The M14 uses a walnut stock similar to the M21 that is height adjustable. I never saw any M14 that had full auto capability during my time in service. It did have Williams sites mounted on the side of the reciever. The reason for this, as company owner Clint McKee states, is "To keep the legend and spirit alive. It is the ultimate National Match shooting machine for longer ranges, with superior accuracy out to 750 yards. To further complicate matters, James River Armory sells both reconditioned Springfield M1As as well as rebuilt rifles using its own receivers and lists them on its website as M14s, even though they are semi-automatic rifles. "It's a historic battle rifle and some people want the high-end version of it, so that's what we decided to build.". The M1A fires the 7.62x51mm(.308 or 30 Cal) cartridge. The M1A is the civilian version of the popular M14 rifle used by the military during the Vietnam war. Most of us will never fire enough rounds to tell the difference. The M1A is the civilian version of the popular M14 rifle used by the military during the Vietnam war. This is a discussion on A different M1A within the The M14 forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; I was at my local gun shop and they had a M1A that had no place for rear sites. Most the surviving M-14 rifles, not used by the military were given to Your and my local police dept...The were declared surplus many years ago, many were also cut up by CMP, during the Clinton years, Over 50 k rifles destroyed....I have personally looked at one of them in police hands..It still had the selector switch on the side..When I was a Boot in Ft. polk many moons ago..The selectors had been removed on those training rifles... All government and commercial versions of our favorite rifle are M14s. If you plan on doing a fair amount of competitive shooting or are thinking of building your own top-of-the-line custom M1A, you may want to shell out for a forged receiver. It is a smooth-shooting rifle with an LRB receiver, TRW bolt, Krieger Criterion chrome-lined barrel and G.I. In 1964, all further procurement of the M14 was curtailed, and by 1968 the U.S. Army had demoted the rifle from "Standard A" classification to "Limited Standard." At first glance, both rifles appear similar. James River Armory calls their rifles "M14F"s. LRB calls theirs M14SA, and Fulton calls theirs M14. Those 500-yard targets are well within the M14's capabilities. “The extent to which a parent is able to see a childs world through that childs eyes depends very much on the parents ability to appreciate the differences between herself and her child and to respect those differences. What is the difference between an m1a and m14. You just didn't have a problem with that rifle.". There are, however, a few important differences: M1A receivers are made from precision investment cast AISI 8620 alloy steel. G.I. Often they can fill you in what configuration the rifle left the factory, or if it left as a receiver. Government M14 National Match rifles had their full auto selectors permanently disabled by welding the selector. The rifle is equipped with an adjustable cheekpiece, a folding bipod and is available with either a Douglas Premium Air Gauged Custom Heavy Barrel or a stainless steel Krieger barrel. The Springfield Armory M1A is, for the most part, identical to the M14. The M1A is a semi-auto, whereas the M14 is a fully automatic weapon. Before reviewing some of the latest selections, it's important to differentiate between the military M14 rifle and the civilian M1A. McNeese fondly remembers dry-firing his M14 from various field positions during "snapping in" week. Naturally, these rifles are built on LRB receivers, which are heat treated and hammer-forged from SAE 8620 steel bar stock and then CNC-machined to within .001 inch of mil-spec tolerances. This rifle was issued for American soldiers to be used in Vietnam, which replaced the standard-issue WWII rifle "M1 Garand". There are, however, a few important differences: M1A receivers are made from precision investment cast AISI 8620 alloy steel. It fired a stronger 7.62x51 NATO round which outmatched the stopping power and range of the AK-47; however, due to its lengthy barrel size, US Marines complained it was not suitable for jungle warfare during the Vietnam War. View Full Version : What is the difference between an m1a and m14? Another source for a custom-built M14/M1A with an LRB receiver is James River Manufacturing. In spite of the fact the M14 rifle weighed nearly as much as the M1 Garand it replaced, many soldiers were reluctant to give up the hard-hitting rifle. For the first time in history, the differences in outlook between people raising children and those who are not are beginning to assume some political significance. Both these weapons were designed in 1974, by Elmer C. Ballance of the Springfield Armory Inc., with the major difference being the selector. While it is a decent gun, it doesn't compare in the strength or quality of the original M14. Its synthetic-stocked SOCOM 16 comes with a 10-round Parkerized magazine, sports a handy 16.25-inch barrel topped off with a proprietary muzzle brake, an XS Sight Systems tritium-insert front sight and a forward-mounted scope base. by Rick Hacker - The major difference between the M1A and the M14 is the selector switch. "It was an absolute work of art," McNeese recalls about his first issued M14. Sa's M1A is not a M14,it may look like one,but not a Hammer forged Rec, not real G.I parts and shoddy workmanship. The selector switch of M1As manufactured post 1990 are different from the ones on the M14. There is a raft of aftermarket accessories—like VLTOR Picatinny rails and stocks, Trijicon sights, optics from companies such as Aimpoint and Leupold, and muzzle brakes from suppliers like SureFire and Young Manufacturing, as well as internal parts by firms such as Smith Enterprise—that can enhance the M14/M1A. You have it right. "I know that literally thousands of rounds had been fired through the rifle before I got it, and yet it was still highly accurate. With a small workforce of six people, Fulton Armory is perhaps one of the least known, but most highly respected, M14-style rifle builders. Something is just seriously wrong from the description. Differences Between The M1A and M14. An old adage states, "You never know what you have until you lose it." parts are not. Don't tell the retailer your doing this; he should have done this already. This age of specialization is perhaps best epitomized by Springfield Armory, which offers a wide selection of M1A variants. http://www.m14tfl.com/upload/showthread.php?t=89576, Second Media Corp., 111 Peter Street, Suite 901, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1, Canada. Even with a bipod, controlling the muzzle becomes a juggling match. Although the 1994 law expired in September 2004, making bayonet lugs on newly-manufactured firearms legal again (in most states), Springfield Armory has not restored that feature. Both these weapons were designed in 1974, by Elmer C. Ballance of the Springfield Armory Inc., with the major difference being the selector. It's funny that mods like this are expensive but traditionalists hate them so they don't increase the resale value of the rifle. 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. Some are marked "M14". Government rifles, a few M1A's, and a few Smith Enterprise M14 rifles were manufactured as full auto. The M14 can be fired in semi and full-auto modes, whereas the M1A is solely a semi-automatic rifle. "There was not a time that I can remember that the weapon I used ever malfunctioned.". This group was shot by the author with a Fulton Armory M14 from a benchrest at 100 yards. Like all of Fulton Armory's M14 variants, the EBR utilizes parts from U.S. G.I. Yet, with its system of anchoring the barreled action with just two locking lugs and a barrel-tension screw, accuracy is dramatically enhanced. There are a number of Youtube videos out there that prove the M14 can be controlled in full auto fire. walnut stock, as well as a Tanker model with an 18.5-inch barrel and a fiberglass stock. The M14 was our last official 7.62 NATO battle rifle capable of firing in either full- or semi-automatic modes. Moving beyond the basic-issue rifle, the M14/M1A is now available in a plethora of variations, all based on the battlefield demands of this warhorse and its ability to meet those challenges in the civilian world as well. A different M1A. As a result, Springfield Armory designed a muzzle brake, which they installed in place of the standard flash suppressor on all models that were sold in California. But basically, the M14 was only retained in South Korea and for European NATO operations, as well as by stateside troops such as the National Guard and recruits in basic training. Fulton Armory also makes an excellent, Parkerized, non-functioning selector switch. "In 15 years of competition shooting, I never had an alibi. Although The High Road has attempted to provide accurate information on the forum, The High Road assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information.