While most of my interest in firearms is from the Civil War to WWII I recently was bitten by the M14 bug. After talking to my son who was issued, and carried an M14 on his second tour in Afghanistan I decided I wanted an M14 style rifle.
Last week I purchased a new Springfield M1A. I tired to order an LBR M14SA but wasn't excited about the five month wait to get it, so I went with the Springfield Armory rifle available in a local shop. I am going to take the rifle as close cosmetically to its original form as I can. I will post photos when I am finished with the project.
I picked my sons brain about his opinion of the M14 as a battle rifle and he said there were pros and cons ... He carried a load of 10 magazines on his belt which he sad was pretty heavy, and he told me that the M14 was difficult to handle getting in and out of helicopters, but he loved the long range capabilities of the weapon. He also said that all of the army's M14's are now semi-auto only.
I'm including some photos of him with his M14 in Afghanistan ... Notice in a couple of images that he is using M1956 web gear with his rifle.
M14.jpg 129.89K 21 downloads
logtech 187.jpg 271.97K 22 downloads
DSC_1585.jpg 206.2K 21 downloads
logtech 182.jpg 107.93K 21 downloads