I see people trying to sell Springfield's around here all the time ,our local gun store has 3 right now ,2 ,SOCOMS.
Before i bought my M14 i called around and read a lot on the M14 forum.
Its like people either love the SA guns or hate them.
Smith and Knight seem to get a lot of them in their shops for repair, and neither one of them seemed to like the SA guns to much.
The best ones right now are Fulton and LRB ,and Fulton sells a lot of stuff for the M14s and a lot of guys buy stocks from them to put on the SOCOM.
LRB makes a rifle a lot like the SOCOM ,and its about the same price.
From what a lot of the guys who build or repair the SA stuff tell me a lot of the rifle is made in China.
I had an issue with LRB when i first got my rifle as far as the butt plate but they jumped right on it and now it is the best rifle i own.
100% USGI ,made in the U.S. by a retired Marine who will not even say the word China.
A good site to find out a lot about the M14s built today is.
This is an LRB tanker , everyone says it is Superior to the SOCOM ,Fulton makes a black polymer hand guard to replace the brown fiberglass one , it is well worth the money.
Dont let his prices fool you ,if you order from him he comes off that price by 1/3 rd.