Springfield M1A - good choice?
I live in California and I obviously can't get the M4 that I want, so I'm wondering if the M1A is the rifle it's cracked up to be...my experience has been limited to shotguns and smaller caliber rifles, and I'm looking for a "jack of all trades" rifle to supplement my current collection with a weapon that can be used for sport shooting, competition, hunting, defense, and anything else that might arise. Is the M1A a good choice? If not, what about the M1A "Scout" model with 18" instead of 22" barrel? Are these rifles exceptionally heavy or unwieldy? I appreciate any information you might be able to share with me.