I chose a Standard Rack Grade M1A because I couldn't afford a Match Grade M1A and figured I could start there and build it up. If I could buy another M1A I would buy a Socom 16. I want a prepper gun and I think the synthetic stock is a better real world gun.
But you need to ask your self what do you want your M1A to do,
A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” Proverbs 22:3