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New-era M14 alleviates reliability issues
Jane's International Defense Review ^ | 10 May 06 |



Responding to a US Army Special Operations Command (SOCOM) requirement, Sage International developed a chassis-type stock for M14 rifles that transforms the M14 into a 21st century enhanced tactical carbine. This stock is now being used to modify M14 rifles at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Indiana. The result is the Mk 14, Mod 0 Enhanced Battle Rifle (EBR), which can be obtained by any force that uses M14 rifles either by purchasing the EBR stock and converting existing M14 type rifles or buying a semi-automatic-only version of the Mk 14, Mod 0 from US company Fulton Armory.


The conversion from standard M14 to Mk 14 involves several modifications. First, the M14 barrel has been shortened from 559 mm to 470 mm with the standard M14 flash suppressor replaced by a Smith Enterprises Vortex flash suppressor that reduces flash by approximately 99 per cent. With a 470 mm barrelled carbine, the high-performance Vortex flash suppressor was a virtual necessity. The front sight that once sat atop the flash suppressor has been moved to the gas cylinder lock.


The bolt stop has been replaced by a 'paddle' type similar to that of the M4 Carbine. This allows the bolt to be released without removing the trigger hand from the pistol grip as opposed to the original M14 that required the bolt handle to be pulled to the rear after a fresh magazine was inserted to release the bolt stop. The addition of the bolt release is a major advantage in combat where every second counts, not to mention being more convenient.


Finally, the clip guide on the receiver has been replaced by a 38 mm section of the MIL-STD-1913 rail to allow optics to be mounted, as with our test rifle, along with the Sage EBR stock

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Kinda makes a good looking weapon ugly funny they squeezed in EBR Evil black rifle even though they call it something else in the article
 

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looks funny , but works better.
 

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Vltor makes a Modstock for the the M1A Socom II. It looks pretty cool.
 

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At weighs in at about 10 or 11lbs without all the goodies you could fit on those rails.
 

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Tastes Great!

Less Filling!
 

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I have an 18" Bush model of the M1A. I sold the standard 22" M1A's I had. The Bush is the ticket.
Mine has the Smith Enterprise muzzle brake and the paddle style bolt release. I also have ARMS rail mounted but rarely mount a scope. I added a globe conversion front sight which helps these old eyes.
I didn't go with the EBR stock due to cost. I spent $18 at Numrich for a used USGI fiberglass and built up the comb with fiberglass. I then painted it with camo Krylon from Walmart.
The pic is my 3 gun Heavy Metal gear (but I now run my Kimber 1911as the handgun)
Dave
 

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Front Sight?

Airedale said:
I have an 18" Bush model of the M1A. I sold the standard 22" M1A's I had. The Bush is the ticket.
Mine has the Smith Enterprise muzzle brake and the paddle style bolt release. I also have ARMS rail mounted but rarely mount a scope. I added a globe conversion front sight which helps these old eyes.
I didn't go with the EBR stock due to cost. I spent $18 at Numrich for a used USGI fiberglass and built up the comb with fiberglass. I then painted it with camo Krylon from Walmart.
The pic is my 3 gun Heavy Metal gear (but I now run my Kimber 1911as the handgun)
Dave
Beautiful set! Tell me about the front sight to help these old eyes! Would it be compatible with a dot style sight?
 

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The Globe Front Sight Conversion kit is from Alley Supply. (775-782-3800). It replaces the blade and "wings" with a hooded front sight with a selection of sight inserts.
I can mount a red dot or regular scope and leave the front sight in place.
Great setup.
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Bud White said:
Kinda makes a good looking weapon ugly funny they squeezed in EBR Evil black rifle even though they call it something else in the article
I've seen those stocks on the Fulton Armory web page for a while now. And I didnt know that EBR meant something else, I just assumed it was Evil Black Rifle since it no longer had the innocent deer rifle look...

Having to pull the charging hadle back on a reload really wouldnt bother me, since I can leave my firing hand (the left one) on the rifle. And since I'm a southpaw, the paddle might not work for me.
 

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It takes a perfectly great rifle and tunrns it into something else.

Hanging crap off rifles is not something I'm fond of to begin with and unless I need all those "goodies" hanging on my rifle for specific reasons, I'll keep em light and fast.

One of the reasons my 14 is in standard config and stays that way. It has arms reveiver mount #18 that mates to the anpvs 4 NV mount or the scope with range finder on the #19 mount. Those two set ups are ready to mount cleanly but the rifle retains the lines it was meant to have without the added weight unless I want it there for some specific reason.

Both the NV and ranger finder can be on and off in seconds.

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Airedale- Nice stock. I did something similar as far as getting a used GI stock and refinishing it goes.

Now I can kick myself for not getting 2-3 extra stocks way back when Cheaper Than Dirt had them for around $17 including the hardware.:aargh4:
 

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[QUOTE='75scout]Vltor makes a Modstock for the the M1A Socom II. It looks pretty cool.[/QUOTE]


i have one on mine and they are worth every penny.... :hand10:
 

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Here's a couple of the 14's I put together.

Desert Sage and Powderkeg patterns. Still have the Desert Sage rifle and thats the one I mentioned in the previous thread.

The shortie shows the custom M4 stock I had made for another 14 which was pretty neat, talk about short.:danceban:

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