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My new bundle of joy! #4811091
07/11/18 08:18 AM
07/11/18 08:18 AM
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Utah, USA
28oz Offline OP
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After passing/missing out on a new Ruger Mini-14 for $599 recently, I thought I'd step up my casual search to the bigger brother (and a bucket list rifle for me) and look for an M1A of some variation. Some very good info was expressed by some very knowledgeable folks here (thanks!). I found it last night. Here is my new bundle of joy....... a Springfield Armory M1A Scout Squad. Absolutely like new (only 20 rounds fed through it) and came with two 20 round magazines. Snagged it for............well................LESS than $1,000. Did I do well? grin



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Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: 28oz] #4811108
07/11/18 08:29 AM
07/11/18 08:29 AM
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Douglas County, Colorado
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Of the M1A models, that is the one I would own. The SOCOM is too short, the standard is too long, the Scout Squad is...just right.

You made a really good deal for that rifle. Congrats!


I have a soft spot for those rifles. I had to tote an M1 Garand around in boot camp, and I qualified with the M14 later on. I had to "attend" a "school" put on by the Corps, and they decided that the M14 best fit my needs smile
The Navy kept M14s on board ship well after other branches stopped issuing them.

Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: bigj_16] #4811121
07/11/18 08:38 AM
07/11/18 08:38 AM
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Utah, USA
28oz Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: bigj_16
Of the M1A models, that is the one I would own. The SOCOM is too short, the standard is too long, the Scout Squad is...just right.

You made a really good deal for that rifle. Congrats!


I have a soft spot for those rifles. I had to tote an M1 Garand around in boot camp, and I qualified with the M14 later on. I had to "attend" a "school" put on by the Corps, and they decided that the M14 best fit my needs smile
The Navy kept M14s on board ship well after other branches stopped issuing them.


thumbsup


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2004 Nissan Quest - Pennzoil Platinum Euro 0W-40
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Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: 28oz] #4811146
07/11/18 09:12 AM
07/11/18 09:12 AM
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VW Fanboy Island
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Noice, definitely a bucket list gun for me, too
Mini-14>Mega-14


03 Jetta AWP/09A 205k kms
Edge 0W40 + Mann 719/30
Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: 28oz] #4811150
07/11/18 09:18 AM
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Virginia Beach
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Well done!

They're expensive, and that's a great price.

Grease it properly, don't be too OCD about cleaning (just the barrel after a range session, the receiver stays pretty clean after firing because the gas stays up front) and enjoy your new rifle!


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Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: 28oz] #4811152
07/11/18 09:20 AM
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Ca.
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Solid choice.

UD


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Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: 28oz] #4811285
07/11/18 11:38 AM
07/11/18 11:38 AM
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Glendale, Arizona
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You didn't, "do well".... You STOLE IT! Very well done! This is my SOCOM 16. I've had it for a few years now, and it's been a great rifle. Plenty of firepower, and great Tritium open sights. It runs like a Rolex on most any ammo.


Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: 28oz] #4811287
07/11/18 11:41 AM
07/11/18 11:41 AM
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OH
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OH
What a miss on the thread title.

Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: SatinSilver] #4811434
07/11/18 01:51 PM
07/11/18 01:51 PM
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Champlain/Hudson Valley
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What does SOCOM stand for?

Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: Kira] #4811436
07/11/18 01:53 PM
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North Carolina
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Originally Posted By: Kira
What does SOCOM stand for?

Special Operations COMmand


"Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead."
Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: billt460] #4811533
07/11/18 03:26 PM
07/11/18 03:26 PM
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Utah, USA
28oz Offline OP
28oz  Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: billt460
You didn't, "do well".... You STOLE IT! Very well done! This is my SOCOM 16. I've had it for a few years now, and it's been a great rifle. Plenty of firepower, and great Tritium open sights. It runs like a Rolex on most any ammo.




The SOCOM was definitely on my list. Just happened to come across the Scout Squad first. Can't wait to take it to the range. Very nice! thumbsup


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2004 Nissan Quest - Pennzoil Platinum Euro 0W-40
2003 Ford Excursion 7.3 PSD - Mobil 1 TDT 5w-40
Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: SatinSilver] #4811537
07/11/18 03:27 PM
07/11/18 03:27 PM
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Utah, USA
28oz Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
What a miss on the thread title.


Sorry, but I'm done having kids. I assume that's what you were referring to? grin


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1990 Nissan 300zx - Castrol Edge Euro 0W-40
2004 Nissan Quest - Pennzoil Platinum Euro 0W-40
2003 Ford Excursion 7.3 PSD - Mobil 1 TDT 5w-40
Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: Astro14] #4811538
07/11/18 03:27 PM
07/11/18 03:27 PM
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Utah, USA
28oz Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: Astro14
Well done!

They're expensive, and that's a great price.

Grease it properly, don't be too OCD about cleaning (just the barrel after a range session, the receiver stays pretty clean after firing because the gas stays up front) and enjoy your new rifle!


Thanks, Astro!


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1990 Nissan 300zx - Castrol Edge Euro 0W-40
2004 Nissan Quest - Pennzoil Platinum Euro 0W-40
2003 Ford Excursion 7.3 PSD - Mobil 1 TDT 5w-40
Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: 28oz] #4811797
07/11/18 08:14 PM
07/11/18 08:14 PM
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FEMA Region 4
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Great find for an absolute steal!

You dodged a bullet not getting that mini 14 (no pun intended.) wink

And in all honesty, the Mini 14 and M-14 have less in common than some realize. Aesthetically similar maybe, but mechanically different.

The only thing Ruger makes that isn't best used as a boat anchor is the 10/22 IMO. 2cents

Congrats OP! Be looking forward to the first range report! thumbsup


Last edited by jk_636; 07/11/18 08:16 PM.

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Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: 28oz] #4812111
07/12/18 09:27 AM
07/12/18 09:27 AM
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Nashville, TN via Memphis
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Awesome deal!

I've often said that if I were to decide to buy an M1A, it would be the Scout Squad. As others have said, the 18" barrel is the Goldilocks "just right".


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