Hello Folks! After a long and drawn out conversation with my father, who is more or less dead set on getting me a graduation present, He suggested a new gun, because it's something I'll have forever, will always enjoy, and will have sentimental value attached to it. I suggested nothing, just their presence at graduation would be enough (I only get to see them once or twice a year), but he wont have that... I guess I can live with that...haha. Anyway, an M1A has always been on the top of my list, but I realize I know nothing about them. I had a mini-14, and love the reliability/simplicity of the action, so, M1A seems good to me. I'd love to have something capable of some long range shooting, which is where I'm a little unsure of what model would be best. I've heard people raving about the Scout Squad, perfect balance between the little bitty Socoms and the full size Standard or Loaded models. What things do i need to consider? What should I look for? I'm not even sure of pricing. I've seen Socoms for about 1500 locally I think. As I said, school me! I don't know enough about em, so teach me!!!! Pics of any you own are greatly appreciated!