Hello all. I am a new member from New Jersey. Bought my first M1a this week, the loaded version. I love my AR's, have 2 or three in .223 and one DPMS in .308 but I have always wanted a M1/M14/M1A ever since I saw full metal jacket. Haven't even shot the rifle yet and it is my favorite of all. Hope to get out soon and put her through its paces. Having spent 4 years as a USMC grunt I have built, stripped and rebuilt AR's. Now I am excited to start playing with my new Springfield.