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I think I've decided that a synthetic USGI stock/handguard is the way I want to go on my new Springfield M1A Standard for its durability, lighter weight and fit. Freds has tons of options, colors, price points, etc., too many for a novice such as myself to sort out properly. Would any of you seasoned M14/M1A aficionados care to make a recommendation as to the proper stock grade and colors for a general purpose shooter/range rifle/basic service rifle competition? I would like a fair degree of authenticity to be a factor, but a good fit is really important to me as well. While I'm not tied to a specific price point, if i can get most of what I want in one of the lower grades stock/handguard combos, I'll have more clams for ammo and other accessories. Thankyou in advance.
 

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Any of Fred's stocks would be authentic USGI. What you would pay more for is condition, so it sounds like the VG-EC stock would serve you well. You can also keep an eye on the PX or post a WTB ad as I'm pretty sure someone here has an extra one he'd be willing to sell.
 

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I've been buying and using Fred's stocks for years. The only ones I have gotten from him are the Synthetic and the fit is amazing. Now, these are for field grade guns but they still give amazing accuracy. There is a bit of flex new the gas cylinder when using the sling but to me it is modest for the purpose of the rifle at use. If and when i want precision stocks I use McMillan or Sage. For a classic, slim look and use Fred's for his wide variety of birch, walnut, or synthetic USGI stocks.

Fred's USGI Syntheic 4th from bottom:
 
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