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Old March 7th, 2017, 06:48 PM   #16
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That was mostly uncalled for.

I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I'm glad I don't have that eye then.

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Old March 7th, 2017, 07:14 PM   #17
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I kinda like it, it's not like anyone else's!

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Old March 7th, 2017, 07:45 PM   #18
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I see nothing wrong with that rifle. I dig matte chrome on a rifle.

And may you have and enjoy one (or more) like it some day. That kind of rifle belongs in a display case. Not my cup of tea. Too nice and unique to be a drill rifle. I would be afraid to take it anywhere or shoot it (not easy to clean) fearing I would ding the stock or the barrel would get rubbed against some metal and effectively have a "shiny scratch" contrasting against the matte chrome finish. Many of my rifles that see frequent use appear close to new condition. I guess that I like simple workhorse rifles and do not have any high grade rifles. (Except for a SAKO Deluxe Finnbear .30-'06. that I purchased in 1967.) I can't afford to own such a rifle just to look at it. How good are the sights in bright sun? It's just not on my list of practical rifles. A chrome plated rifle is a negative feature to me. Man or beast can see you coming a mile away.

I'd like for everyone in the gun world to get what they want and enjoy what they have. Here's hoping you can have what you like.

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Old March 7th, 2017, 07:47 PM   #19
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Have never seen one chromed like this one, but have seen parade M1Garands that have been chromed. Interesting rifle.

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Old March 7th, 2017, 09:56 PM   #20
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That's a great collector's piece, and for the right owner it would be the bee's knees. I don't have the kind of coin to have a dedicated display case rifle - hell, I can't afford to shoot the ones I have often enough! Fine rifle you have there though, and bully for you if it brings you pleasure. That's what these things are for in the first place anyway!

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Old March 8th, 2017, 04:04 AM   #21
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I kind of like it myself just for the you don't see one of those everyday factor but I would have to take it out and shoot it just once or 20 times . Every gun I buy my wife says do you really need another gun ? And I say hey it's an investment ,she says oh ok so this one is going to be a collectible and you arent going to shoot it right . That's why I always have to go back and get ammo later .Man if I go first I hate it for the guy that try's to buy any of my collectible " unfired " condition guns lol .

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Old March 8th, 2017, 06:41 AM   #22
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I can appreciate it for its unique factor, but I like to shoot my rifles, and if that was my only M1A I'm afraid I'd be out there shooting it.

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Old March 8th, 2017, 09:02 AM   #23
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I haven't shot it. It was just too unique. I have an older factory folder with 22 inch barrel that I can shoot if I like. The magazine was not chromed.

I have a few guns that don't get shot. One of the first year Colt Ar-15 Sp1's for example. I guess I am just preserving pieces of history.

I can't think of any other company or product that would build something and never give the end user any information on the product. They won't even tell me what year it was produced. I did find out, some time ago, that they passed this serial number over and built it a few years later.

I have some clues about the origin of this special production, but I was (and still am) hoping someone here might have some personal knowledge.

I appreciate everyone's inputs.

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Old March 8th, 2017, 10:08 AM   #24
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I can appreciate it for its unique factor, but I like to shoot my rifles, and if that was my only M1A I'm afraid I'd be out there shooting it.

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I agree I think it is cool but it would cooler if you shot a target with it and posted that.

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Old March 8th, 2017, 12:27 PM   #25
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Very special rifle. Keep it safe.

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One of a kind.....truly awesome!

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Old March 8th, 2017, 06:09 PM   #28
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I wonder why SAI want discuss this rifle with you, that is weird. Awesome rifle no question about it. I would call then everyday until someone finally talked to me about it.

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Excellent provenance for a special rifle. I do hope that you find the information that you seek for that truly unique rifle! Someone somewhere must surely know something about it.

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Old March 8th, 2017, 10:49 PM   #30
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It's another in a fine tradition of presentation grade rifles.

Don't forget that the first production real M14 was tarted up. With bluing mind you. But still.




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