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  • My M40A1

    Since its Friday and since we all love to see Smears I figured I would share my M40A1 build. This build is the culmination of years of collecting and is the capstone of my collection. The M40A1 to me is hands down the most beautiful rifle this world has ever seen and they are what I am passionate most when it comes to building and collecting. I have pretty much sold/traded all of my other rifles/parts outside of the M40 realm to hone in on and focus on my A1 stuff. This rifle has a very unique and gorgeous semi-smear with unique purple/red colors I haven't seen on any other smears and has a unique shade of green to it as well.

    If you take a look at the last couple pics I posted I was able to find a picture of a bunch of M40A1's and M16's leaned up against some bleachers. The stock on my A1 is the far right rifle in the pic. The pic came from the government archive website and I actually found the pic and link scrolling through the M40A1 photo thread here on the forum. There is another pic that shows one of the exact A1's from the bleacher pic and has the description says that it was from the Scout Sniper Instructor School in Quantico, Va and that pic and the bleacher pic have the exact date that they were taken in July of 1987, so all of those M40A1's leaned up against the bleacher were rifles used by the Scout Sniper Instructor School in 1987, Definitely cool to have some documentation and picture of my stock when it was in service, I also love the worn out salty silver finish that they all had before painting was authorized. The pic I posted with all the stocks is what GA precision bought when they they got first dibs and was able to get a solid bunch of them, you can see my stock is the bottom right one, I definitely feel blessed to have been able to acquire such a piece of history and have the rifle done exactly the way I wanted it.

    My A1 also has matching bottom metal, real Unertl mount, very nice Unertl, and real Simrad cap. That case is a real and salty protecto caddy with A1 numbers on it, also in the case I was able to find an original Unertl mount box that they were issued in as well as some other cool stuff in there.

    Most people when they think of a perfect A1 build they think of a freshly black oxided pristine A1, not me, I wanted mine to look exactly like the battle worn A1's looked and as authentic and salty as I possibly could. The action and barrel are not original paint and I spent hours upon hours carefully sanding and buffing them to give them the correct look.

    I am truly thankful to those on this site who throughout the past couple years have helped me collect parts for this build, you guys know who you are and I am forever thankful.

    Lets see some pics of everybody else's A1's since we all know thats what we love the most!! but I figured you guys would appreciate some decent M40 porn lol.



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    That is one sexy sum a bitch !!!!!

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    • #3
      Also forgot to mention this stock has a green fill in the barrel channel which is unique, I have never seen another smear that had green fill, most semi smears have a maroon fill in the barrel channel. Definitely a unique smear. If anybody has seen a return smear like this one please share some pics. Thanks.



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      • #4
        That’s a sweet rifle. Congrats!!

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        • #5
          Very nice M40A1, I like the pictures you found when the rifle was in service and all the details about the stock ,geoff3

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          • #6
            Thanks for posting, very nice!
            Does anyone know exactly what brand/type the leather cheeck risers are?

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            • #7
              Thanks guys!! She is truly a labor of love, Majikani I have been trying to find out as well, I bought one on eBay recently but I didn’t pay close enough attention and the eyelet pattern is different and there were other differences than these on the A1...I definitely wouldn’t mind using one on my A1.

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              • #8
                Couple more good pics.





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                  • Bildoe308
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                    Wish I had more painted a1 stocks....Awesome build Sir😎....

                  • Bildoe308
                    Bildoe308 commented
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                    I wish I had close up picture of the stock before hand.....many hours of wet sanding were put into this gun to make it a shiny plinker💥

                • #10
                  Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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                  • #11
                    Thanks man! No problem.

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                    • #12
                      Bildoe,

                      I love that stock! That is a very very good representation of the transition from smear to woodland!!

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                      • #13
                        That is absolutely awesome. Love the weathered patina on all the components. Stellar and what a great collection of parts, no doubt a life long effort to hobble together all the parts.

                        Nicely done sir

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                        • #14
                          Thanks! I appreciate it. The weathered patina and battle worn look was something I was always drawn to and it was important to me to try and go the extra mile to make it as authentic as possible. It’s also nice not having to worry about whether my gun is going to get scratched or dinged up and it’s the gun I shoot the most, she is a tack driver.. I’ll post a range report someday.

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                          • #15
                            Wow, that is most impressive. Excellent attention to detail, and obviously you will be a very good caretaker of that neat piece of USMC history. Well done(!)

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