After my first Nam tour in the Infantry I rotated stateside and went to recon school. I went in to the school as an E3 Lance corporal and came out as an E4 corporal. Unlike other services a corporal in the Corps is considered a non commissioned officer. It was a real ego boost. Upon graduating recon school I had the option of serving more months at home, but I asked to be reassigned to a recon battalion in Nam. About six weeks later I was in Nam as part of the 3rd Recon Battalion operating in I Corps (Utmost north section of South Vietnam. Recon platoons (12 men) carried different weapons based upon mission. Noncoms got to pick a weapon. Many selected the M3 45 ACP and some selected the 30 Cal M1 carbine. I selected the Carbine because it had better ballistics than the M3, and and the M16 was still jam prone when used the harsh environment of Nam. Sometime I would take an M3 when the mission would better call for it. So, I really got to like the Carbine, in spite of its faults, which were no worse than M16 and M3 faults. Yesterday, I took notice to the Ruger 10/22 replica of the M1 Carbine. Damn it just keeps calling out my name saying buy me. Now I am not generally an impulse buyer. However I am good at rationalizing to achieve outcomes drive by desire rather than need. OK! I am not perfect. Some month ago before my broken foot forced a long postponement of my many months long trek, I was considering purchasing a 22 long gun for small game hunting to be able to add protein to the dehydrated grains I would carry. I looked at many 22 long guns. Then the broken foot ended it all for a time. That time is running out and I am considering a 22 rifle again. That is how I came across the Ruger M1 Carbine 10/22 model. It is an exclusive model and so cost more than another Ruger 10/22. So I am weighing the trade off of feel good nostalgia and $$. Today is my 75th birthday. Should I give myself this represent?