Sgt.Blakely wrote:I'm thinking of buying a M1a cause I'm a huge m14 fan and I was wondering what you guys think?
Just to have and shoot? Buy it. I have a SA Loaded w/ additional work done to it that I bought after dorking around with a FAL for year. The FAL is plenty accurate, I just couldn't get it to fit me well. For me, the M1A fits me nearly perfectly, and I can shoot surplus ammo well with 4MOA from field positions using irons out to 400m.
1) It's heavy(ier) (than other options). I've pulled some FTXs with it, at the end of it, it felt less like a Barbie and more like a Large Marge.
2) It's accurate. From a ballistic standpoint, you will be good out to 500m with decent performance out to 800m-ish.
3) Since it's .308/7.62x51, its built around a good cartridge that allows you to hunt most larg(er) game and with surplus ammo at $0.40/rd or so, its not (that much) more expensive than 5.56.
Before jumping right into one, I'd highly recommend asking around and seeing if you can get one to shoot before you commit. Shop around and you can land a nice deal. If you want to be the cool kid and think it's worth the shekels, go get an LRB.