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Old 03-07-2021, 08:59 PM
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Default Cool M14 Kit Build M1 Garand Receiver

So we bought this at our shop from an old man that sells stuff to us from time to time. It's an M14/M1A build from all GI parts on a modified Garand receiver. We have no clue who did the conversion and the parts that are cut and modified are all rough it looks like it was all done by hand. The rifle works really good as far as function. It came to me with a brown plastic GI stock but I had this one around and swapped the solid hand guard for a slotted one. Otherwise I didn't change anything. (I haven't put the buttplate on yet when I took these pictures). The barrel is H-R 1962 and the op-rod and trigger group are TRW. The recoil spring guide doubles as the front hook for the magazine and is a M14 guide, the little spacers on each side are aluminum to keep it from moving side to side. There's a few strange oddities like the sight base that's been soldered on the gas block but the front sight is out on the flash hider. The front hand guard ferrule has a strange extension under the hand guard. The bolt and receiver are the only M1 parts left.

Thought Id show it off a bit. It looks good and is super interesting the way it was done.



Here's the sides of the altered receiver:


Here's a comparison with a M1 receiver:


Here's the recoil spring guide that is also the front magazine catch:

The front stock/handguard ferrule with the smooth extension and the sight base soldered on the gas block:


All the parts look like a complete M14 kit with a Garand receiver and bolt. Shoots good. Just another oddity to add to the collection. Thought you might enjoy seeing it.
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Old 03-07-2021, 09:09 PM
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pretty neat
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Old 03-07-2021, 09:20 PM
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Thanks for posting this.
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Old 03-07-2021, 09:30 PM
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Super strange, but very cool
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Old 03-07-2021, 10:54 PM
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".....The front hand guard ferrule has a strange extension under the hand guard. ....."

If I had to guess...... the M1 Receiver is longer than an M14, so that pushed the action further out.
So when the builder used an M14 stock, there was a gap (since the M14 Stock was designed for the shorter action)......
So they made a spacer, or whatever you want to call it.....
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Old 03-07-2021, 11:45 PM
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Yes the stock fits up against the “ferrule” part instead of inside the lip to account for the shortage and the little tab acts like the “lip” inside a normal ferrule. Pretty slick.

What I can’t wrap my head around is the use of the M14 gas system, op-rod, spring etc with the longer bolt and receiver length of the Garand. It’s reliable 100% when shooting but amazes me that the shorter M14 components work with the longer receiver.
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Old 03-08-2021, 06:06 AM
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That guy was a genius! Well done!
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Old 03-08-2021, 06:31 AM
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Whoever assembled this was pretty resourceful! You gotta wonder if he did it for the challenge, or if it was done out of necessity due to those being the only parts he had on hand or had access to at the time. Either way, he sure was creative!
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Old 03-08-2021, 06:48 AM
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Fun project to be sure.
The fact that it works speaks volumes.
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Old 03-08-2021, 07:56 AM
7,62x51mm 7,62x51mm is offline
 
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Default M14 bbl on M1 receiver build

I built one too so did my friend in NJ (he used a HRA). Before the M1A's were around in affordable numbers, M14 parts were really cheap including barrels which were around $10.

everyone one was just a little different, I used two M14 front stock ferrules to make-up the half inch difference. I did use the rear half of an M1 op rod and made a straight tube for it so the M14 spring would work. The M14 stock need modification inside and the front legs of the M1 receiver had to be ground down. Also used a op rod spring guide to lock the front of the magazine and a modified BM59 trigger housing. Not difficult to make the parts required. I have photos somewhere. Mine worked without any problems

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