Archangel M1A Adjustable Stock from Pro-Mag – Gear Review

Switch to Hybrid Mode. Too light a rifle can result in a vicious recoil impulse. Smooth surface Stainless Steel piston is micro-finished, then electro-polished to prevent rounding of the gas grooves for smooth, reliable cycling and extended service life. January 17, at Add all the prices together to get your total price. It is the same as magnum fill except there is lightweight fiberglass in the butt stock, not foam. I have an M1a but the Garand just lays more naturally for me.

This price includes the color and finish of your choice. Now click or look in the “stock options or accessories list”. You will see many optional items here and the price each option will add to the base price. For a hunting stock you can choose from two different recoil pads and specify the length of pull.

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As a rifle stock it feels good in your hand, and the sharp edges and nice finishes make you feel like you are holding a genuinely high quality piece of equipment.

The thing is, for a rifle stock, plastic is probably a better material, and embedding fiberglasss into the plastic cures any weaknesses that pure plastic would have.

These heavy, expensive, machined aluminum stocks are great, but they are, like a Rockchucker press, overkill for the job at hand. For most people who want to use their M1A for both close quarters battle and long distance shooting, the adjustable cheekpiece is probably the best feature. It allows you to adjust the stock to a perfect cheek weld position for long distance shooting, and then it can be re-adjusted for an uphead holographic or red dot sight.

We found the adjustable cheekpiece to be solid and reliable, with no wobble at even at the high positions. The same goes for the adjustable recoil pad. The same can be said for the pushbutton sling mount holes on the Archanangel. Whatever the formulation for the plastic is on these chassis, the folks at Pro-Mag seem to have gotten it right. The Archangel has several more models out, including a recent Mosin-Nagant addition, and they are all based on the success of this chassis which was first released in The weaknesses of the Archangel could be dealbreakers for you.

The only rail is the bottom front, made for a bipod, and it is more of the same plastic. The lack of an ability to add additional rails is kind of a bummer. Technically, this is of course plastic so you could just drill holes and mount standard rails if you counterbore the holes on the inside. Just make sure your rail toys clear the sides if you decide to try it. If you have never taken apart an M1A, you just pull the rear of the trigger guard out of its clip and the whole gun falls apart.

The entire top of the firearm is held onto the stock by the trigger assembly, which is a lever, and the force is applied to the two feet that you can see here in the pictures. Like any M1A stock, the Archangel fits between the upper assembly and the trigger guard assembly. But what the folks at Pro-Mag did was make their stock slightly thicker than the distance between the metal pieces, so you squeeze the stock in.

This is how they claim to avoid the need for bedding, because the action is locked to the stock via the plastic pads of the stock and the metal feet of the triggerguard. The directions say to use a file but I used a razorblade, and as long as I scraped only a few times before trying to re-fit, it seemed to be the ideal tool.

Plastic is actually a good material for this, because unlike aluminum it has memory and springs back when you squeeze it. Accuracy with the M1A faces a lot of challenges, and the Archangel only cures one of them. If anything throws accuracy off in an M1A more than anything, it is these cuts and pressure from the clip. As the barrel heads up, it bends toward the cuts. The entire front gas assembly connection is also a problem. Out of the box this gun shot about 3 MOA, and at 50 yards with open sights it shot about half that for these tests.

Occasional flyers were the only thing keeping the gun out of MOA range, which is phenomenal for a gun with so many things clamped to the barrel. Without a well tested, full length higher grade M1A it would be difficult to judge what this stock can do as compared to a traditional bedded stock, but this rudimentary test showed promising results.

The M1A is a dinosaur of a firearm according to many, but the fact that it still soldiers on in our military, and also wins yard matches, speaks volumes for the merit of the original design. Pro-Mag makes these stocks in the USA, and they come with a full warranty. It would be nice if the Archangel had a rear scope rail, because though the peep sights on an M1A are great for what they are, long range shooting is much easier with good optics.

There is no doubt that the Archangel is a high quality piece of a equipment that you can buy with confidence that it will do what you expect of it. We hope to get the Allen stock in here at some point, as well as the Troy, another aluminum stock, but for now, this Archangel does the job. I think the main benefit is the stiffening of the chassis, and the enhanced ability to use a scope correctly.

More like jaw or chin weld. I used a plastic cheek piece which was a good upgrade, but the chassis effect is even better. I now have a MOA capable rifle, which is comfortable to use prone and kneeling. My next move is to see how I can upgrade the optics mounts and see how that enhances the accuracy. This stock is very, very good for the money. The whole rig is several thousand dollars, and I like shooting it at the range and the occasional competition. I also use this out in the wilderness where conditions are more difficult.

I am not so keen to have the Springfield in these conditions, because it cost me so much. The JAE is a work of perfection, and is probably the best available. But it is also at a price point. If you are in the military or shooting for gold, go JAE, if not the Archangel is a great budget buy. I took it step by step just as the gentleman in the video did it.

It was a very nice fit. Somewhat tight as when the trigger group was to lock into the receiver. Just as the guy said in the video I also had approx. The trigger group locked into place and no play was noted to either side of the receiver. I then went out to the range and shot it. After shooting 31 rounds and sighting in my scope a piece fell out of the magwell. It was one of the ears of the trigger guard that locks the trigger group into the receiver. It was confirmed when I got home and removed the trigger group from the rifle that indeed one of the ears that locks it into the stock had broken off.

I called Springfield and they are sending me a new trigger guard for I saw on their website that they will be soon selling the rifle as an option in an archangel stock.

I warned them of my problem and it sounded as if they were not even interested after receiving my credit card info. Im just telling you so that should anyone else have a broken trigger guard it looks as though the stress of firing the rifle with such a tight fit can cause failure.

Please let me know if anyone else has had this part fail in your stock. Wow there are some sensitive people here, sure the admin was a little inappropriate but so what? People on a forum adding their worthless opinions? Demanding an admin to resign because he called out a JAE stock fanboy?

Perhaps you all should keep a box of tissues near your computer incase you get offended on the internet and need to cry it out. First and foremost if the best you can shoot is 1 MOA at yards you need much, much more practice as I can shoot that with a Cetme. With my Swedish Mauser in 6. It is not only childish but also an indicator of just how immature you are and I find it embarrassing for both you and the site itself. I am hoping to see an apology and a total retraction of your very insulting comments.

Today, I concurred before ever seeing your post. You are absolutely correct. JAE has NOTHING to fear from this archangel stock; people who want and can afford the likely superior quality that the JAE offers will get it; those who cannot or would never spend that much for a stock even if they could afford it, will not. Its an interesting dialogue. The stock offers features and performance improvement from the M1A for a modest price.

I have a scout M1A and am former Infantry. The walnut stock is just too pretty to let get dinged up. I came up through infantry both as an 11B enlisted man, and eventually years later as an Infantry Lieutenant. This was the era of the M16A1 and E2, all pre M Pistol grip, check, adjustable cheek riser for sighting through optics, while still allowing use of iron sights, check. This infantryman likes it, this is my go-to MBR, the one I will put the trust of my life behind, not my M4 despite over a thousand hours of M training over a dozen years.

If you could just barely afford a Ferrari, would you actually buy one? The Arch Angel M1A stock serves a legit market niche. For any responsible husband and father of a middle class life. A little overpriced for me, but for around bucks perhaps some people could find it interesting.. At the very least Pro mag should give a shout out to JAE as there insperation.

Or maybe its better for JAE if they dont ,why align your self with a company that would rip off a small mom and pop american co, who actually did the homework and spent the money.

Administrator you have taken the low road in your responses about a female employee of JAE. I suggest that you resign your poition as you are neither funny nor professional. Your juvinil respose is not what the gun industry needs right now.

Looks like another overpriced piece of crap. Not as ridiculously priced as the bull pup stocks but altogether unnecessary. Of course it would. And Olin ammo is walmart quality, regardless of where it is purchased. If you want precisely made ammo buy Hornady. I made 10, back-pack rocket keys from titanium with a tolerance of 30 millionths of an inch on two machines originally put in service to make dot matrix printer parts.

I picked up the Archangel for my M-1A late last year. I have purchased and used other Pro Mag products, and, overall, have been pleased with their quality. When fitting the Archangel stock to your M-1A, the You Tube videos were bang-on for tips and details. Since you cannot compete with the Archangel in any competition sanctioned by the NRA, being able to go back to the original GI stock is important for me. I will never buy another Pro-Mag product.

I bought one of their magazines for my M1 Carbine and it would not lock into the receiver. I sent them several e-mails and they never responded. The only thing that is going to help a gun business in these times is customer service, and they suck!

You clearly fear that the higher quality of the JAE stock will not be enough for customers to justify its cost given there is a lower cost stock with similar features. If the higher quality is as good as you claim, you have nothing to fear but if people were buying it only because it had no other real competitors, then JAE allowed this to happen through its pricing structure. In either event I suggest you consider this instructive video: However, I ended up selling the M1A to fund a Remington project — but not before having spoken with Lisa briefly about their stock.

Then, after some elapsed time I got wind of the fact that they were going to make a Rem chassis, so I spoke with Lisa and emailed with her on numerous occasions about options and personalization — even got permission from AAC to have their Skull and Crossed Rifles engraved into my cheek piece took a pic of my AAC flag to send to Lisa as a file.

You also seem to be implying that JAE charges too much for their chassis. You know, now that you mention it, she is pretty sharp looking, not surprisingly. If you are one of the thousands who bought an M1A from Springfield Armory in the last few years, you might be considering this very question. When comparing the M1A with the typical. For a little less money than your average. Before working on any project, I take an accuracy test as a baseline for performance improvements.

Two large thumbscrews attach this mount to the left side of the receiver. For consistency, Hornady ammo was selected to print five five-shot groups at yards. As some say, tan is the new black. This rail also works with both traditional wood and fiberglass stocks. Once mounted, the BattleRail stays with the barreled action. I also asked the Custom Shop to install its National Match barrel, give the trigger an NM tuning, then put it all together. McMillan stocks are not drop-in pieces of colored fiberglass, and they come available in three options at different price points: For this build, I went with the full-inlet selection to minimize shop labor and waited a few weeks for the stock to arrive.

Weeks later, the rifle arrived. And then there was the improved trigger. At four pounds, pulling it becomes addictive. The finished product loosely resembled the M1A it once was.

Before sending this rifle into service, I needed to perform one last test fire with the new Mark 4. Group sizes were cut in half or better on a few occasions with an overall average of.


For the standard M1A rifle, the two new options are the flat dark earth composite stock and the very popular Kryptek Highlander camo composite stock. The SOCOM 16 rifle will be available with composite stocks finished in flat dark earth and in MultiCam camo. The world of tactical rifles forever changed in when Springfield Armory® introduced the M1A™ SOCOM NATO power in a . But this isn’t the case with Avery’s build. In the spirit of the Marine Corps’ DMR, I would turn to McMillan for a new adjustable M3A stock that would have to be fitted and glass bedded. Given time, I could have done this all myself, but few gunsmiths can glass-bed an M1A better than the Springfield Armory Custom Shop. I also asked the Custom Shop .