Well, I've been thinking about an AR, but they just don't "speak" to me. Know what I mean? I want something in an intermediate caliber, and I already have several AK type rifles in various configurations. I have settled on the M1 carbine. It packs a good punch, especially with soft points. It is accurate, reliable, mags are readily available as is ammo and, most importantly, I really like the way it looks and handles. So, does anybody have any suggestions? Are the Springfields the way to go, or should I see if my FFL can get me an original? How about mags? Stick to GI or try some after market? Oh, yeah...this gun would be mostly for plinking, but it would also serve for HD or SHTF should the need arise. Finally, please do not tell me to re-think my choice in favor of an AR. I've made my choice. Thanks!