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<small><small><small>United States Rifle, Caliber 7.62 mm, M14</small></small></small>
Type: Service rifle
Country of origin:




Used by: United States, Estonia, Greece, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Philippines, South Vietnam, Taiwan, Turkey, Venezuela, Iceland
Number built: Over 1.38 million
Weight: 5.2 kg (11.5 lb)
Length: 1,181 mm (46.5 in)
Barrel length: 559 mm (22 in)
Cartridge: 7.62x51mm
Rate of fire: 700-750 rounds/min (however, usually operated in Semi-Automatic)
Muzzle velocity: 975.4 m/s (3,200 ft/s)
Effective range: 460 m (500 yd)
Sights: Aperture rear sight, “barleycorn” front sight



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The M14, officially called the United States Rifle, 7.62&nbsp;mm, M14,<ref>Headquarters, Department of the Army. TM 9-1005-223-10, Operator's Manual for Rifle, 7.62-mm, M14, W/E (1005-589-1271); Rifle, 7.62-MM, M14A1, W/E (1005-072-5011); Bipod, Rifle, M2 (1005–71 1–6202) w/ Change 2. Washington, DC: Headquarters, Department of the Army, 1973</ref> is an American-made automatic rifle chambered in the 7.62×51mm NATO&nbsp;(.308 Winchester) cartridge.

The M14 is a selective fire rifle meaning, in common parlance, it is a “machine gun”.

The M14 is a center-fire, magazine fed rifle that is essentially a modernization of the legendary M1 Garand used in World War II and the Korean War.

The M1 Garand was eventually replaced by the M14 by 1961 in the U.S. Army and by 1965 in the U.S. Marine Corps. From 1959 until it was replaced by the M16 automatic rifle in 1970, the M14 was the standard issue infantry rifle for U.S. military personnel in the contiguous United States, Europe, and South Korea.<ref>FM 23-8, 1969</ref>

The last American “battle rifle” issued in mass to U.S. soldiers was the M14. A battle rifle is a rifle that fires full-power rifle ammunition, such as the 7.62×51mm as opposed to low-power ammunition such as the 5.56mm used in the fully automatic M16 and M4 or the semi-automatic AR-15.

The M14 is still in limited service in United States military as a sniper rifle, as an accurized shooting competition rifle and as a ceremonial weapon by honor guards. The M25 and M21 sniper rifles are based on the M14.


The M14, along with its military variants (M14, M21, M25) and civilian market variants (the Springfield Armory M1A and others), is semi-automatic for the civilian market and fully-automatic (meaning select fire) for the military market.

Appeal for Home Security

The M14 (and its semi-automatic variant called the M1A manufactured by Springfield Armory and others), is popular mostly for its accuracy. The weapon's iron sights and construction make it extremely accurate, especially for a semi-automatic weapon. The rifle is also common, making parts and accessories readily available.

Automatic weapons (machine guns), such as the M14, M16, FAL, HK91, AK47 and AK74, are legal for civilian use in the United States, as a liberty-minded Constitutional Republic supporting the unalienable right to both self-defense/home security and defense against tyranny from “enemies both foreign and domestic” (“support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God”). Hence, automatic weapons, such as the M14, are both legal and popular for in most free states of the Union by passing a BATF background check and paying a $250 tax stamp as stipulated by the National Firearms Acts of 1934 (NFA34). <ref>“You must be 21 to purchase a machine gun in the US. The following states allow private ownership of machine guns if registered with ATF: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IN, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, WV, WI, WY. Some states have their own registration requirements, but most just say you have to have it registered with ATF. Any machine gun that can be privately owned has to have been manufactured and registered prior to May, 1986.” Ask Yahoo, Accessed January 24, 2016</ref>

Unconstitutionally ignoring the Second Amendment, unfree progressive police states such as New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut and California have banned sale of automatic weapons except to law enforcement and military (and gangs and criminals of course since they never follow laws). In examining the sage writings of the Founding Fathers, it is clear that they intended that American citizens may keep and bear personal firearms of same level as the military. Despite what Dianne Feinstein, Charles Schumer, Michael Bloomberg, Barack Hussein Obama and Joe Biden say, the Second Amendment isn't about hunting and the sporting use of single shot rifles for target practice. Automatic weapons are still a popular purchase among conservatives, gun enthusiasts, patriots, veterans - Oath Keepers and preppers-survivalists, despite being quite expensive since the Reagan Administration McClure-Volkmer Act of 1986 (MV86 - signed by President Ronald Reagan in May 1986) and the Bush Administration Import Ban of 1990 (IB90 signed by George H. W. Bush in November 1990).“<ref>Fate of Destinee, Full Auto is Legal, Accessed January 24, 2016</ref>

According to the Idaho Automatic Weapons Collectors’ Association in the American Redoubt, ”Idaho and 39 other states permit ownership of machine guns by non-dealer civilians. While some states have various prohibitions or restrictions, Idaho does not. Within the 40 free states permitting machine gun ownership, there are cities and towns which have various local prohibitions or restrictions. As of 1998, Idaho has no such local restrictions or prohibitions.“<ref>Full Auto FAQ at the Idaho Automatic Weapons Collectors’ Association. Accessed February 12, 2015</ref>

Incremental Gun-Grabbing of the Liberal Nanny State - Progressive Police State

Despite automatic weapons still being legal in free states, progressive police statists want to unconstitutionally ban all firearms for citizen use.

Liberals and socialists support their so-called "common sense" measures - a “good first step” of their leftist Nanny state leading to a progressive police state. To a conservative citizen-prepper-patriot Oath Keeper and to the Bill of Rights, this is ”death by a thousand paper cuts“. (See List of celebrities against Second Amendment)

Most American conservatives support the ideals of the Second Amendment Foundation and this video, which is the formal response to Hollywood's Demand a Plan gun-grabbing propaganda video (see The Politically Corrected Firearms and Second Amendment Glossary). The video shows one of the main differences between liberal gun control Nanny states / progressive police states (Blue states - see State Firearms Laws Ranking) and conservative and/or libertarian unalienable rights - Second Amendment-supporting ”free states“ (many Red states - see Why do conservatives own firearms).

This Equal Gun Rights Video shows why many conservatives and libertarians ”vote with our feet“ via strategic relocation to escape “progressive death spiral” states: <ref>As of February 10, 2015, there are 61,377 views on YouTube of Second Amendment Foundation's Equal Gun rights, Online. Published on Feb 24, 2013. and Equal Gun Rights Video on YouTube. Accessed February 10, 2015.</ref>

See Also

  • Duff, Scott A., John M. Miller, and contributing editor David C. Clark. The M14 Owner's Guide and Match Conditioning Instructions. Export, Penn.: Scott A. Duff Publications, 1996. ISBN 1-888722-07-X. Book on
  • Rose, Alexander. American Rifle: A Biography. New York: Bantam Dell Publishing, 2008. ISBN 978-0-553-80517-8. Book on



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