Welcome Aboard the Firing Line - =D>
Glad you decided to join the crew. Lots of good folks here and I'm sure you'll get all the info you need to make the right decision on your purchase.
FWIW - For general shooting, plinking and varmints, you can't go too far wrong with a Springfield. Some folks have had some QC problems with them and some folks (like me) have shot them for quite a while with no problems at all.
You can customize, modify or dress up your basic rifle the way you want to. Just get some good manuals (visit the Intel section), buy some spare parts (you'll need them anyway, no matter which rifle you decide on) and jump right in. We'll be here to lend a helping hand in case you have trouble. :wink: :wink: :wink:
If you are going into M14/M1A shooting and don't want to have the fun of doing the modifications yourself make your rifle an excellent shooter, then LRB and a custom build is a good way to go. LRB owners are a really happy crowd.
Check around the forums and you will find some excellent folks who can really put out some fine quality custom work that anyone would be proud to own. There are also some other companies that build M1As so be sure to check them out also before you make up your mind.:mrgreen:
The really cool thing about owning an M1A is that you can have fun with them on and off the range. There are some many good mods you can do, you can truly create your very own "custom" rifle if you want to.
Just remember, M1A's are like herd animals - they don't like being alone. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: The empty spots in your gun safe have a way of filling up over time.
Just my .02.