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#1 horsemarine

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Posted 19 May 2019 - 07:26 AM

Hi. Over dinner yesterday, a friend mentioned that TRW had built a limited number semi-auto rifles for Camp Perry in the mid '60s.  She said that the rifles could be purchased by the participants. Told me she had a friend in the midwest that owned one at one time. I couldn't comment and just nervously smiled. Has anyone heard of this?

 

 

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Posted 19 May 2019 - 11:49 AM

I built my M1A back in the 1980's using some TRW parts ... Has always functioned flawlessly 


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Posted 19 May 2019 - 02:02 PM

I would bet your answer it is in Frank Iannamico book The Last Steel Warrior: US M14 Rifle. 


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Posted 20 May 2019 - 05:40 PM

Yes, the answer is in my updated M14 book. There was an original intention to sell members M14s rendered semi-only by welding up the selector lock. Examples were submitted and approved. However the new rulings in the 1968 GCA act killed the project.  Lots of info and photos in the book on the subject.

 

There were two TRW NM M14s in civilian hands. One owner called ATF who promptly confiscated the gun. He took them to court and won because the rifle was built as a semi NM M14, despite the fact that it was the same as any M14 with a only selector lock keeping it from being full auto. The court ruled that the rifle be returned to the owner and the court's ruling ONLY applied to that Rifle. It is unknown if the other one was granted the same privilege. The rifle that was allowed to be kept was sold a few years back and is still a  non-NFA Title 1 rifle and still in private ownership.

 

 

There are several color pictures of the rifle and several related documents in my updated M14 book.

 

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 06:47 AM

Yes, the answer is in my updated M14 book. There was an original intention to sell members M14s rendered semi-only by welding up the selector lock. Examples were submitted and approved. However the new rulings in the 1968 GCA act killed the project.  Lots of info and photos in the book on the subject.

 

There were two TRW NM M14s in civilian hands. One owner called ATF who promptly confiscated the gun. He took them to court and won because the rifle was built as a semi NM M14, despite the fact that it was the same as any M14 with a only selector lock keeping it from being full auto. The court ruled that the rifle be returned to the owner and the court's ruling ONLY applied to that Rifle. It is unknown if the other one was granted the same privilege. The rifle that was allowed to be kept was sold a few years back and is still a  non-NFA Title 1 rifle and still in private ownership.

 

 

There are several color pictures of the rifle and several related documents in my updated M14 book.

 

machingunbooks.com

 

Thank you, Frank. I have three of your books and I will soon order this one. , Grim Reaper stands out as one of the most comprehensive and coherently structured reference books I own.

Keith


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