This is a discussion on M14 vs. M16 within the Law Enforcement, Military & Homeland Security Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I have both. A transferable M14 and M16 gun. Each has it's own place on the battlefield. The M14 is a GREAT long range gun, ...
I have both. A transferable M14 and M16 gun. Each has it's own place on the battlefield. The M14 is a GREAT long range gun, yet on "rock and roll" it can be all over the place after the 3rd round going downrange. That is if you don't extend the sling and step on it in order to stop muzzle rise. The M16 platform is a lot more controlable, and is effective out to 300 meters (my own opinion here) After that, it's all downhill. I know some will argue this, but remember, it's just my opinion.
I have a DSA FN FAL STG58 type 16.25 inch BBL semi auto gun that shoots incredibly well.
I kinda like the Saco Lowell/ Maramont M60 or the Browning/Marlin 1918A2 BAR for all the right reasons.
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My take..... On the combat side of things, the M4/CAR-15 is much lighter and in an somewhat urban (even CQC/CQB) setting..... think Iraq or Somalia, that platform wins hands down.
Now, lets take it 'out-of-town'....... downrange and outside the wire..... deserts, mountians, etc., That M14 has a BIG advantage in my opinion.
Now on the non-combat/gun-nut/fun/practial HD/SHTF bug-out EOTWAWKI blah, blah, blah...... a little AR-15 seems like just the thing.
Of course, there's NO replacement for displacement, and this lil' gem......... ....... has captured my attention! A Springer SOCOM (M-14) with a SAGE EBR and/or a Troy Industries aftermarket stock. Even the SA SOCOM with the standard composite/plastic stock is a nice rifle.
EMP, this is a fun thread you started........
I have a 7X57 and it's a really neato round. Whitetail deer go down for the count when shot with the 7X57 and a suitable handload. The 7mm-08 will accomplish the same thing in a short action.
I don't personally care a hoot about having a short-action bolt rifle but the notion is very appealing to many folks. The .270 Winchester, 7X57, and .30-06 and rifle actions for them suit me fine.
The 6.5/.264 diameter family of cartridges looks really intriguing too.
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Besides the weight of the rifle and ammo limitations of the M-14 on the battlefield it also id far behind more modern weapons in serviceability. The 15 is easily repaired or even re-barreled if need be. Not so with the 14.
For some reason I've just always like the 7mm cartridges the best though. I think the perfect round would have been a 7X45mm or a 6.5X45 with a rifle and action built to fit it.