New to the forum and new to the M1A. Traded in a bunch of my WWI and WWII military rifles I've had for close to 20 years on a Springfield Armory Standard and a Browning Model 1886 in 45-70 made in 1986 by Miroku. The gun shop owner I got them from bought the M1A with the black synthetic stock and then changed it out for a walnut stock. Like the wood better and also like it with the black handguard. Look forward to learning from your experience.