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Old December 23rd, 2016, 09:51 PM   #1
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My First M14 (national match)

This just arrived in time for Christmas, this is my new national match built by Rick Bowen. It is built on a Rockola rear lug forged receiver in a fully bedded stock with all USGI parts including a new old stock NM SAK barrel. I met Rick through some people of Facebook, and he was buying a series of parts I had purchased including: 2 new NM SAK barrels, 4 USGI stocks, 1 USGI rear sight, 1 USGI hand-guard, and some small parts. Once he found out I didn't own an M14, he suggested a build, after a friendship was forged he offered me the receiver. I started collecting parts and working with him over the hundreds of miles that separated us. He made promises and truly delivered, I went from no M14 to a full national match M14 and he is correct I am hooked. I have started assembling an all USGI parts kit for once Rick's dreams are realized and he produces his B.A.R. forged receivers. He helped me sell the other parts I had, and he is using the the other NM barrel on the twin sister to my rifle. Rick Bowen is a true friend and a man of his word a rare quality these days. I will post updates once it has been fully tested.







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Old December 23rd, 2016, 10:13 PM   #2
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Would not a "Super" Match have a heavy stock and a heavy barrel to be called one? Your stock appears to be a NM medium weight. Is your barrel a heavy weight? Nice looking rifle at any rate.

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Old December 23rd, 2016, 10:44 PM   #3
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This just arrived in time for Christmas, this is my new Super-match built by Rick Bowen. It is built on a Rockola forged receiver with all USGI parts including a new old stock NM SAK barrel. I met Rick through some people of Facebook, and he was buying a series of parts I had purchased including: 2 new NM SAK barrels, 4 USGI stocks, 1 USGI rear sight, 1 USGI hand-guard, and some small parts. Once he found out I didn't own an M14, he suggested a build, after a friendship was forged he offered me the receiver. I started collecting parts and working with him over the hundreds of miles that separated us. He made promises and truly delivered, I went from no M14 to a full Super-match M14 and he is correct I am hooked. I have started assembling an all USGI parts kit for once Rick's dreams are realized and he produces his B.A.R. forged receivers. He helped me sell the other parts I had, and he is using the the other NM barrel on the twin sister to my rifle. Rick Bowen is a true friend and a man of his word a rare quality these days. I will post updates once it has been fully tested.







A Super Match has a heavy profile barrel . You have a National Match if you are using the barrel you listed.

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Old December 23rd, 2016, 11:33 PM   #4
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Was incorrect, sorry. It is a National Match. Will correct the post when I can

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Old December 24th, 2016, 05:30 AM   #5
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Congratulations on a fine looking gun. The one thing you have in YOUR gun is yourself through the use of your parts.

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Old December 24th, 2016, 06:07 AM   #6
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I obtained my first USGI build kit from Rip, a Winchester, it turned out excellent. He offered to assemble the kit, but the distance and timing didn't work out. He also referred me to GWLA for some great receivers. Wishing the best in his endeavors

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Old December 24th, 2016, 07:24 AM   #7
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I bought 2 rear lugged Rock-olas from Jeff at Bula on the PX here. Rip is going to do both but there is a small wait time now.
He left the shop he was working under and filed his own FFL 07 for his new company. He cannot work on builds now until Feb.1st when license gets back.
He told me he didn't want any chance of jeopardizing this new move to manufacturing. By the book was his words.

Honest and law abiding is how he struck me. Refreshing given this political climate. Can not wait for spring to get here. Awesome rifle GTO!
Congratulations on your first.
Did not realize he was the same guy that built my first one. He needs to advertise more. I found him through a friend that let me shoot his build Rip had done. It was an absolute hammer. Meaning you could actually drive nails with it. I bought it. My friend told me he was a carpenter in another life. I said no way he said way.

He told me the story of how Rip took some 20 penny nails, big suckers. He started them in a big buffalo board with his hammer and set it at the 25 meter range at his place way outside of Hattiesburg Mississippi. He lives in the deep woods. My friend was scratching his head and told me he was thinking what is he doing?
He said nothing to him about it and watched. After building the rifle, he benched it on the table and shot paper with a 1" black dot he drew on it to sight it in. 3 rds. and it was centered. He switched to the board and drove all 10 nails with 10 rds. all way through the other side of the board with that rifle. He winked, handed it to him and said "now that's a hammer. You want to shoot it?"

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Old December 24th, 2016, 12:20 PM   #8
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Pictures fixed sorry

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Old December 24th, 2016, 12:35 PM   #9
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Very nice.
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Old December 24th, 2016, 02:53 PM   #10
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Beautiful. I want a Rock-Ola.

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Old December 24th, 2016, 05:01 PM   #11
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Beautiful rifle! I'm sure it'll give you many years of service.

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Old December 24th, 2016, 08:28 PM   #12
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I bought 2 rear lugged Rock-olas from Jeff at Bula on the PX here. Rip is going to do both but there is a small wait time now.
He left the shop he was working under and filed his own FFL 07 for his new company. He cannot work on builds now until Feb.1st when license gets back.
He told me he didn't want any chance of jeopardizing this new move to manufacturing. By the book was his words.

Honest and law abiding is how he struck me. Refreshing given this political climate. Can not wait for spring to get here. Awesome rifle GTO!
Congratulations on your first.
Did not realize he was the same guy that built my first one. He needs to advertise more. I found him through a friend that let me shoot his build Rip had done. It was an absolute hammer. Meaning you could actually drive nails with it. I bought it. My friend told me he was a carpenter in another life. I said no way he said way.

He told me the story of how Rip took some 20 penny nails, big suckers. He started them in a big buffalo board with his hammer and set it at the 25 meter range at his place way outside of Hattiesburg Mississippi. He lives in the deep woods. My friend was scratching his head and told me he was thinking what is he doing?
He said nothing to him about it and watched. After building the rifle, he benched it on the table and shot paper with a 1" black dot he drew on it to sight it in. 3 rds. and it was centered. He switched to the board and drove all 10 nails with 10 rds. all way through the other side of the board with that rifle. He winked, handed it to him and said "now that's a hammer. You want to shoot it?"
He will make you a pair of outstanding rifles, I anxiously await the future. Rick is a great guy and an artist in his own right.

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Old January 10th, 2017, 07:35 AM   #13
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Just made a slight change and added a sling stud to the rail, so the bipod can be installed directly on to the rail without an adapter. Really cleans up the bipod installation look.





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Old January 10th, 2017, 08:16 PM   #14
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That's a sweet rifle, and I'm sure nicely built!
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Old January 10th, 2017, 09:25 PM   #15
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That is very nice, congratulations. I really like those medium weight walnut stocks.

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