Hello! I just joined the forum this afternoon because yesterday I purchased the first Sako rifle I've owned since I bought an L461 Vixen in .222 Remington back in the seventies. It was a great little rifle which I enjoyed a lot before I sold it and moved onto something else (something I've done scores of times over the decades). This new Sako is a Bavarian Carbine in .308 Winchester. It's a beautiful rifle as well as being light and handy. I'm looking forward to getting to the range and the field with it. A little background on myself: I am a former US Marine having served in the Corps from 1969 to 1971. After that, I had a few truck-driving jobs before I got a job with the Camden (NJ) Ambulance Squad as an EMT. While laid off from the squad (Camden was always broke), I took the test for the NJ Highway Patrol. I was one of the lucky few who were accepted into the academy and was appointed an Inspector in the HP and later promoted to the rank of Sergeant. In 1984, the NJHP was merged into the NJ State Police. I retired from the NJSP in 1991. I then moved to what had been my vacation home located in Hardy County, WV where I had a gun shop for six years. In 1998 I then moved to Pennsylvania and have been living here in the mountains of NEPA ever since. I have been an avid gun enthusiast ever since I handled my first real firearm, the M14 issued to me as a recruit going through (surviving) Marine boot camp at Parris Island, SC. I'm happy to be aboard!