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Old 05-23-2005, 6:49 PM
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Looks like more free advertising for L.A Guns.

If you are serious about this, that is a great choice. I would love to own one. However I recommend always starting with a bolt gun it is easier to control and learn on.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ShorePaul:
And I have not come across a used one yet in a store.

BTW, I went for it, will pick it up in ten days.
Great Deal........ I lucked out and got a USGI Trigger assembly, hammer and Op Rod in mine. I'll be interested to know if yours does as well. Seems hit or miss. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

OK so 'm stupid how can I tell if these parts are USGI???
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Old 05-24-2005, 5:48 PM
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I have fired rifles many times and I'm at the range almost every week with my handguns so it's not like I need a starter rifle.
Ah, I see... I'd go with an M1A/M14 variant then. Perhaps an LRB build with bush barrel.

The Rhineland R22 is still an uber-cool rifle to own. Cheap as dirt ammo, and the gun is pretty affordable too.
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Old 05-31-2005, 9:48 AM
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Everything you could possibly want to know about M14 variants:
Different's web site
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if you can afford it its awesome! for first rifle i would suggest an SKS, its easy to clean and simple to take apart - and still need some know-how unlike a bolt action.

ammo is cheap too
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If you're set on a M1A shop around to get one for about $1,200. Use the rest of $$ and get a 10/22. Ammo for the 10/22 is about 10bucks for 500rnds. 500rnds for a M1A is about 80-100bucks.

Knowing this is your 1st rifle you want to shot a lot and learn to shoot.

You can also get a basic M1A for $1000 and a nice Savage bolt action in the same cal.(308) for 400bucks. Dats whud I do .
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Old 05-31-2005, 9:32 AM
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If you look at the markings on the parts and compare to the listings of USGI part numbers that have been posted on BattleRifles.com you should be able to make everything out.
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Old 05-24-2005, 10:39 AM
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I would advise getting a standard M1A first.

If you can find a new but old inventory one, there's a chance it might still have a milspec chrome-lined barrel.

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Thanks for all the input forumites. I have fired rifles many times and I'm at the range almost every week with my handguns so it's not like I need a starter rifle. I'm single and I work quite a bit so the price difference between the 308 and say the 7.62X39 ammo is no problem. I will most likely get a 10/22 just for fun but I do want a full power combat rifle, and the SKS's that I have fired were not all that accurate beyond 150 yards.

As for the standard M1A vs. the SOCOM, I think I want something more compact so it will be either the SOCOM or the Scout I think.

BTW, isn't $1200 for a SOCOM below wholesale?
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So you know, .308 is somewhat expensive to shoot.
Specially when you are talking ammo guzzler
like semi-auto M1A. But then if you can afford
$1500 rifle, ammo price is probably not a concern
for you.

If you are on a budget, you might
want to consider something more cheaper
to shoot, such as .22 or even .223. As LEO762 said above,
SKS would be good too, ammo is cheap and
the rifle alone can be had for about
200 dollars.

Don't forget to consider bolt action too.
For less 1000 dollars, you can buy
factory bolt action rifle(Rem700 for example)
that will shoot more accurately than M1A.
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Duh what?
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for a good .308 "combat" rifle, you can't go wrong with an M1A. One of my friends with his scout model in hand could keep similar groupings with the full size up to about 600 yards. After that he said the full lenth owned him. I wasn't there and didn't see it. I know mine did very good out to 200 yards, never went to range longer.
Next .308 for me will be a FAL with some work around on the pistol grip to keep jonny law off my nads. I didn't like using stripper clips to feed the mags for my M1A, I'm sure I wouldn't like "having" to use them. That's part of the reason I've opted for an su-16 over a FAB-10... not to mention the price tag on the fab.
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For a first rifle I would recommend a Ruger 10/22, and then work your way up.
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The Rhineland R22 is still an uber-cool rifle to own. Cheap as dirt ammo, and the gun is pretty affordable too.
Yes it is
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that's like getting a manual trans z28 for your first car.

a traditional approach to performance, kinda clunky, kinda heavy, kinda tricky, powerful, loud, big appetite, but you won't regret it.
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Look in the Firearms for sale section; someone in your area is selling an unfired one for $1250.
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Quote:
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">The Rhineland R22 is still an uber-cool rifle to own. Cheap as dirt ammo, and the gun is pretty affordable too.
Yes it is </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Unfortunately all the 1st gens have been sold so you'll have to wait for a 2nd gen, which isn't necessarily a bad thing as all the little niggles with the 1st gens and ammo/clip compatibility are now known and fixed...

I've got one on order and boy oh BOY do I hate waiting (sometime mid July as I understand it I'll get mine).
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ShorePaul:
BTW, isn't $1200 for a SOCOM below wholesale?
Personally, I've never seen a SOCOM priced that low unless it was second hand. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

And I have not come across a used one yet in a store.

BTW, I went for it, will pick it up in ten days.
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And I have not come across a used one yet in a store.

BTW, I went for it, will pick it up in ten days.
Great Deal. I paid $1450 for mine on "sale" at Reeds when they had their Springfield sale. I lucked out and got a USGI Trigger assembly, hammer and Op Rod in mine. I'll be interested to know if yours does as well. Seems hit or miss.

It's a great rifle, I like the size alot. I mounted an Aimpoint Comp M2 on the rail, looks just like the springfield site's picture and works good.

It's pretty loud and has a decent kick to it. lotsa fun shooting it.
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I bought a SOCOM this week for about $1350 NIB off the internet and had it FFL'd here. Total price is about $1450 after shipping and DROS. Easy breezy and I can't wait to shoot it!!
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Yeah get a 10/22 and you can put all the goodies you want on it, pistol grip, folding stock, flash supressor, its all legal (as long as you have the U.S. parts. Damn M1's are costly, so I too am going for the 10/22 with a krinker plinker kit!
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Here's a good 22LR option for a first gun. Cool too.

http://www.rhinelandarms.com/

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Time to buy my first rifle and I'm thinking of this one: http://www.laguns.com/framedcatalog/...154&Category=6

I checked around and the price seems to be fair but they also have the Scout in stock for a little less. Anyone have some advice?
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BTW, isn't $1200 for a SOCOM below wholesale?
Personally, I've never seen a SOCOM priced that low unless it was second hand.
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