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Old 08-27-2018, 01:34 PM
309Carbine 309Carbine is offline
 
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I want to take the plunge. Last time I had an M14 in my hands was in 1967 at Fort Ord, Kalifornia. We trained on them thru AIT.

There seems to be several manufacturers out there, but which ones do I avoid. I do not want a re-weld and would like to find a used one. Don't want it to look new. This is not my first rodeo concerning mil-spec. weapons. I have several M1 carbines and a couple of 1911's. Just getting hungry for that M14.

I am new here in this section and feel free to point me to a thread that may help.
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Old 08-27-2018, 01:46 PM
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Probably the easiest route to enter the M14 reproduction game would be with a Springfield Armory Inc. M1A rifle. There are plenty of these critters on the used market and they all come with a lifetime backing by SAI.

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Old 08-27-2018, 01:51 PM
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Probably the easiest route to enter the M14 reproduction game would be with a Springfield Armory Inc. M1A rifle. There are plenty of these critters on the used market and they all come with a lifetime backing by SAI.

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I agree with Art. A Springfield Armory Inc. M1A is very hard to beat - especially for the money. Good luck in the hunt.
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Old 08-27-2018, 03:16 PM
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Yep, easiest way in is with the SA M1A. No need to buy new as there are plenty on the secondary market.
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Old 08-27-2018, 05:26 PM
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What do you want to do with it and how much do you want to spend?
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Old 08-27-2018, 07:09 PM
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If you find one that says 7.62 firearms run don't walk away.

SAI, Fulton, LRB and James River all make good ones but SAI is probably your best bet as they've been out longer than anyone else.
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Old 08-27-2018, 07:17 PM
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308 Carbine,

Are you wanting a select fire/Full auto M14 or its semi auto brother "M1A"? There is about $15,000/$20,000 difference in the two rifles. An M14 requires paper work, three month back log at the BATF and $200 tax stamp, But well worth the wait and money.
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Old 08-27-2018, 07:21 PM
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What do you want to do with it and how much do you want to spend?

Have it...clean it...shoot it on occasion and spend as little as I have to. I'm guessing from $1,000-$1,200 for a used piece. New prices seem to be $1500-$1600 on average.

I have several carbines and I may try and work-up a trade. My best one is a Saginaw as-built. That would seem to be a pretty even trade for a solid M1A?
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Old 08-27-2018, 07:51 PM
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I’m sure someone will bite on deal with a carbine.
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Old 08-27-2018, 07:53 PM
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Smokie...looking for an M1A.
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