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Moammo6 04-20-2015 01:42 PM

SAI vs USGI Stock Shape & Dimensions
Probably a simple Q for the old M14 collector guys: Got an SAI M1A a while back, then ordered a surplus M14 stock for a couple of reasons: (1) keep the SAI stock "cherry", and (2) also to have a bit of the original stuff. The stocks are quite different in profile/dimensions, not even considering the selector switch cut-out. The USGI stock has quite a sharp comb and pistol grip, while SAI is much fatter and rounder. The other major difference is the mag well wood. The USGI I received is only about 3/16" thick on LH side vs. 3/8" for the RH side. The SAI is symetrically @ 3/8" on both sides. Comments for a newish M1A-M14 guy (did carry one for a couple of years in the mid-60s Army, but no recall of details) are welcome.

tinydata 04-20-2015 01:52 PM

SAI gets their new-production stocks from Boyds. While they do produce a lot of stocks, Boyds is notorious for fat, oversized stocks with fit issues. For a while, Boyds Garand stocks were heavily looked down upon for those reasons.

As far as I know, USGI stocks will come in two profiles- the slimmer standard profile and the fatter "big red" birch stocks. The "big red" are still considerably skinnier than the SAI stocks.

KurtC 05-09-2015 12:06 AM

The current SAI stocks, made by Boyds, are medium weight. They are the same stocks used on National Match models, just without the bedding. They are similar in size to the USGI "big red" stocks that were used as replacements for the original issue ones, which were prone to warping and cracking.

Minelli, in Italy, makes a wood stock that is more trim than the Boyds yet is still stronger than the USGI.

Sailormilan2 05-09-2015 03:35 PM

Over on the M14 forum, there is a thread showing the differences in the stocks by manufacturer. Each maker has subtle differences in their stocks.

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