 1990s.

    Thanks for sharing those rifles and scopes!

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