Originally Posted by Otokiak
Interesting ... I found one for sale and had never heard of Century Arms for M14 type rifles ... hence my post/questions. Now I'm reading some saying they're crap and others saying they're good ... hmmm this one is a complete rifle according to the seller and they're looking for approx $700 CDN.
Rankin Inlet, NU
Here is the straight skinny:
The receiver is very good and is forged not cast and that is excellent. The barrel is a good and is chrome lined and it is a good barrel. The op rod is good and is also forged. This rifle would make the basis for a good M14 project but everything else on it is questionable but probably usable, for a while.
For example the gas tube assembly is chrome molly steel and not blackened stainless steel as on the USGI M-14 rifle. The Chinese gas tube assembly will work but the quality and materials used in its construction is not up to snuff.
The rear sight is a piece of crap and the trigger assembly should have the hammer, trigger as well as the hammer and trigger pins replaced because they tend to be soft.
The rifle can be salvaged but it will require a little effort and some additional money.
The stock is also a piece of crap and should be replaced with USGI as well.
What I do on my Chicom M-14s is to replace everything but the receiver, barrel and op rod with USGI parts. But once you are finished, you will have an excellent example of a commercial M-14. Before you start, have the head space checked and make sure that it's within 7.62 NATO specs (NOT .308 Winchester) if the head space is ok they you can shoot your rifle with 7.62 NATO ammo (ONLY) until you can get around to changing your bolt over to USGI or a good commercial M14 bolt. But keep an eye on your head space over time and make sure that it remains with 7.62 NATO specs due to the factory bolt being too soft.
The factory barrels are really quite accurate, but when they're finally shot out I will replace them with Criterion 22" chrome lined GI profile barrels that I've already bought and have laying on the shelf in my shop.