duracoat it dudez, the ounces, lol. Thats a whole lot of tactical on that gun.
I never shoot above 150 yards, so a AR/AK works great for me. Once I get some play money, I think something long range would be fun, with a big old 12x scope, problem is I shoot at my house mostly, max 90 yard little range area, so i'd have to find a nice spot up a logging road or soemthing to hit out to 500+yards. In the mean time, my next build plan is a 7.5" Ar pistol in 9mm, with a AAC suppressor. So it should be dead quiete, and fun for plinking around.
What state do you live in? I'll check around for some m1a's locally, you can usually score a better deal than shipping and ffl transfer.