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Old January 22nd, 2013, 03:22 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I've been a lurker trying to gain information for awhile. Almost bought new loaded last month, decided it wasn't the time. Regretted it, but wanted to find one that was older. Today i walk into a local gun store, saw an older m1a, hoping i didn't do too badly. Keep in mind, i live in MA when i tell you the price.

So, serial number 54xxx, call SAI and here is the info:
-Manufactured as a Standard M1A with GI Walnut stock in 2/1990
-SAI said it left the factory with all USGI parts (except receiver of course)
-They never had it returned for service work

that was all they could tell me, but i feel better knowing that it never came came back to them.

I only know as much as the next new guy with M1a, but i figured i have been shooting since i was 6, built a few ARs, and used to be a mechanic, how bad could i do right? Everything felt smooth in the action, piston moved freely when tilling the rifle up and down. Looked in good shape, didn't see any concerning damage from the outside, signs of abuse, and the rifling looked decent from what i could realistically see with a small light.

So long story short, i committed to it, pick it up Thursday night. The shop doesn't have a throat erosion gauge but supposedly has a guy who is looking it over for me.

price is steep, basically cost of new loaded at $1600.

I know its not a screaming deal, but is it too much, average, or should someone slap me?

Thanks guys, look forward to contributing what i can to the site.

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Old January 22nd, 2013, 03:41 PM   #2
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i would say in today climate you did pretty darn good

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Old January 22nd, 2013, 03:44 PM   #3
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Welcome from Florida. Lots of good info here.

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Old January 22nd, 2013, 03:50 PM   #4
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 03:51 PM   #5
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your experience with the ar-15 perfectly qualifies you to remove the trigger group!

just joking ! welcome to the forum!

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Old January 22nd, 2013, 07:52 PM   #6
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Good choice. Way to go!

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Old January 22nd, 2013, 07:56 PM   #7
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 07:56 PM   #8
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I think you did very well at that price. A local shop has a really nice 90,000ish gun all GI parts. I missed it by 1 day and is now on Gunbroker started it at 1800 and it has bids.

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Old January 23rd, 2013, 06:51 AM   #10
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Thanks guys! I appreciate the support. Its the most money i have put into a used gun ever, only to be topped by a custom AR build, but that was all new parts and it barely topped it..

I'll get some pictures up tomorrow or Friday for you guys after its all clean.

I have found a few youtube videos but, detailed information on the DCOA procedure is coming up scarce. Most i have seen already have the gun apart and show important lube points and what to look for. I tried going through the site, anyone have a good link or a book (+1) that gets into the details of these that the average guy may over look?

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Welcome! On todays market you did rather good.

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