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Posted: 12/31/2006 12:33:34 PM EST
After years and years of hearing my dad tell me how much he wanted a M1A, I finally bought him one. He served in the USMC from 1966-1970. Naturally he had an M14 in boot camp and everywhere else he was stationed except for VN. He has never really liked the M16 and he had Mini-14s over the years to satisfy the desire of the M14.

Finances finally allowed me to spend the cash on a NIB SA M1A. He was so excited to get it and he was really proud of me for caring about him so much as to make the big purchase.

Opening the Rifle:

Here he is after he opened it:

And were were off to the range. We zeroed it at 25 yrds and then shot a bunch of rocks at 150 yrds.

The 20 RND USGI mags I got from Armalite functioned 100%.
The Crappy 10 RND from Springfield failed to have the spring power to feed cartriges part of the time.

Link Posted: 12/31/2006 12:34:45 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 12:34:55 PM EST
You're a very good son.
I wish I had the bank to treat my dad to something like that.
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 12:35:43 PM EST
Friggin' awesome!

So, wanna' adopt me?
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 12:36:00 PM EST
EagleArmsHBAR: Wow, you deserve an "atta boy." I have a SA NM, and it is joy to shoot.
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 12:36:32 PM EST

very nice
You are a proper son.
remember, 25 yard zero on a M14 is a 200 yard zero.
So, you'll be high at 150 yards.
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 12:37:30 PM EST
That is really cool of you.
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 12:37:49 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 12:38:23 PM EST
cool gift...nice range!

Link Posted: 12/31/2006 12:44:29 PM EST
Good son!!!!!! Money is only temporary. Memories of your dad on that Christmas day will last you a life time.
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 1:34:00 PM EST
You're one helluva son! Good going!
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 1:46:49 PM EST
That is awesome. Cherish the moments like this.

My father always wanted one, but sadly he passed away.

The pic of you hugging your father is priceless. I wish mine was still here for me to do that.
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 1:48:43 PM EST
I love em but mags are expensive and sometimes a PITA.
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 1:52:28 PM EST
Send that mag back to Springfield. They're pretty good about standing behind their products.

Nice Rifle, good call as the M1A is a true American Classic and a real joy to shoot.

Good Christmas gift, I hope I have a son like you someday.
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 1:52:46 PM EST
Awesome pics!

BTW I'm your real father and my birthday is tomorrow.

Link Posted: 12/31/2006 1:54:39 PM EST
Thats awesome of you to do that. One o these days I'll have an M1A
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 1:54:43 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 2:13:24 PM EST
You're a great son.
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 2:15:54 PM EST
Very thoughtful gift. I'm sure he will treasure it always. Nice job on your part.
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 2:19:26 PM EST

I'd love to buy my Dad a rifle, but he does not shoot.

Grats on you.
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 2:23:05 PM EST
Good on you.

You will never regret doing this for him.
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 2:24:25 PM EST

Originally Posted By 1911greg:
I love em but mags are expensive and sometimes a PITA.

I think Uncle Sam has commissioned a company to make new mags for the M14. I bet after Uncle Sam gets his fill, there will be plenty for the civies/commercial market.
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 2:25:25 PM EST
Way cool!

I wish I had a son like you, wait...I don't have a son.

You know what I mean.

Good Job!

Link Posted: 12/31/2006 2:26:43 PM EST

Originally Posted By fxntime:

I'd love to buy my Dad a rifle, but he does not shoot.

Grats on you.

So buy him one (or two) and keep them at your house...
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 2:27:24 PM EST
That's awesome. I would like to do something similar one day. The photos do a good job showing how happy your dad is.
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 2:32:56 PM EST
Very cool! nice gift for Dad.
try dans for mags ( http://www.dansammo.com/odds.asp ) got about ten of them never had an issue with any of em. If not armalite is still selling them at $25ea.
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 2:34:33 PM EST
Lucky dad!

Link Posted: 12/31/2006 4:17:01 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/31/2006 4:17:34 PM EST by Dave308]
I wish my cheap ass son was like you.
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 4:22:39 PM EST
wow, I wish I was your dad, that is a nice gun!
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 4:32:28 PM EST
thats a great story, thanks for sharing with us.

I just hope that yall took the time to properly break in the barrel.
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 8:17:48 AM EST
That's awesome! Good job.
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 8:30:43 AM EST
Enjoying the image of your pop kid-like on the floor by the tree. Very humorous.
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 8:34:11 AM EST
Very cool!
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 8:35:56 AM EST
Wow, that's an awesome gift. That pic of you hugging is awesome. I hope I can get my dad something that cool some day.
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 8:38:54 AM EST
I don't know of a better gift to give a Vietnam Marine! Awesome job!
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 8:49:05 AM EST
Armalite has Milspec new M1A mags in stock for $25. The same ones SA sells for almost double price at full retail.

/my 10 rounder worked fine!
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 8:57:31 AM EST
Well done!

Link Posted: 1/1/2007 9:03:37 PM EST
Very Cool thing for you to do..Gotta love that pic of your dad giving you that hug..

Link Posted: 1/1/2007 9:06:24 PM EST
Nice gift, good choice...........
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 9:07:39 PM EST
Very very cool!
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 10:51:49 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/1/2007 10:52:09 PM EST by Stlkid]
Ahhh, theirs no hug like getting a gun hug. Which i had to do this year do to my recent addition of a k31
Link Posted: 1/1/2007 11:29:31 PM EST
So did that bring a tear to your dad's eye?

Good on ya.

Link Posted: 1/2/2007 7:43:09 AM EST
You're a good son.
Link Posted: 1/2/2007 1:09:39 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/2/2007 1:13:10 PM EST
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