97 SAI Standard loaded, sn 103,xxx. A keeper.
I ordered new optics for my M1A so yesterday I pulled the scope and stood back admiring how the appearance of the rifle instantly changed. I haven't seen that look for many years. I put the rifle to my shoulder, peered down the peeps and instantly got a big smile and a feeling of happiness that only an M14/M1A owner can understand. Several times I put it down, picked it up and took it outside sighting most everything in neighborhood. The profile, the balance, the accuracy, the firepower and the fact of having a USA made rifle consisting of all USGI parts with the exception of the receiver and barrel is why I cheerish this piece of history. It brought back memories of shooting them in the 60's and the disapointed feeling when I was given that little plastic rifle. These rifles take a lot of bashing from the new era high tech bolt guys, but for those that shoot these rifles they just take it with a grain of salt and smile from within. Once you have one, you will always have one. These rifles have been deemed by some to be a failure. They've been CENSOREDGI canned, cut up, but are still in demand. This lock, stock and barrel will always be my favorite rifle and I think my new scope might just sit in the box for a while.