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Old 12-30-2018, 03:33 PM
Welder1 Welder1 is offline
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Default Smith Enterprises M14

Friend of mine has what appears to be an early SEI M14. It is in the 1700 serial number range. Seems to be a mix of USGI and Smith parts. It is in very nice shape and seems to have not been shot much. Interested to hear any information on these as well as a possible value as he may be looking to sell it. Thank you!
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:06 PM
wd0bc wd0bc is online now
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Smith built m-14's for use in the desert war ...they are still serving

smith enterprises are top drawer
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Old 12-31-2018, 05:18 PM
Ted Brown Ted Brown is offline
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That would be a fairly early receiver. If it doesn't say "FORGED USA" on the right rail it is a cast receiver. Either type worked well.

I had occasion to look up my early purchase records and found I had purchased a Smith Enterprise M14 receiver September 22, 1986, two actualy, numbers 1798 and 1799. These were both cast receivers and I got them from Derrick Martin when we were both shooting with the National Guard. Derrick had brought an SEI receiver to the Wilson Matches at Camp Robinson and I ordered these after looking over the sample.

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Old 01-03-2019, 06:26 AM
M14 M14 is offline
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About $1700 Welder1, depending on the barrel being shot out or not.

Small clarification here, sei only "re-built" original M14's to go to the sandbox and never supplied any receivers that were used in combat. The receivers were all from the big four, and the parts used were new old stock and government supplied from existing stores...... With the exception of barrels and some stocks I believe.

Their accuracy improvements and work were known to be legendary on the G. I. builds...... Ehh...in my opinion, not so much on the commercial units. I had one in my shop to fix. I wasn't impressed. To be fair though, it had the snot run out of it for a long time.
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Old 01-14-2019, 03:41 PM
md66948 md66948 is offline
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Here are some pictures of my Smith M21.

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Old 01-17-2019, 08:13 AM
howardhuge howardhuge is offline
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Smith built m-14's for use in the desert war ...they are still serving
The American Military never used them. First Gulf War some Springfield INC rifles were sold to the Merchant Marines security folks.
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Old 01-17-2019, 01:31 PM
SpearheadOrd SpearheadOrd is offline
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While there may not have been any AMC level contracts for SEI M14 upgrades I believe that several units had M14's upgraded by SEI w/ unit funds prior to deployment. There were pictures to that effect on the SEI web site a couple of years ago. Not sure if this was prior to or post, the formalized Rock Island M14 enhancement program.

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