Luckiest year so far. M1a/Ruger/Colt


April 7, 2013, 10:21 PM
So after shooting a TON of different .308 rifles, my heart was always with the M1a. I didn't really care at the end what rifle was more accurate what was easier to clean or what had accessories for it. I didn't care about ammo cost, I didn't care about what id have to spend to upgrade it. I just wanted it. The rifle chose me not the other way around.

Fast forward to Feb 2013 amidst all the chaos and price gouging of the gun market, I make a journey with my girlfriend. That journey leads us to a gun show and 8 gun stores in one day. The final store I walk into is barren. Cleaned out and ravaged. Upon entering the store, despite the barren shelves and clean walls, I immediately notice a Springfield M1a leaning on the wall in the corner of the store next to two Ak-47 rifles. I figure, oh well its still here bc they want 2500$ for it.

It was 1600$. It had a NM front sight as well.

I brought it home faster than Cuomo signed the SAFE act into law.

I also bought 8 20rd G.I. trademarked mags for 30$ a piece at the show earlier as well as 500rds. of 7.62x51.

I couldn't be luckier or happier.

By the same chance I also found a Ruger Mini-14 for my Girlfriend new in box for 600$. What did I do to deserve this!!!

Fast forward another month, I'm at a gun show and a vendor lets my girlfriend and I in as a vendor because we were holding the door open for the vendors in the cold (we got there very early). He says we are good people and good people deserve good things. He also gets us business contacts for her (shes an artist) and he introduces us to a couple other vendors. Extremely nice man. So we go inside and have an hour before it opens to shop. I find an older gentleman selling a sistema colt for 580$. After talking to him for half an hour and inspecting the pistol I talk him down to 300$ with the help of my vendor friend. My mind is blown. Took the pistol apart, no rust and after shooting it it functions perfect. It even has a new barrel and a new beaver tail safety. BTW, my girlfriend when asked said "if you don't buy it then I will and Ill shoot it better than you will" Haha I will keep her :)

All in all this was a blessing for sure and it was very nice as I've had a rough year last year. Just thought id share :) .

Also, I go into work last week and they give me a new Blackberry z10 for free for personal use just because. What a year.

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April 7, 2013, 10:58 PM
You lucky devil!:evil:
That is one great looking rifle!
I myself just picked up a brand new Springfield M1A from Academy Sports Friday. Mine has the synthetic polymer stock. Aside from that it looks exactly the same as yours. I have some 20 rnd. magazines on order via internet/mail the only mag I have now is what I believe a 10 rnder that came with the rifle.
BTW may I ask what sling did you put on your M1A? That looks like a simple practical one and mine is in need of a sling.

Good luck with yours, and that's also a nice looking Ruger Mini 14 there.

April 7, 2013, 11:03 PM
Congrats on the great deals! I'm especially jealous of the Sistema for $300! Excellent find!

April 7, 2013, 11:05 PM
The guy who sold me the mags Gave it to me. I think its a canvas M1/M1a sling. I bought a sling pad from a local Milsurp store for 10$. Its from the 50's.

April 8, 2013, 12:39 AM
it's usually referred to as a GI web sling. google it and you shouldn't have any trouble finding them.

April 8, 2013, 06:20 AM

Definitely got some sort of lucky streak going on there! You should buy some lottery tickets, count your blessings, and enjoy your good fortune.

April 12, 2013, 02:21 AM
Thank for your kind words. it's been a rough year so far and I am glad for God blessing me with such things. Speaking of which BTW you should see the girl shooting the Ruger. haha :):eek:

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