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Why we own our M1A's..........


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#1 The Shootist

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 05:07 PM

Just curious as to why people chose their M1A's, I'll start....... When i was 12 i was already a miltary history buff, being the son of a soon to retire Vietnam era NCO i guess it was given i would be military obsessed. That year Ken hackathorn wrote and article on a specialized M-14 him and Another man built specifically for military consideration for Rapid Deployment forces to the middle east, it was M1A in a M14E1 stock painted Chocolate chips desert camo, they put a flashhider from an HK and the front sight from an HK on it. I read the article and was instantly in love with everything M-14. This coupled with my dads hatred for the Mouse gun and his undying love for weapons of Iron and wood convinced me i would one day own one. Then the movie "Full Metal Jacket", that movie was like a M-14 porno for me, i salivated every time i watched it! Then Desert Storm, where i watched it come out of retirement for EOD disposal and to make up for Sniping rifle shortages as the M-21. So i graduated high school then came college in the late 1980's, I tried to follow the family example and join the army, but was denied for my Asthma(Which is triggered by dust! Got screwed by that one in life) anyway, once in college i had other economic worries, like being able to pay tuition! Then college ended and i was free, except for the debt of college!! Five years later i payed all tha off and used the newly found extra income to finally purchase my M1A in 2000! I bought this rifle not only for enjoyment but also an "What if?" rifle , as part of emergency preparedness supplies, Not that i am expectign anything to happen or ever want it to, but if it does............ I have been a happy camper ever since, especially seeing the M-14 again being brought out of retirement for this round of middle east pest control....... Alright guys post your M1A stories!! Lets hear them, i know you guys didn't just get an itch one day and bam there was an M1A!
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Posted 07 February 2010 - 09:27 PM

For me, it was seeing the M14 in action in Iraq. We had a few attached to our platoon and would take them out on patrol. They had a lot of stopping power compared to my M4. I knew I had to own one once I got out.

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 08:17 PM

Can't fault you there , If i was in the land Hadji, i would be trying to wrangle one. I do not feel it is too long for building clearing, you might have to modify how you carry it a bit, but still think it could be done. They say thats the reason they issued M-4 Carbines but i' have tried to practice clearign my house with both a full lnegth Ar-15 A2 clone and a M1A full length "Loaded" Model and had no problem. My house is over a century old, and does not have wide hallways by any means. And i would definatly have tried to wrangle one for out in the desert during the original invasion. Just out curiosity, i have read that some units bought actual M1A's since there were not enough original M-14's when they requested them and units bought their own out of deployment funds. You would not happen to know if this true or not would you? The source where i read it had a photograph that showed a soldier with a rifle with NO Selector switch present at all. But that photo could have been taken at any of the civilian shooting clinics some shootign clubs held. I do know unit armorers have ahd a time finding repair parts and Springfield has been supplying some of those. But that just parts, was wonderign if whole guns were purchased by units or not.
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Posted 08 February 2010 - 08:30 PM

FWIW, Thank you for your service!  9-11-01 affected me greatly as i am both a Volunteer Firefighter and an Elected Peace officer and it killed me inside to watch all those fellow emergency responders and civilians die that day. Knowing health wise i would never be allowed to avenge them. Like i posted originally i was denied by the miltary for health reasons, Fire fighting and becoming a peace officer was my way of serving anyway, but it is nothing compared to what you guys do. My brother, is currently a 1st Lieutenant and is in Haiti.(He is less than impressed, by the island itself or it's inhabintants) He joined in 2004 was stationed at Ft. Drum with the 2nd BCT as an 88M then later after 2 years as an enlisted man entered the "Green to Gold" Program and got his commision in 2008. He is now a Logistics officer at Ft. Eustis, still assigned to "Mountain" though. Not a typical Pogue though, he did get Air Assault Qualified despite his "Pog"ishness. I'm proud of him and all who serve. He's 9 years younger than me. Again thank you for your service, and thank to all who may be here serving or having served.
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Posted 25 May 2010 - 05:03 PM

I purchased my M1A after I returned from my last deployment. I went to the local gun stores and was amazed at the prices for weapons and ammo!  Cuz Obama was elected while I was over there duckin bullets and dodgin mortars.  As I shopped around I kept gettin the same answer, "M1A's are few and far between to come by…" So, after a month of searching and a pocket full of deployment money burning a whole in my pants, I decided I was gonna return to my favorite gun store and givin my business. I was comin home with a Firearm, dammit. lol. When I showed up, I walked over to the AR section, and there she was, an Olive Drab M1A SOCOM 16.  I immediately grabbed it and told em this was it. I got my M1A and a couple extra mags, (real SA ones, not the knock-offs) and hurried home to play with my new toy.   I fell in love with the M14/M1A when I was in High School.  I watched Full Metal Jacket for the first time at a buddy's house. I can't really explain "why" i love it, I JUST DO. lol.  Maybe its the sleek, sexy, yet agressive design or maybe I want the entire city to know when I put down an intruder in my home thru the echoing BOOM of my .308… I do know this, I love my rifle and will never part with her. I named her Olive, (you know us soldiers, we gotta name our rifles) and she will be a part of the family from now on.  I plan on passing her on to my son, on his 18th B-day. The Day I Bought Her… Posted Image And how she looks today…gettin reay for huntin season. Posted Image

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 04:34 PM

I grew up with movies of Garands and a family where everyone had steel & wood guns.  So when the USAF showed me the Matel16 I wasn't too impressed.  The first time I shot one that 'spoing' sound came from the stock, the deal was done.  If I had to carry it all day in the shit I might have developed another opinion.  I've never been impressed with them, I've shot maybe a dozen different ones and I just can't bring myself to love the things. The M1A just seemed like the best thing I could own in my collection and I see it a more of a long distance weapon.  (I'm too old, fat and slow for this building clearing stuff anyway).   Enter a most excellent wife and my birthday.  Bingo!  Springfield M1A standard!

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Posted 29 May 2010 - 07:58 AM

trigger, that rifle is sweet and the name is very appropriate. my buddy has the same one only in black hence his name for her "coal", cause shes black and smooth as glass
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Posted 30 May 2010 - 04:58 AM

NICE, lol.  S.A. stopped makin the OD ones apparently cuz that was the only one I've seen and it is no longer shown on their website...
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Posted 30 May 2010 - 05:03 AM

at the local gunshows, ive seen a fair amount of od stock ones, but they were all on full size rifles not socoms, and all but one had the national match barrels on them too
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Posted 27 July 2010 - 11:08 AM

i grew up very interested in ww11, and always wanted a garand. looked like a fine rifle. but it was too expensive, heavy and not really a very good hunting rig (in my opinion). then i saw but never handled m14's. they seemed to be about the same except for the detachable mag, which would adapt to hunting better. we have a 5 rd limit on big game semi-autos. then a bout a month ago my nephew handed me a socom. to make a long story short, my socom and ammo will be here this week. can hardly wait. in here trying to learn all i can.  mark

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 01:35 AM

I got a SOCOM 16, and love that rifle so much. It's a great feeling when you go to the range, pull it out of the case, and all the other shooters start to gather around! They all wanna see the beast fire, and when you do IT IS LOUD, LOL.  When I tell all my friends how much it cost, they all think I'm nuts!  Then I take em to the range, and they all agree it is worth every penny...
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Posted 23 August 2010 - 01:42 PM

I got mine because I've loved the look of the M1 Garand and the M14 since I was a little kid. As I was growing up I couldn't wait to turn 21 (Maryland has some stupid gun laws if you ask me) and buy one, I knew I just had to have it. So as I graduated high school and turned 18 I looked to the Marines to learn a thing or two and maybe get some life lessons true Marine Corps style. Almost immediately after MOS school and upon arriving at my duty station we were deployed within a few months to Iraq. We ended up spending an abbreviated amount of time there because of the President's decision to drawdown on troops in Iraq, but I still managed to save up enough to get myself the rifle of my dreams and an AR-15 to boot. So now I'm back going to college, working, and enjoying life along with my sweet beauty that is my M1A. Springfield you would not have to change a thing and I would still love my rifle.

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 09:34 PM

I had seen M14s before but I had never fired one...I have always thought they were beautiful works of art and so sexy.  I knew I had to have one someday.  Well, I had seen TV shows about the rifle and ran across this website and I wanted to be part of the fraternity of M1A owners.  So, I searched diligently online after I realized you just couldn't find one in a gun shop anywhere.  I did find one online and scooped that baby up after a little research.  I can't wait to get it in my hands and start adding on to the rifle to make it a personal fit to me.
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Posted 23 September 2010 - 12:17 PM

Well...I got my M1A in today.  Wow, it is in awesome condition without any flaws at all.  This gun is simply gorgeous. Posted Image Posted Image
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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:58 PM

I own my M1A because it can do this ... /wp-content/forum-smileys/sf-wink.gif     Posted Image          
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Posted 09 October 2010 - 02:48 AM

I bought my first M1A as part of collecting the service rifles of our armed forces. My collection started with a Colt AR-15 which mimicked the M16A2.  The collection then expanded with a Springfield '03 and a Garand. Somehow an M1 carbine (never was a "service rifle") snuck in there before the M1A did, but the carbine was at a good price. The M1A I have is the first firearm I bought after getting married.  It is configured in the manner you'd expect it to come out of the armory in 1965 or so. I have since bought and set up another AR-15 to look like an M4. Lastly, I bought an M1A "Scout" so that I could add accessories and paint to the gun without changing the service rifle configuration of the first one. 
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Posted 31 October 2010 - 11:37 AM

I just purchased my M1A. It was the last Battle Rifle for my collection. I used my OIF/OEF Veterans bonus for most of the purchase price. Took it for a spin today. Wow what a great shooter.
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Posted 05 November 2010 - 11:52 AM

I grew up to stories my dad told me about when he carried one at OCS in Quantico in 1969. Then when I was in high school I ahd a buddy who's father had a Springfield and a Polytech, sfter shooting the two of them I was in the kind of love that turns people into stalkers. But being in high school and then joining the Marine Corps didnt lend me to having deep enough pockets to buy the rifle I always wanted. After my first deployment in 2000 and somewhat settling in at Miramar I found a pretty good gun store in san Diego and had them order me the closest thing to what my dad carried as I could get. And a Loaded Standard is what came for me. I've had three M1A's but the first one is the one that I'll never part with.
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Posted 14 November 2010 - 04:27 AM

It truely warms the cockles of my heart to read the testimonials in this thread. Especially in lieu of acquiring my own new family member yesterday....a SOCOM16.  An acquisition that I'm even more excited about after reading all of your own experiences. Yode
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Posted 17 November 2010 - 01:36 PM

I absolutely want to get an M1A Scout Squad with OD Green Stock!!!  I am really salivating for one of those.  I want one for zombie defense and hunting.  Unfortunately, I'm a broke graduate student.  I am seriously thinking about selling/trading a scoped Ruger M77 MkII blond laminate stock/stainless steel barrel 7mm Rem Mag and a Wilson Combat ADP 9mm pistol and putting the money/value toward an M1A Scout Squad.  TRGGRPULLR's rifle is AWESOME!!! /wp-content/forum-smileys/sf-laugh.gif




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