Inspired by the shortened “Tanker” Garand marketed for commercial sales in the 1960s, the M1A Tanker is the newest member of Springfield Armory’s M1A rifles. Combining handiness and maneuverability with full-size firepower, the Tanker configuration of the M1A pays tribute to the classic M14 while offering a shortened, handier model that didn't have the unwieldy barrel length and extra weight of the original M1A design.
“Our M1A SOCOM 16 was honored with the Golden Bullseye Award for “Rifle of the Year” in 2005. Because of the enduring popularity of that model, we wanted to offer that same rifle with a new walnut stock for a variation we know our customers will love,” explains Springfield Armory VP of Marketing Steve Kramer.
Compact and maneuverable, the new M1A Tanker rifle features a 16.25-inch parkerized barrel which is nearly ten inches shorter than the M1A standard model, allowing for quick-handling in close quarters.
The brand-new walnut stock for the M1A Tanker has an enlarged “ghost-ring” aperture, which is adjustable for both windage and elevation. The front sight of the rifle features an XS Sights post with a tritium insert perfect for fast target acquisition in low-light. The M1A Tanker tames the power of the .308 Win./7.62 NATO cartridge with a specially-designed muzzle brake, which allows for controlled recoil and fast follow-up shots, despite its 8.75-pound weight.
The M1A Tanker ships with a 10-round Parkerized magazine. The M1A Tanker also accepts the same magazines as other M1A models, allowing users to choose from either 5-, 10-, or 20-round magazines.
Ready for defensive use in any scenario, the M1A Tanker provides the reliability you expect from the legendary M1A platform in a powerful, lightweight package.