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    M14 Clone

    Back in 1965 the American Rifleman had an article about the Italian BM-59s. I wanted to build one and went to a combination used car lot / gun store (ahhh! the good ole days !). They had welded M1 receivers with a combination of M1 and BM59 parts. I was told by a friend of mine to pass as he knew a guy who had all kinds of M14 parts and that the barrel would fit on a M1 receiver... 1966 and '67 were spent scrounging parts, and trying to assemble a M14 look alike. The only stocks I could find were the 'T44' type, so I had to cut a hole for the folding rest M14 butt plate (!). Here are some scans of old Polaroid pics. This weapon was registered as an 'assault rifle' here in NJ back in 1991. . The cut stock has since been replaced with another 'T44' type. Color shots are more recent. Yes, that is a M60 bipod in the second photo... Note the double thick stock ferrule required by the M1's receiver length... The receiver is a H&R 5.79K un-welded, but opened up for M14 magazines. I also have a set-up for the M14A1 version with M2 bipod.

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    You really did nice work in building your M14 clone, before the new manufactured M1A receivers, you could only work with the M1 receiver.
    In some of my projects, I have also used the M60 bipod. When I found a nice 1987 M1A to build, I used all the early parts: SA 1-60 barrel,
    T44 stock, trigger guard with stud, but could not find a op rod without the hole in the tip !

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      #3
      That is a very cool M14 Tom. I like that E2 setup and the flag especially!
      m14brian

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        #4
        Really, really great!!!

        Thanks for sharing this with us here, Tom.
        Welcome to the Addiction!

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          #5
          a few other accessories for the M14 projects

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            #6
            Anyone know why the single magazine pouch for the M14 magazine is unique ?

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              #7
              Originally posted by RCS View Post
              Anyone know why the single magazine pouch for the M14 magazine is unique ?
              ​My understanding is two thoughts 1 that it allowed for a lower prone position, I don't know if the Army pouches had a divider or not but there is also the possibility of two mags clanking against each other, metallic sound's are not a naturally made...

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                #8
                Phil, It is my understanding that the single magazine pouch for the M14 magazine is a USMC item only. If there any additional information that would indicate others such as the US Army using them, I would be interested to know ?

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by RCS View Post
                  Phil, the M14 magazine is a USMC item only.
                  Ahhhh, I thought that went without saying. I was thinking this was another trivia question "WHY" was it "Unique" other than the USMC connection.. I guess, I should read more.
                  Last edited by Phil McGrath; 02-29-2016, 07:38 PM.

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                    #10
                    I have one of the single mag pouches. the man I got it from was an old sf guy in Vietnam, he said they had some so they could get as close to the ground as possible. I have known the guy since I was a kid and the stories were worth hanging around for!!

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                      #11
                      Not much discussion about the M76 launcher, most were used with signal and parachute flares.

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