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M14 vs. M16 in Vietnam
Then, I picked up the Supermatch The stock was thicker, and it seemed a little less comfortable at that moment due to the weight factor.Early M1A rifles were built with surplus G. It was thought that in this manner the M14 could simplify the logistical requirements of the troops by limiting the types of ammunition and parts needed to be supplied.
The M60 machine gun better served this specific task. There are, however, a few important differences:. The military M14 receivers were manufactured using the drop forge process, which is more complicated and more expensive.
Until around the late s, the M1A produced by Springfield Armory retained the cutout in the rear right of the stock for the selector switch found on the M Springfield Armory has also omitted the "7.
Once the Federal Assault Weapons Ban of was passed, prohibiting the manufacture of firearms with bayonet lugs among other featuresthe M1A no longer shipped with a bayonet lug. Although the law expired in Septembermaking bayonet lugs on newly manufactured firearms legal again in most statesSpringfield Armory has not restored that feature. Since the bayonet lug is attached to the flash suppressor"post-ban" rifles can easily be fitted with a bayonet lug by fitting a pre-ban flash suppressor.
The California Assault Weapons Banwhich went into effect January 1,prohibited flash suppressors on all semi-automatic rifles capable of accepting a detachable magazine.
As a result, Springfield Armory designed a muzzle brakewhich they installed in place of the standard flash suppressor on all models that were sold in California. The muzzle brake reduces climb of the barrel, allowing the operator to aim more quickly for another shot.
Most of the M1A rifles manufactured since were made for the commercial market, and thus were only capable of semi-automatic fire. Springfield Armory, Inc. Up until MaySpringfield Armory, Inc. The receivers of these select fire rifles have the selector lug and operating rod rail cuts for the connector assembly.
Besides the standard M1A, Springfield Armory also produces multiple variants. The Loaded variants are available with either a walnut or synthetic stock, and one model comes with a Precision Adjustable Stock. All Loaded models include the following features: .Military small arms development had seen unparalleled growth throughout World War II and this growth continued into the Cold War.
Though this makes perfect sense in retrospect. Photo: US Army. Hundreds of soldiers reported the smaller M1 Carbine and its light.
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Interestingly, post-war investigations suggested the M1 Carbine's light weight and high cyclic rate of fire were more responsible for this lack of stopping power than the cartridge itself — meaning, most soldiers simply missed their targets because of the gun's recoil.
The one thing the M14 has going for it, is its method of operation. Like the AK, the M14's action can tolerate debris and fouling better than the direct-impingement M While the rifle's hard-hitting 7.
On a side note, carrying a combat load of 7. But that's not what makes the M14 so awful. It's the design itself — especially for the role it has been shoehorned into: the Designated Marskman Rifle.
Infantrymen from every branch fielding a DMR in combat have nothing but praise for the guns' performance in the vast expanses of Iraq and Afghanistan. So, if soldiers love the gun, it must be pretty decent, right? Sure, so long as the rifle is clamped into a very heavy, expensive chassis and the soldier carrying it never drops it, or touches the handguards.
Therein lies the biggest problem with the M accurizing the rifle and holding on to that accuracy. Accuracy is a measure of consistency when it comes to rifles. Yet, according to military standards, acceptable accuracy from the M14 is 5. While the M14's 7. Camp Perry shooters have long since abandoned the M14 because of the difficulty in accurizing the rifle compared to the M16 — and they aren't alone.
The Army noticed the problems and prohibitive costs associated with maintaining M14s in country, which lead to the solicitation of a replacement rifle to meet new specifications for the Semi-Automatic Sniper System program. Funny thing, the Army decided the M16 was more accurate, and more easily tuned into a sniper rifle — except for the caliber. Scott P. Photo: US Marine Corps. In all fairness, the Global War on Terror presented a combat theater the U.
Plus, the M14 wasn't meant to be a sniper or DMR platform when it was developed in the s. Even still, Armalite had been producing civilian and military AR rifles since the late s, and could have just as easily been pressed into service.
Better yet, since the AR shares it's method of operation with the M16, advancements on one could likely be applied to the other.
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And, the guns shares the same manual of arms, so no additional training is required for soldiers transitioning from one to the other. Everything you need to know about the A Thunderbolt II. Articles Here's why it's a good thing the US military is getting rid of the M September 07, EST. The M14 is one of the worst DMRs in history, and should have never been adopted by the military. That's a powerful statement, but a mostly objective one.
The Delta Cartoonist: Toad Jumper. Why it was a bad idea for Army officers to complain to President Teddy Roosevelt.But that was and peacetime, and this was and counting.
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America was at war in the jungle, again. It should surprise no one who is in any way attuned to the complex relationships of men and their machines that heated controversy remains even today between proponents of the M14 and those of the M Both rifles, and the very different cartridges they fire, have admirable characteristics and unfortunate flaws. Both were well suited for the terrain, conditions, tactics and troops they were originally intended for.
Ideally, the resulting rifle was supposed to be agreed upon and adopted by all sixteen nations forming the North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO that sought to prevent the Soviet Union and its allies from further spreading Godless Communism. This, after a bait-and-switch trick where our allies had grudgingly adopted the US 7. For all intents and purposes, the new M14 was a product-improved M1 rifle characterized by lighter weight, better balance, increased on-board ammunition supply, and selective-fire capability.
The rifle also boasted greater controllability and accuracy in semiauto fire than its predecessor; largely due to the reduced recoil of its new cartridge at no significant penalty in range and knockdown power. Sturdily built using traditional manufacturing methods with machined steel and hardwood, the manly-looking M14 was plenty tough for grenade launching, bayonet fighting and standing up to the routine abuse that soldiers inflict even in peacetime.
All in all, it was an effective, serviceable rifle for the kind of warfare that would likely ensue if the Soviet Union and its allies decided to steamroll westward. Magazine capacity notwithstanding. Alas, the resulting M14E2 later designated M14A1 squad automatic rifle version remained clearly inferior to the BAR, a genuine embarrassment.
Both the standard M14 and the tricked-up A1 models were in general issue throughout the Army and Marine Corps when the first American ground combat units of both services were sent to Vietnam in Not to worry, though, as early combat reports rated the hard-hitting, long-ranging Fourteen as acceptably effective and reliable.
Projects known by the evocative acronyms SALVO and SPIW, were decades-long experimentation with all sorts of radical, high-tech rifles and ammo with an eye toward significantly improving the combat effectiveness of its Nuclear Age infantrymen. Making a very long story short, an innovative NATO standard caliber rifle, designed by the gifted Eugene Stoner, had been scaled down at Colt to very effectively shoot a high-velocity varmint cartridge that had become wildly popular with sportsmen and hunters.
Stamped on the side of the magazine well of receivers on the first limited production run of the new 5. At about this same time the M14 rifle production and fielding program collapsed from a multitude of problems and the Ordnance establishment could no longer hold back the rising tide of support for the AR The Army reluctantly placed an order for some 85, Colt rifles, now officially designated M16, with first deliveries scheduled for early A modified version designated M16E1, featuring a spring plunger to force the bolt closed if needed, quickly followed.
Conspicuously absent from this list are the ARVN who had served so conveniently as the reason for considering the AR in the first place. Dirty Secrets As fighting in Vietnam heated up in scale and intensity with arrival of more and more American units freshly armed with M16 rifles and mounting aggressive operations against the omnipresent Viet Cong, things began to go terribly wrong.
The most common stoppage was failure to extract fired cartridge cases, typically caused by a heavily carbonized and rust-pitted chamber. News reporters picked up the alarm and soon the American public became justifiably outraged over stories of GIs dying face down in the mud because of hopelessly jammed rifles.
Sadly, not only was the ammo left essentially as it was, but it took many months before sufficient numbers of adequate cleaning tools reached the front line troops. No excuse in the world justifies this outrage that borders on criminal negligence. The first helped to solve problems of parts wear and breakage due to excessive full auto cyclic rate, and the second drastically reduced instances of corroded chambers leading to extraction failures.
But, by this time nearly irreparable damage had been done to the reputation of the M16 both among combat troops in Vietnam and the American public. Certainly not the most accurate, but that was the reputation it was gaining. Its 5. Its semiauto accuracy and full auto controllability were decidedly superior to that of the AK.
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Rifles Handguns.Does the SCAR have less recoil. The difference is the SCAR is accurate out of the box and stays that way.
The SCAR is designed around optics, the M1A has yet to get a viable mounting solution after multiple generations of expensive efforts. I had a free M14 with free ammo for awhile. Even at that price the M sucked. My money goes to the SCAR. The SCAR has much less percieved recoil, the ergos are good, it is easier to mount accessories to, is lighter, is likely more reliable, and isn't in the same league as the M1A. Totally modern rifle with lots of options. The SCAR is stupid loud with the stock brake shot one last week.
It's expensive. Did I mention it's expensive? It's at least twice that. I'm not willing to spend that on a. Even if I had the money I don't. I HAD both an M1A and a Socom 16, but are gone now, for reasons stated above, last century design and tech, clumsy and hard to actuate safety, poor optics mounting options though you could put a RDS forward on the Socom, it seemed like it was a heat sink.
I probably lost money on both, but selling them just felt right. Good ergo's, as accurate as I'll be, with the stock break, you won't make any friends on a covered or indoor range, but I don't find it that bad, behind the rifle. Magazines are sometimes way over priced, but it you shop smart you can get all you need. I have the Geissele trigger for it, but have not installed it, as I don't find the stock trigger on mine that terrible, YMMV.
At some point I'll install it as many - most shooters give it a positive review. I have several 7. I especially like the BM, even with the muzzle blast. Truth be told however, I still prefer bolt guns for precision shooting. You can build an incredibly accurate bolt gun for the kind of money you would drop on a semi-auto Remington Model LTR for a grand.
If you're talking battle rifles, where would you rank the FAL? I know it's not a precision rifle but it seems to be a better fighting gun than the M1A. The only real player in that game seems to be DSA now. Magazines are much easier to change with the FAL. Controls are better. Good optic mounts. Friend recently bought a classic wood stocked M1A.
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