March 20th, 2017, 07:41 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Originally Posted by WaM14gunner
Some years ago they ran a torture test in one of the glossies, Shooting Times I think where they compared a Chinese M14 and an M1a and let em rip until failure. The Chinese rifle ran but briefly before falling completely, the M1A did quit running after several thousand rounds if I recall, but once cleaned continued to run.
Originally Posted by RDS
Guns magazine in May 1994 issue did a torture test between a SAI M1A and a Poly Tech M-14S. The SAI M1A was shot 5,000 rounds in one day. 4,000 rounds were shot in 4 hours. The Poly Tech M-14S gave up the ghost at 440 rounds. The springs were toast. The ammo used was FNM 82 and 83.
I think I have a copy of that article somewhere. That was one test that I considered unfair. The Chinese rifle was slathered in cosmoline as they always were back then. They explained that they decided to run them as they came out of the box, so fired it without cleaning. After a few hundred rounds the cosmoline reached the temperature where it was ignited by the barrel heat. A few seconds later the flames reached the op rod spring and it lost its tempering and failed.
I think the only point it proved was to clean the excess shipping grease off of your rifle before shooting.