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#4811091 - 07/11/18 09:18 AM My new bundle of joy!
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Registered: 04/20/17
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Loc: Utah, USA
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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#4811108 - 07/11/18 09:29 AM Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: 28oz]
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Registered: 07/03/17
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Loc: Douglas County, Colorado
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.

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#4811121 - 07/11/18 09:38 AM Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: bigj_16]
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Registered: 04/20/17
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Loc: Utah, USA
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.


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#4811146 - 07/11/18 10:12 AM Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: 28oz]
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Registered: 01/21/17
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Noice, definitely a bucket list gun for me, too
Mini-14>Mega-14
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#4811150 - 07/11/18 10:18 AM Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: 28oz]
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Registered: 10/10/10
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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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#4811152 - 07/11/18 10:20 AM Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: 28oz]
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Solid choice.

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#4811285 - 07/11/18 12:38 PM Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: 28oz]
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Registered: 03/30/15
Posts: 4540
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
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.


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#4811287 - 07/11/18 12:41 PM Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: 28oz]
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Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10304
Loc: OH
What a miss on the thread title.

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#4811434 - 07/11/18 02:51 PM Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: SatinSilver]
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Registered: 08/19/10
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What does SOCOM stand for?

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#4811436 - 07/11/18 02:53 PM Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: Kira]
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Originally Posted By: Kira
What does SOCOM stand for?

Special Operations COMmand
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#4811533 - 07/11/18 04:26 PM Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: billt460]
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Registered: 04/20/17
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Loc: Utah, USA
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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#4811537 - 07/11/18 04:27 PM Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: SatinSilver]
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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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#4811538 - 07/11/18 04:27 PM Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: Astro14]
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Registered: 04/20/17
Posts: 383
Loc: Utah, USA
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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#4811797 - 07/11/18 09:14 PM Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: 28oz]
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Registered: 08/03/14
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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



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#4812111 - 07/12/18 10:27 AM Re: My new bundle of joy! [Re: 28oz]
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Registered: 07/08/12
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Loc: Nashville, TN via Memphis
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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