I have been wanting to get an M1A for over 20 years now and finally had the chance to do so today. Traded a couple of pistols that I have not been shooting to subsidize it and ended up with a loaded with a walnut stock and parkerized barrel. I just like the classic look. I have been shooting ARs for a while and like them for 5.56 but did not want one in .308. Hope to shoot it tomorrow but it will be a while before I can shoot it at over 80 yards. I like the info I have found on this site and hope to learn a lot more in the future.