This is a discussion on Early M14 Stock ID within the The M14 forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; I have an early walnut M14 stock in as new condition, it was on a rifle at some point as there are contact marks on ...
I have an early walnut M14 stock in as new condition, it was on a rifle at some point as there are contact marks on the wood. It has the Garand butt plate (steel), 'gorilla' dimples on the ferrule, no acceptance stamps, has the selector cut-out. The only mark under the butt plate is a '4' - any clue as to manufacturer?, I would assume it is an SA piece. I am told that it is a somewhat rare piece due to condition and age. If it is, I'll keep it in the SKS crate with the other wood and buy a different stock for my next project.
The original M14 stocks were made by Springfield Armory. Only about 30,000 were made with the Garand style butt plate. They were replaced in late 1960 with the hinged butt plate stock.
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Ted, I am not saying that figure is wrong, but it is the first time I ever heard the number was that high. I thought this stock was issued with the first 2,000 M14's, along with wooden handguards, and then they switched to the hinged buttplate?
Second: there were two different versions. The ones made for the T44E4 in 1954/55 were slightly different than the ones made for the M14's in 1959.
Third: Overton did make early 1959 stocks for somebody. I have one. I cannot be sure which contractor had them made.
SA also produced the T44E6, 57 of them, which was light weight. It never was accepted so the aluminum butt plates produced, but not used, were assembled on some early M14's. I know because I have a 1954/55 T44E4 stock with one, and a 1959 T44E4 stock with one. I found them about a year ago while digging out some parts. I forgot they had the T44E6 butt plates. They got buried in one of my buildings in the mid 1980's.
The early version T44E4 stocks (1954/55) were also assembled on some early M14 SA manufacturing, in addition to the T44E4's that were issued and used.
The folding M14 butt plate was adopted in late 1959, but wasn't produced untill later in 1960 by SA. I haven't been able to pin down the exact number of rifles produced with the old stock and M1 butt plate. The new style stocks were produced and used with a temporary rubber filler and a M1 type butt plate (do to a shortage of components) some time in 1960. I've heard estimates of anywhere from 15.000 to 30,000 rifles being produced before the new stock was put into production. Take your pick as published records are not exactly clear. Many of the changes ordered in late 1959 and early 1960 didn't make production rifles until November or December of that year. That included the gas cylinder barrel band boss and slotted hand guard. No one seems to know the xeact serial number range when any of these modifications were incorporated into production.