This is a discussion on The Building of an XM25 and it Parts within the The M14 forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; Matt, I remember that one it was on here or on gunbroker. If I knew then what I know now that damn stock would be ...
My original idea was to make this (aside from the Brookfield parts) an all H&R marked parts rifle but finding an acceptable bolt was impossible. I decided to go with Winchester parts instead since I already had them. The rear sight and front sight are USGI NM sights, the aperture is non-hooded. I believe that the correct rear sight would be the newer version which I got from Jason. It has the markings stamped in white ink.
You know guys I thought my all SA. E2 rifles were my favorites and I do certainly like my all Winchester M14 but I have to say with the pristine parts I have been able to assemble for this XM25 it stands clearly at the front of what is turning out to be one hell of a collection!
I did my research and know what it takes to build this rifle correctly, the parts and the right person to do the build. I know the history of the XM25 about as good as anyone save a few and I think them for their advice and guidance.
I have been collecting these parts for nearly two years, they have come from all over the country and not from a single source. The stock was offered to me from someone on this form, the BPTco. parts came from all over the country some as far as California.
It seems that once I began my quest, good people wanted to help and offered parts not to make money so much as to help make a very special rifle, I believe the end result will justify the means.
I hope the next pictures I post on this thread will be my XM25!
Ren - I'm interested to see how the BPT liner installation by Jon turns out. I have an original BPT liner that needs installation and either Jon or Tank were recommended.
Toki - The slot behind the bolt release across the top of the stock was a reference surface cut into the top of the stock for bedding. Only the earliest stocks required this slot.
Thank you, I am more excited about this build than any others I have done!
Sir, I thought it might have been due to the fact that they installed the BPTco. liner without the installation tool.
Jon Wolf is doing an XM25 build with install of the Brookfield liner for a friend of mine, so with that and the recommendations Jon has received I am having him build my rifle, I am sure it is in good hands as I never do spur of the moment.