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    Anybody here ever used it? My dad was in Vietnam and once said that when they first started using it that it was the biggest P.O.S. he had ever used, of course he kept his thompson at the time. Anybody here have anything to say about it?

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    Well, with a TSMG I can reliably hit out to about 75 meters. With an M14 I can shoot in competition to 600 meters and hit easily - and it has kills to over 1,000, although that's with a scope and bipod. And shooters especially tend to be very conservative, and like best what they know best.

    Here's my civilian semiauto-only M14 built from a GI parts kit with a new medium weight barrel and in a JAE precision stock -

    She still needs some work - that ugly brown handguard has GOT to go, and I need to remove the clip guide so I can install my scope mount and ACOG on her.
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    I had a non scoped M14 issued to my track in OIF 1 and it was the most reliable rifle i had. With iron sights we were hitting targets at 300+ meters with no need to fire again. The 7.62 packed a punch that our 5.56 could swing at that distance. It saved our butts a few times and became a hardy deterrent from our OP after a few probing attacks failed to come within 250 meters of our track. Solid shooter, i have one in my collection.
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    My MP platoon had it in Iraq and squad members were issued them. I have fun breaking them down and shooting them but it wasnt my job to carry them in Iraq. I posted pics before of platoon members carrying them.

    Wow, Thompson in Vietnam. I heard there still some soldiers using them but I never seen them being used in any Vietnam flick. Just remember them in those WWII movies.

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    M14.. good rifle... i understand a base model retails at $600..
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    And significantly more than that for those made with USGI parts instead of reproduction. $600- will get you a Chinese made repro. if you shop around. A US made Springfield Armory M1A goes for twice that. And a USGI parts kit will set you back $900-, plus another $450- or so for the receiver - then pay the gunsmith to assemble it...
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    Exo - are you talking about the Ruger mini-14? As Grunt touched on, there's a pretty good difference between an actual M14 and the Ruger.

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    Roger that chaps.. if i got the opportunity to buy a piece of history, i would shoot for the real deal... but alas not in Ireland..
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    Quote Originally Posted by StayFrosty View Post
    As Grunt touched on, there's a pretty good difference between an actual M14 and the Ruger.
    While it's true that there's a large difference between the M-14/M1a which shoots the 7.62 NATO cartridge and the Ruger Mini-14 which shoots the 5.56 NATO cartridge, that wasn't what I touched on at all. My point was that within the different models of civilian 7.62x51 M-14 there are different categories - the Chinese made version, the US made version with reproduction parts, and the version made with US Military parts built up on an aftermarket semiautomatic receiver - and prices range wildly to reflect the differences in quality.

    As an example, LRB Arms of Long Island, NY makes a forged receiver M14 that is very highly regarded - and rifles from them can top $3,000. The same goes for Smith Enterprises rifles built on their bar stock receiver. My semi M14 is built on a Fulton Armory receiver, and I am well satisfied with it - in my humble opinion they offer a great product at a highly competitive price.
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    I carried one in OIF, Absolultey loved it... I Miss it dearly. my M16A4 LDM was nice too. but my 14 was somthing else. I didnt envy the M24 and 50cal guys in the PLT. Ill have to find my pics. I wish I could carry i now.. Hands down my favorite rifle. Second would be the HK G3 and then a RA AK-47. Out of the new Generation suff I would say the G-36, SCar and the Mid length P90. But would take a 14 over them anyday of the week.
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