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Old 02-15-2019, 04:06 PM
Gewehr43 Gewehr43 is offline
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Originally Posted by GM1MAN View Post
Mine finally came today. 6 total, 3 are BRW S-1, and 3 are Atwood Vacuum Machine.

All have no corrosion, most of the phosphate/bluing is worn off, all lock up well, spring tension is good and the followers look good.
Actually most my range mags were/are this way...…they worked and never bothered to refinish them.
Some times refinishing causes problems...……….
I would test my "New" mags, break them in, and put them back up.
Service Rifle.... RIP .... 1884-2015
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Old 02-16-2019, 05:33 PM
RoundsOut RoundsOut is offline
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Location: South Central KY
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Default Got 3 good ones

I was very pleased with one W, one KMT, and one UHC. Wish I had ordered 6. All in good used condition and strong springs. Was going to look for a few at the upcoming Jag Military Show next Saturday in Louisville. Doubt finding them at this price, but will keep an eye out. Scored a couple at Knob Creek last year, similar price. These three should work well in my Armscorp, all USGI parts rifle, and my Norinco.
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:53 AM
tnw50cal tnw50cal is offline
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Very bad list, fixed some of it

Originally Posted by seminutjob View Post
BRW made by Borg-Warner
BRW S-1 made by Borg-Warner
C.M.I. made by Check Mate Industries of Long Island, New York
Note: CMI was the last known military contract maker. (Circa 1990/1991.) This contract was reportedly done for the U.S. Navy for M14 deck rifles used during the Gulf War. According to Clint McKee of Fulton Armory, the quality of these magazines was not quite as good as from earlier contracts.

HR made by Harrington and Richardson---never seen but for 1 picture in a book
H-R made by Harrington and Richardson----same as above
HR-R made by Harrington and Richardson
KMT (A stylized logo with large K and the "M" and T" tucked in around the "K") made by Kileen Machine and Tool Company
M made by ? Possibly mis-marked magazines made by Winchester (inverted M???)---again never seen
OM made by Winchester (Back when it was part of Olin-Matheson.)
SA made by Springfield Armory (The original government arsenal, not the commercial firm that now uses the name.) These magazines are very scarce and command premium prices.---- again never seen outside of a picture in a book
TRW made by Thompson Ramo Woolridge-----again never seen outside of a picture in a book
UHC made by Union Hardware Company
W made by Winchester---is for Westinghouse not Winchester
WRA made by Winchester---never seen period,not even a picture in a book


Good site as well.
said book author admits he doesn't know where the pictures in his book came from, may have been photo shopped. All this info on the M14forum.
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Old 02-18-2019, 12:38 PM
edlmann edlmann is offline
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Originally Posted by 6.5x68 View Post
I once heard a rumor that a city in china was renamed usa.
There is a town in Japan called Usa, which is probably the source of this story. See this blurb.
I love the smell of MRT in the morning - it reminds me of . . . wet canvas."
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Old 03-15-2019, 07:20 PM
M2MikeGolf M2MikeGolf is offline
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+1 on Checkmate. I really like the fifteen round magazines, in particular.
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Old 03-16-2019, 10:08 AM
jdwboy jdwboy is offline
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Never had an issue with checkmate mags.. can't really tell the difference in function between Checkmate and original USGI

Even Checkmate's 1911 mags are top notch.
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Old 05-09-2019, 06:50 PM
seminutjob seminutjob is offline
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UPDATE: Last time home, I finish cleaning up my mags, I took them apart and clean with dawn dish detergent. Then I hit them with hard boiling water to quickly to dry. Then I oil them and put them together and all of the springs felt great. Next is the ranges.
Truck driving: Damn hard way to make easy money and helps to be nuts to do the job.
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Old 05-11-2019, 10:18 AM
jdwboy jdwboy is offline
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I don't worry too much about M14 mags getting wet and here's why.

In the 'Nam, we had 2 ammo cans full of M14 mags (loaded) for each bunker and in the rainy season (any season) we were instructed by the officer and Sergent of the guard to leave them open the entire night.

During the rainy season they'd fill with water and the next morning we'd dump the water, close the can and take them back to the command post to be reissued the next night.

Never had an issue with the mags loading, chambering or the rounds firing.

Don't remember and rust on them either but that was almost 50 years ago.

I don't leave mine in the rain but don't really take any special care of them. I have about 50 that are loaded and maybe that many unloaded. Never a malfunction.
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Old 06-20-2019, 11:31 AM
DaveHH DaveHH is offline
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When I got there in 1966 I was issued a brand new in the box H&R which later was fitted with the switch. I took my loaded magazines back to my hooch and took them apart. There were twigs, leaves, lots of sand and dirt. They apparently worked fine in that condition or they would have been cleaned up. The 14 was a great rifle.
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