Some days it doesn't pay to try to help a customer. I had this guy call today to order one of everything we make for the M14/M1A. Being curious and enjoying conversation with customers, I asked him about his rifle. Well, he's ordered it but it won't arrive for another month or so. Its an M1A Scout with a 16" Barrel. He went on to tell me he doesn't know much about the M14/M1A but his goal is to be able to shoot 1000 - 1200 yards. Possible, yes, probable, not so much. I tried to tell him that the first thing he might consider is getting a longer barrel because with a 16", its going to be much more difficult regardless of the upgraded parts he installs. He proceeded to tell me that he has been a "rifleman" for many years and even if he has no experience with an M1A, he is sure he can put holes in the target at that distance. He thought that maybe if he talked to "one of the guys," they could give him better advice. I had to laugh, to myself, of course. Physics is physics whether its a man or a woman discussing it. I've worked in male dominated industries all my adult life so it doesn't surprise me to get a response like that and I pride myself in being able to turn around their attitude by knowing just a little more than some of them do. It usually works but the guy today was hard core - I didn't have the right genes to know anything about velocity, ballistics coefficient, or the effect of a stock choice on distance. I guess my genes are more important than my jeans when it comes to knowing something.