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Old 03-18-2018, 03:41 AM
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Default M14A1 used in Vietnam

Any of the pics I've seen from Vietnam of M14A1/E2's don't show the muzzle stabilizer on the weapon. Can I assume this was a battlefield modification, kinda like BAR gunners in WWII and Korea removing the bipods?

Also have read where the muzzle stabilizers had a tendency to shoot loose so perhaps in the battlefield "laboratory" of Vietnam, where what really works and what doesn't shows itself, it was left off?
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Old 03-19-2018, 09:27 AM
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You know I spent 16 mos. in RVN being issued an M14 all but the last 2 months when they made our unit take Matty Matels wonderful toy.

Never saw a M14A1/E2... EVER.... VERY few even had the selector installed. M14 was not controllable on full auto. Period.
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Old 03-19-2018, 01:10 PM
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Were the stabilizers ever common issue? I thought they were part of the E2 kit only.
Like above, the majority had the selector lock.

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Old 03-19-2018, 01:21 PM
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Default M14 stabilizer

During 1968 while serving in Vietnam Nam as a point man in USMC Force Recon I was issued an M14 with selector, but no stabilizer, and as indicated prior, you couldn’t control fire with it on automatic, but it would raise hell when you opened up with it....

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Were the stabilizers ever common issue? I thought they were part of the E2 kit only.
Like above, the majority had the selector lock.

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Old 03-19-2018, 01:51 PM
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Default Tom Taylor in Vietnam

Tom asked me to post this photo of him in Vietnam with his M14.



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Old 03-20-2018, 04:46 AM
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During my time in the USMC in the late 60s I fired a full auto M14 a couple of times on familiarization courses and never even saw a stabilizer. Every M14 issued to me had the lockout button installed.

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Old 03-20-2018, 09:04 AM
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You know I spent 16 mos. in RVN being issued an M14 all but the last 2 months when they made our unit take Matty Matels wonderful toy.

Never saw a M14A1/E2... EVER.... VERY few even had the selector installed. M14 was not controllable on full auto. Period.
BTW that was Oct 69 to Jan 71 at Phu Bai.. 8th RRFS
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Old 03-20-2018, 09:24 AM
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Chu Lai RVN 67 - 68 VMFA-115

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Old 03-20-2018, 09:49 AM
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had the 14 in 66..if I remember correctly there were 2 per squad with the selector switch..don't recall seeing a stablizer
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Old 03-24-2018, 08:43 PM
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. M14 was not controllable on full auto. Period.
I shot one on a range a couple years ago..."not controllable" covers it well, maybe with a bit of understatement.
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