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Is the M14 standard issue for ANYBODY these days?

Postby ShortMan » Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:02:00

The only reason I ask is the topic came up on another forum and it seems like no current military uses them as a main weapon any more.


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Re: Is the M14 standard issue for ANYBODY these days?

Postby OakRidgeStars » Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:14:28

Given that the M14 (M1A Springfield) predates the AR platform, which is beginning to show it's age too, it's not surprising. Good thing that us civilians still think it's a darn fine weapon to have.

Even with it's more expensive ammunition.


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Re: Is the M14 standard issue for ANYBODY these days?

Postby grumpyMSG » Tue, 16 Oct 2012 17:24:17

ShortMan wrote:The only reason I ask is the topic came up on another forum and it seems like no current military uses them as a main weapon any more.

For starters, define "main weapon". They are still used by several branches in the U.S. Military, not as a main battle rifle as originally intended, but as a longer range designated marksman rifle. Those rifles are not just rack grade rifles pulled out and a scope slapped on them. they are reworked and rebarreled by some serious craftsmen. The original upgraded M14s were known as M21s and had Redfield built ART I scopes (designed by Leatherwood). Later versions included the M-25 and the Mk-14 (pronounced Mark, because it is a Navy designation). All of the DMR variants wear some sort of scope.
You just have to ask yourself, is he telling you the truth based on knowledge and experience or spreading internet myths?


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Re: Is the M14 standard issue for ANYBODY these days?

Postby GeneFrenkle » Tue, 16 Oct 2012 19:03:36

I have such a crush on M14s. They are beautiful like Garands.

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Re: Is the M14 standard issue for ANYBODY these days?

Postby donut » Sun, 04 Nov 2012 11:18:16

They issue them out as what they call designated marksman rifles, or EBRs I'll post a picture with mine from Iraq 06. Except its been cut down and given a aluminum retractable stock. I forgot the model of scope , I know it was a Leupold, I want to say it was a Mark 4 scope. I used to call it the "Showstopper."

You can see the basic design here,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mk_14_Enhanced_Battle_Rifle

The scope on mine was different than the one in the top right.


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Re: Is the M14 standard issue for ANYBODY these days?

Postby M1A4ME » Sun, 04 Nov 2012 18:47:17

The Old Guard (Ft. Myer, VA) is issued them and carries them every day.


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Re: Is the M14 standard issue for ANYBODY these days?

Postby slim4440 » Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:38:30

I've been in love with the old M-14 since I was 14 years old when a family friend let me shoot his, with correct supervision. I finally bought my own M1A last year and it is my favorite rifle to go out and shoot.


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Re: Is the M14 standard issue for ANYBODY these days?

Postby Jakeiscrazy » Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:27:00

Some of the sniper teams run the with as an Enhanced Battle Rifle and they are sometimes issued as a Designated Marksmen rifle. That's all I know of.
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Re: Is the M14 standard issue for ANYBODY these days?

Postby Monkey » Mon, 08 Apr 2013 20:40:28

We carry them on board, mostly for line throwing. Still my favorite rifle to shoot.

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Re: Is the M14 standard issue for ANYBODY these days?

Postby bali » Wed, 05 Oct 2016 17:47:54

hell no, it aint been such for over 40 years now, and it's definitely a case of good riddance, too.


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