Gear: M-14 Selective Fire Battle Rifle


M-14 Selective Fire Battle Rifle

United States
Category: Firearms, Tasers & Accessories
Subcategory: Rifles
Price: $1299.99
Average Rating:
(10 Votes)

The experience gained by US troops during the Second World war showed that the M1 Garand rifle has a lot of things to be improved. The first was the feeding system with 8-rounds en-bloc clips that does not allowed the refilling of the partially full magazine. Others were excessive length and weight of the rifle. The cartridge used in M1 Garand and known as .30-06 (7.62x63mm) was too long and too heavy, effectively limiting the load of ammunition carried by each soldier. First attempts to improve M1 were made during the war, and numerous experimental modifications in .30-06 were built, mostly using the 20-rounds detachable magazines from Browning BAR M1918 automatic rifle. One of such prototypes was the T20 ("T" means "test") of 1944. T20 was basically the M1 Garand rifle fitted with 20 rounds BAR magazine and with selective fire capability. This prototype latter evolved into the T37 rifle, which had gas cylinder moved back a little and was chambered for newest American prototype cartridge - T65. The T65 was no more than .30-06 case, shortened by 1/2 inch (12 mm), but retaining the original ballistic properties due to modern propellants used. It was slightly lighter and cheaper to made than .30-06, and has long effective range and good potential for accuracy, both desired by US Army. The idea of truly intermediate round was not acceptable to the US Military at that period. In the early 1950s T37 evolved into the T44 experimental rifle, which featured redesigned, self-regulated gas system with short stroke gas piston. Further development and tests lead to the slightly modified T44E4 and T44E5 (heavy barreled squad automatic weapon) prototypes, which were finally adopted by US Army as M14 and M15 rifles in the 1957. The M15, a heavy barreled weapon, however, was never brought into production. It must be noted that T44E4 was extensively tested against the only other entree in the US trials, the T48 rifle (Belgian FN FAL rifle made under license in USA by H&R Inc.). Both rifles passed the trials with equally high results, but US finally settled on the T44 because it was slightly lighter, similar to M1 Garand in manufacturing and operation, and, above all, a "Native American" design. The contracts to produce M1 rifles were issued to some US companies, such as Thompson-Ramo-Wooldridge (TRW Inc), Harrington and Richardson Arms Co (H&R), Winchester-Western Arms Division of Olin Mathieson (Winchester) and Springfield Armory Inc (Springfield). Production was ceased by US Government in 1964, with some 1 380 000 weapons made. The termination of the production was the result of combat experience in the SE Asia, particularly in Vietnam. The M14 was too long and too heavy to be carried all day long in hot and wet climate. The 7.62mm NATO ammunition was too heavy, limiting the amount of ammunition carried by soldiers on patrols. The selective fire capability was mostly useless, since the M14 was way too light for powerful cartridge it fired, and climbed excessively when fired in bursts.

Member Reviews

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    lschs54, Mon, 10 Nov 2008 23:31:54 UTC.
    1st review

    A Rifle that has unparalleled ability and looks damn awesome at Rifle DandC

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    twistermike45, Sat, 03 Jan 2009 08:53:36 UTC.

    Learned to shoot this rifle with the Marines. Best rifle I have ever shot. Use a Mini 14 in 223 cal on duty.

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    sheriffg, Sat, 24 Jan 2009 00:28:23 UTC.

    Lucky enough to have one from surplus that's in my patrol car. Great rifle.

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    stevenHcb24, Wed, 22 Apr 2009 20:58:03 UTC.

    very nice rifle, shoots under any surcomstanse. I have never had a jam with this not even with blaks. But not very tactical, it gets the job done though.

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    vlouie, Wed, 20 May 2009 02:53:41 UTC.

    The M-14 is an outstanding rifle for SWAT sniper. I've used M-14 to qualify during my FBI / SWAT sniper course. Shot out the water balloon 500 yards away. A great rifle. Highly recommended.

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    Posse44, Mon, 25 May 2009 23:04:57 UTC.

    A+++++ gun. Would not ask for any other trunk gun.

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    farrellsm77, Tue, 26 May 2009 01:13:07 UTC.

    I carried one of these when I was in the Navy! Great rifle!!!!

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    Anonymous, Wed, 27 May 2009 06:48:00 UTC.

    going to start using this weapon at the pd, feels good so far

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    b1b2n3, Sun, 19 Jul 2009 22:11:34 UTC.

    Very reliable rifle. Only problem is how heavy it is. Does not have a very tachnical application.

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    twidget658, Sat, 27 Feb 2010 03:00:40 UTC.

    A rifle for the books! Its accuracy, ease of use, durability, reliability is awesome. This is my rifle of choice on the 600 yd leg of competition.

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