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Mine wallet doth protesteth!
~BUT~

This morning I picked up yet another toy. A Springfield M1A in a synthetic stock, residing at Academy Sports. A couple weeks ago I picked up a .22LR copy of the M-1 carbine by Citadel. I had the opportunity to examine the M1A then.
Well, this morning I went by, and to my surprise it was still there. A LOT of people had been gawking at it according to the clerks -- they weren't telling tales because back when I bought the M1 .22 atleast two people came by and looked at it.
Well, this fills out my EBR collection so now I have 5.56mm., 7.62x39, .30 Carbine and now a true battle rifle caliber, a .308. My one complaint is the magazine that came with it is apparantly only a PC 5 rounder. Oh well, Onto the internet and over to CheaperThanDirt and I will be getting a few 20 rounders soon enough.

Now I have two new toys to try out at the range.:rolleyes:

Ow! I think I sprained my wallet! :-?:duh:
 

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Not many wallets that won’t feel it when buying an M1A. They’re fun, but expensive to feed…and they have large appetites. I’m a FAL man myself, but the M14 runs a not too distant second in my book; it’s a fine rifle.
 

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Kevin Gibson,

As you are one of the gurus around this forum, can you save any real $$$$$ building up an M1A from one of the relatively cheap receivers, that are floating around the shows & surplus parts.

I agree. - I cannot afford a "factory" one on my pension. - At this point all that I have is a brown TRW fiberglas stock & handguard that was "thrown in" as "boot" on a trade that I made years ago.

yours, sw
 

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Just keep looking. There are folks selling off their batteries as they age. The local Gander Mtn. had two CZ400 series bolt rifles one in .375 and one in .458. I suspect someone gave up their African dreams.
They also had a Springfield version of the FN-SLR on the used rack for 1500, I came , I saw and a fine young gentleman with a fading British accent locked his hand round it and sent his wife for the management. $1500 was the sticker on that one.
I think the day when you could save money part searching M-14 parts is gone forever. I haven't been to a show in over a year, but the parts guys even then were not carrying M-14 parts. If Springfield missed an original part on offer, it was a miracle.
Geoff
Who hesitated and wuz loused!
 

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Congrats, Tommy! I know you will enjoy that Springfield. Other than the price, I don't think I have ever heard anything bad about them. The one I had, which I unfortunately traded away when I wasn't thinking, was one sweet rifle.

It is the curse of this peculiar hobby/vice of ours that we end up spending more than we should.

But we could be doing worse things with our time and money.
 

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I scored an almost-new NM M1A from a guy about two years ago. I met him to have a look at it, and couldn't believe what I was seeing...this thing was gorgeous, and the price was almost too good to be true. I couldn't whip out the cash fast enough.

When all was settled, almost as an after-thought I asked him, "Just out of curiosity, why did you decided to sell it?"

He looked at the ground and got kind of a sheepish look. "I bought it without telling my wife. When she found out, she went ballistic about other things we needed to spend the money on. Bottom line was I needed to get rid of it ASAP".

I felt terrible, but I'm getting over it.

 

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That is a nice gun and a great score there, Captain Gyro. Congrats.
I am thankful in one way for not being married .... don't have to justify anything to the "ball & chain" -- er, uh, wife. :mrgreen:
 
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