I've been looking at getting another M1A. Mine (SA) looks brand new, has a chrome lined barrel and can drive tacks. It is just the plain jane version. Is it really worth the $300-$450 to get the loaded one with the SS barrel. I really don't like the look of the SS barrel, I like them to look original so to speak. Oh, and why another one? Just because, plus I can get the "Scope Deal" for cheap. I don't know what's happened, I used to be Black rifle only. I've had twelve of those at one time. Now, everything military I' buy has wood on it. I'm about done and I will have three Garands, two M1 Carbines and two M1As (after this purchase) not counting the Mosins and Mausers and odd stuff like that.