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ID:	22947 Early M14 operating rod without hole in piston tip. Bottom photo, I understand only WRA and SA manufacture ? Click image for larger version

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    #2
    The bottom pic, 66118 is Winchester, SAK is Saco-Lowell, a late replacement parts contractor which parts are regarded as some of the best quality.
    m14brian

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      #3
      Were Springfield and Winchester the only manufacturers of the early piston without the hole in the center ?

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        #4
        Originally posted by RCS View Post
        Were Springfield and Winchester the only manufacturers of the early piston without the hole in the center ?
        I believe HRA also produced early op rods without the drain hole. In fact, I believe that I just saw one for sale on another forum a day or two ago.
        Welcome to the Addiction!

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          #5
          Originally posted by Jersey Devil View Post

          I believe HRA also produced early op rods without the drain hole.
          Yes this is true, I have 3 NOS early H & R op rods that have no hole.
          m14brian

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            #6
            Thanks for the information, while on the early M14 parts subject, i have a photo of a operating rod spring guide, was this the first type used on service M14 rifles ? Click image for larger version

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              #7
              I believe it was, I have many of the clear envelope type sealed pieces,

              (4) H & R with 3/61 date
              (1) Olin Mathieson [Winchester] with 12/61 date
              (5) Olin Mathieson [Winchester] with 1/62 date
              (1) Olin Mathieson [Winchester] with 2/62

              I also have some from a later contract in full sealed VCI paper that supports the theory:

              (6) (w) [Westinghouse] with a 10/66 date, they are the kind with oblong holes machined in.

              It is easy to feel through the wrappers of both kind. The earliest date I have in my collection is 3/61 and like I said they are visibly the long slotted variation. I don't recall seeing earlier parts but I'm sure someone has some. I have never seen any old SA pieces in the wrap. I hope this helps.
              m14brian

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                #8
                Thanks for the information

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by RCS View Post
                  Thanks for the information
                  Yes Sir!
                  m14brian

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                    #10
                    Question, were the modern manufactured RWB M14 operating rods one piece like the TRW operating rods ?

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by RCS View Post
                      Question, were the modern manufactured RWB M14 operating rods one piece like the TRW operating rods ?
                      I remember reading from a fairly reliable source, a knowledgeable long time builder on the m14 forum that they are indeed one piece forged.

                      They were Korean import and were really good quality, I almost bought one but I got sucked into the NOS USGI parts in early 2013. Haven't seen one or even heard about one for a while.
                      m14brian

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                        #12
                        SEI, LRB, and the now defunct 7.62mm firearms also made one piece forged op rods.
                        m14brian

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by m14brian View Post
                          SEI, LRB, and the now defunct 7.62mm firearms also made one piece forged op rods.
                          m14brian
                          How could you forget TRW?

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Phil McGrath View Post

                            How could you forget TRW?
                            I didn't forget the original, I think RCS quoted them already as such.
                            m14brian

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                              #15
                              That was also a M1 rifle operating rod made in one piece too

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