Hell all, just found this message board searching the net and joined up. I also loved the M14 and always wanted the M1a. I finally have the means to purchase one. I just need to wait for my id application to be processed. Unfortunately I live in New Jersey so I have to be patient. In the mean time I can research what I can own. I really am leaning towards the loaded model with the wood stock. It’s a classic! I have target shot in the past when my dad was still alive and hunted as well, so I do have experience with firearms. I look forward to leaning all I can about this specific battle rifle.