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


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#21 crushgrip

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 10:33 AM

 The M1A is the perfect platform for any civilian shooter out there. It can run the gamut from any end of the spectrum. You want a something black and nasty to clear a room out? Throw a 16 in a Troy MCS or one of the other tactical application stocks and hang shit off your gun to your little prepared hearts content. You want the gun your father used in the Service? The M1A is bone-stock beautiful as it gets. You want to reach out and touch something? Gunny Hathcock (R.I.P. Sir.) wouldn't let his name be besmirched by a rifle he wouldn't field himself would he? Of course not and any of the longer barreled M1A's excel at rounds on target across the gap. The AR platform is very useful in it's own right but I want to hurt something if need be and don't want to be at the upper end of bullet weight to do it. Ammo is plentiful and cheap (check out sgammo.com or unammo.com) as well as being a NATO round. Options are near endless, maitenence is simple, round is a stopper. What's not to like?  I own a rifle because I'm American. I own a M1A because I believe in the heritage this rifle offers us as Gun Owning Americans. I own a M1A because it offers the greatest advantages as a Oh!Shit!Kit rifle, from poaching the Kings deer to poaching the King. I own a Springfield because I am not familiar with Fulton and refuse to trust my life to a chicom replica (If they put lead in baby toys what else do you think the have going on?). I own a 7.62/.308 because I know it will put down a elk and that's good enough for me. I own a M1A because I want to. Keep your kit dry, JD  

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#22 M21guy

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Posted 27 November 2010 - 01:33 PM

In basic the PMI showed us the difference between an M16 and a M14. He then shot a cinder block with the M16 and the M14. The difference was the M16 barley chipped the block and the M14 made it dust. As a young magot, lower than worm dirt yet, I raised my hand, and asked the question, "why don't we use the M14?" The reply was, "God only knows." I spent my entire time in the Marine Corps with an M16a2. I learned to love it, but wished I had that M14. When I got out I bought an M1a. It seemed like the thing to do. Unfortunately it wasn't a great rifle. Years later I'd fix that, but that is another story.

#23 Capt. Methane

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 11:39 PM

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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.

  I'm going to refrain from waxing poetic and just say thanks for your service very much from a civilian aviator...   While relatively new to the forum, my M-1A glommed onto me some 5 years ago.  My son had shot the Father-in-Law's mini-14 up at camp and I was looking for something in .223/5.56 for he and I to go to the range with.  My boy was a bit smaller then and the -06 was out of the question.  He liked the bigger crack of the .223 over the .22lr (duh) and it's not a bad round, and I didn't have any hopped up .22's.   It was approaching Christmas, an excuse I could utilize with a wife that is somewhat iffy towards firearms...   I called all of thelocal  gun shops, found one that had reasonable prices on stock AR's and set my course with cash in pocket.   Yeah, it was Christmas time and I live in the sticks.  When I got to the gun shop they had sold the last AR at the advertised price, though they had many hopped up versions at much higher prices...but amongst all the plastic and mil-spec rails there was something of wood and steel... "What's that?" I asked... The rifle was handed down from the top tier with appropriate reverence (not a good omen for the check book mind you) and passed to my hands...went to my shoulder...the sights were lined up and stayed lined up-no hunting about for the proper hold.  (My God, this is no crappy AR or AK!-The hell if my fat arse would carry it 25 miles-weighs a ton! This thing will put rounds on target though, by gosh, and instinctively...it knows well what it was built for!) I lowered it, examined it, dismissed it as too costly, but wouldn't come unstuck from my hands until I decided to put a down payment on it. So much for the cash in my pocket! An AR did come not much later-Father in Law found one cheap...and while it's a servicible piece the M-1A is my go to gun...which didn't work out badly in the end. The short 12GA pump gun for my wife, the AR for my son and the M-1A for me... Funny though, my son likes the M-1A better, always has, even when he had to shoot it from a bench-the little smart arse.  Course he's bigger now than I am.  I'm gonna give him his Grandpa's old Enfield -06 to shut him up! /wp-content/forum-smileys/sf-smile.gif That will work for a while... He can get his own M-1A!

#24 JARMAN

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 12:29 PM

I've been shooting for the majority of my life and ive always been into history. One of the first times i went to my local gun store I lusted after a garand and have since. After a little research I decided I really wanted a m1a. I  saved up for a good while before my 18th birthday and after a couple of days of looking around in different shops I finally found and bought my m1a.   Is a beautiful weapon and its got more kick than a .223 so I'm happy.

#25 pacomdiver

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 04:04 PM

because its an awesome rifle platform and still winning at camp perry
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#26 Konstanty

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 11:56 AM

I collect WWII military rifles, and that led me to the M1.  I learned all I could about it, and I eventually decided that although it's a fine historical rifle, it wasn't for me.  The very similar M14 caught my eye, but I knew I wasn't going to be able to get a real M14 any time soon, so I started looking into the M1A.  And I liked what I saw. I started saving my pennies.  Took me nearly a year and a half to gather together the $1100 that an M1A cost at the time (fall of 2002).  Then I walked into the gun shop and asked them to get me one.  A Springfield Standard model with walnut stock. Oddly enough, I wasn't all that impressed when it arrived -- it just looked very plain-jane in the box; kind of a letdown.  But when I started taking it to the range and got the sights adjusted, I changed my mind about being impressed.  It was dead accurate. I soon decided that the walnut stock was too nice to keep dragging to the range, and I replaced it with a GI fiberglass stock from Fred's.  Then I replaced the op-rod with a USGI model.  And the only M1A my dealer could get from his distributor at the time had a muzzle brake, so I replaced that with a USGI flash hider in February, 2003. Now I had it just the way I wanted, and that's the way it's been since.  I got a Springfield scope for it when they were on sale, but I've never used it, since I prefer iron sights.  Nice to know I've got it if I need it, though. I wish I could say it was the gun I take most to the range, but it isn't.  Even for a reloader like me, .308 just gets too expensive to shoot regularly.  So the gun I head out with most often is my AR-15.  But the M1A comes with me whenever I feel like hitting the target with something that has real power.    

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 04:32 AM

I come from a long line of military men. Although I am the 1st generation not to serve in the armed forces, i enjoyed listening to my father and uncles share war stories and the guns they used... They are all gone now but I remembered hot my uncle raved about the M14 and being an avid rifleman for most of my life shooting mainly hunting rifles, I finally decided to buy an M1A. Can't wait to get tit to the range!

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 06:19 PM

I grew up with rifles on a farm in texas, but my love of the M1A came from my friends in Alaska who were in reserves. I was kind of the tag-along little sister and they let me shoot the Garand. I just got my own M1A Super match three weeks ago and I LOVE this weapon. There doesn't seem to be an over-abundance of M1A users where I live ( on the civilian end) so I love this web site and the information I read from members. Thanks!!

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 03:13 AM

Best Regards to all and thank all of you Military and LE personnel for your service! I am a former LEO from what can now be called the "pre-transformation era" when we still had the freedom to serve our communities using our own well-earned discression and common sense street-smarts. We have lost much to this new form of social reconstruction...   I have spent my life with firearms and hunting. While attending a shoot at Ft. Lewis by invitation only, a SSgt. took me aside and "learned" me the intracasies of the M14! When he dumped several 20 round mags into a target at 75 yards, full auto and kept all rounds centered into the chest area of about a 12 inch group! I had been enlightened and while I would never own an M14, I would most certainly end up with an M1A, in standard configuration.   Like so many of you, I bought mine as an "O.S." rifle and use it for hunting, home and camp security and just like having a real rifle around. I know many folks who buy lessor firearms and complain when they don't perform and the AR platforms remind of the old addage applied to boats; a hole in the water that you throw money into... For me, my M1A doesn't ask for much; a little TLC, decent ammo and to be used alot. I like firearms that I can reasonably bet my life on. The M1A that I own is most certainly one of those.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 02:10 PM

My bolt rifle is a 308. Needed a Semi-Auto in 308. That simple.

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 03:00 PM

As a reaction to the terror and uncertainty of 9/11, I bought mine immediately afterward, for preparedness and security... I had waited long enough.  Enough was enough for this liberty embracing patriot...   In case the SHTF... My neighbors 2 doors down were big time known dangerous drug dealers... It is CA legal in a configuration very close to the original... In case of eventual Molon Labe...   m14brian

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 06:54 AM

This is going to sound a little stupid... but I fell in love with them playing military based shooter video games. Later on, after I joined the Army, I was able to get my hands on a M14 EBR at the Army's Armorer Course. This really pushed my love for these rifles even higher. Just the sound it makes when you pull the bolt back and let it go, a whole lot sexier than a standard M-4/AR-15. I had a lot of time to think about buying one over my deployment to Afghanistan (March2010-March2011). I researched everything from the AR-15, FN FAL, AR-10, P-90, and so forth. I wanted something that I could use for close quarters, to reaching a fair distance and putting a good sized hole in someone/zombie. Needless to say I ended up choosing a Springfield Arms Socom 16. 

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 01:33 AM

Because I can !! Sorry, couldn't resist it. I first got one because I had my hands on one is the late 60's early 70's and could not ever forget hitting targets in the desert at 800 yds. with no problem. Few rifles you can say that about with irons. just dial it in, and hit it. That is if you know anything about shooting at all. It can be done by anyone with rudimentary knowledge. Just think, if those bozos in full metal jacket could do it, anyone could. Haa !

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 05:20 PM

Parroting what others have said but I have to join in. My wife is wonderful but is not crazy about guns and we are also careful with our money. So I don't collect by quantity - just quality. One pistol (Sig Sauer P226), one shotgun (actually that is "just" a Mossberg 535 though it has served me well) a Ruger 10-22 and now an M1a. As a private pilot and WWII historian I know how hard it is to design an aircraft or any other complex machine that can do more than one major task well. It is a massive engineering challenge. I wanted a rifle that ideally would be a good hunter, a good EOTW weapon, reliable, powerful, relatively easy to maintenance, fun to shoot, and accurate with iron sights. Last but not least it has to have some character, if not some history at least some visual appeal. The M1a manages to excel in all those demands. It is me... old school but not outdated, practical but not bland, powerful but not excessive, accurate and precise but not finnicky or delicate. Shootist is an awesome writer - am I the only one who laughed out loud then nodded his head when reading about how watching Full Metal Jacket was like watching soft core porn? Touche!
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Posted 12 February 2012 - 04:35 PM

Ever since I read about Col Cooper's Scout rifle, I wanted one and the Socom 16 fit the bill to a "T"....
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#36 slayer6769

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 04:52 PM

MedicJoe, very well said, bravo!! I will admit, I'm a huge Garand fan, but I love my M1A.

#37 M1Aguy

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:14 PM

i always wanted a M1A so it finally came true last week. SOCOM II awesome little rifle. vicious looking. I bought mine for home defense and hunting. hopefully thats all ill ever need it for. i have a ruger superblackhawk 44 mag and a ruger p90 45 acp to backstop these. not to mention my mossberg 500 12ga.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 05:57 PM

Wow, you kids are OK, I don't care what M14brian says about you. This is an excellent thread, old, but still worthy.

I have always been a handguns guy, some shotgunning, but mostly pistols. I decided to shop for a rifle.

All my AR buds (no bigger fags than those guys) kept trying to push me toward that platform. Sorry, I don't consider a .22 to be a proper battle rifle, even if it pushes 60-65 grain bullets to large velocities.

I wanted something that started with a "3" and that was just how the cow bites the cabbage. AR-10s are neat, but something about the history and legacy of the M1A was just so damn sexy to me, and SA had the rifle I fell in love with. AA9126 Scout Squad, that's what I am talking about.

Lost my job of 15 years, spent a couple of years living off the Texas Workforce Commission's hind tit and finally got a real job again. Worked weekends and late nights every chance I got, caught up on my bills, and pulled the trigger :) on the long gun of my dreams as soon as I could. We are gonna be in some unsanitary waters soon, whether Obamalamadingdong wins or not, and a damn handgun ain't gonna git 'er done in any serious civil war. As far as I can tell that is where we are headed.

I don't wanna shoot somebody, but when the SHTF, I can present. I figure 168 gr. BTSPs will go a long way toward healing the Zombies.

I am really beginning to love loud noises, even if they cost nearly a buck each.
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#39 slayer6769

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 06:11 PM

Simply stated, we own them because we love them!! :)

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 03:18 PM

...and thanks to vets like you slayer6769 we own them because we CAN. Thank you  Good to have you back in the forum by the way
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