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Old March 31st, 2017, 06:03 AM   #1
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I scored bigly !!!

Yesterday I went to my buddy's shop to pick up my newly purchased 03-A3 and sitting there on his desk was a nice M14 barrel he just removed from a receiver. Long story on that, but the owner of this barrel is also a long time acquaintance of mine. So I called him up on the phone and asked him about selling me this barrel. It is a USGI SA barrel from 1961 and absolutely mint. The op rod guide, gas system, and flash hider were all still on the barrel.
I bought the whole works, and I'm thrilled because I will be ordering a ROCKOLA receiver very soon from Jeff. All that I need now for my new build is a USGI trigger group.
Now, for my dilemma, do I try to make it all SA parts to go with that SA barrel? I have a NOS TRW bolt, and a used HRA op rod that needs to be re-parked. SO I would need a SA bolt, op rod, and trigger group. I could assemble the rifle with my current parts and search for the SA parts and swap them out as acquired. But then, those new spares might turn into another build, and I have enough M14 rifles already...

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Old March 31st, 2017, 06:18 AM   #2
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Congrats on that find.....a good find indeed.
You can always build it up with the parts you have on hand then swap them out as SA parts become available (save for the bolt, as I'd try to find an SA bolt to fit to the receiver when it arrives from Jeff). The TRW bolt could then be retained as an unmodified (un-lapped) spare.....which may turn into another M14 down the road, but hey that's the game we play!
Just a thought, but anyway......enjoy the build!!


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Old March 31st, 2017, 06:24 AM   #3
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Build it with the parts you have.......because you know what will happen if spare parts are sitting around. They will find a way of getting together in another rifle!

But if you're dead set on a SA build, go for it and send me the spare parts.

Nice score! Sounds like it could be an interesting story why the barrel was removed from the receiver.

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Old March 31st, 2017, 07:13 AM   #4
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Old Sarge, you will always second guess yourself if you do not acquire the SA parts. At the very least get a SA bolt. The rest of the parts can be replaced as you come across good deals or traded for.

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Old March 31st, 2017, 07:36 AM   #5
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I would do all SA myself and take it a step further. Get a JRA/Bula/ SA heeled receiver with a 1961 serial number.Just my 2 pennies.
Nice grab on the barrel assembly Sarge..

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Old March 31st, 2017, 07:43 AM   #6
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Skip the all SA parts routine, in my opinion, a total waste of time and money.
Parts are interchangeable and knowing you, you are going to shoot the rifle.
Good going Chris.

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Old March 31st, 2017, 07:49 AM   #7
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Build it with the parts you have.......because you know what will happen if spare parts are sitting around. They will find a way of getting together in another rifle!

But if you're dead set on a SA build, go for it and send me the spare parts.

Nice score! Sounds like it could be an interesting story why the barrel was removed from the receiver.
And that is exactly what has happened. I had 7 M14 rifles and sold one last Fall, so I thinned the herd down to 6. Shortly after that, my good buddy 4570govt had a new GWLA receiver for sale and I had most of the parts for a build, so now I'm back up to 7 M14's again. And Jeff has offered me a ROCKOLA M14 receiver, and I have most of the parts for that build too, so I'm looking at number 8. More than I've ever had as far as M14 rifles. So much for "thinning the herd".

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Old March 31st, 2017, 06:37 PM   #9
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bet your stash of m14's nowhere compares to the little woman's stash of shoes,you need to catch up

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Old March 31st, 2017, 07:44 PM   #10
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Any M14 type rifle with a Rockola receiver and USGI parts is a good investment. I prefer to have mine all GI parts of the same maker.

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Old March 31st, 2017, 07:46 PM   #11
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Yesterday I went to my buddy's shop to pick up my newly purchased 03-A3 and sitting there on his desk was a nice M14 barrel he just removed from a receiver. Long story on that, but the owner of this barrel is also a long time acquaintance of mine. So I called him up on the phone and asked him about selling me this barrel. It is a USGI SA barrel from 1961 and absolutely mint. The op rod guide, gas system, and flash hider were all still on the barrel.
I bought the whole works, and I'm thrilled because I will be ordering a ROCKOLA receiver very soon from Jeff. All that I need now for my new build is a USGI trigger group.
Now, for my dilemma, do I try to make it all SA parts to go with that SA barrel? I have a NOS TRW bolt, and a used HRA op rod that needs to be re-parked. SO I would need a SA bolt, op rod, and trigger group. I could assemble the rifle with my current parts and search for the SA parts and swap them out as acquired. But then, those new spares might turn into another build, and I have enough M14 rifles already...
Chris, what's that all about... what REALY is enough?

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Chris, what's that all about... what REALLY is enough?
Yes, you are absolutely right. If I really think I have enough, I'm only fooling myself. I should know that by now.... (And that goes for guns, ammo, mags, spare parts...)
As for the story behind this barrel group, it came off a demilled M14 receiver that was either cut or chopped long time ago. The buddy of mine that I got it from has been a hoarder for a long time and bought tons of this kind of stuff.
He once went to the CMP North Store and they brought out a huge box of M14 mags for under $10 each, and he took the entire box, probably well over 100 mags!!! He has boxes full of M14 parts he bought way back when the CMP still had them for sale.
This barrel with the front receiver stub looked new when he bought it, probably back in the '90's during the Clinton years.

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Old April 1st, 2017, 03:59 AM   #13
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Those were the years for M-14 parts. I still keep running into boxes of stuff I acquired in that time frame and stashed in places I have since forgotten about.
I love it when someone comes in the shop and finds the long lost Easter eggs. Not long ago a fellow asked to buy some 20mm ammo cans I had stacked in my barn. We agreed to a price and when he went to load them, waalaah of the dozen cans, 8 were full of parts I had forgotten about. They are now spray painted with " M-14 Parts" on the outside. He only left with 4 which he was happy to have for his ammo stash.
There are positive things about getting older, hiding ones own Easter eggs is a bonus.

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Old April 1st, 2017, 04:19 AM   #14
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Congratulation - Buy as many parts you can and build rifles. That's what you should do if you enjoy it.

As for me I don't think I will ever thin my heard down.

As for Magazines:
I know that I acquire M14 parts when I can, and how I can. I picked up 34 + magazines in the last year. One lot of 20 CMI's, and one lot of 14 mixed USGI's plus some single mag pickups. I will buy another 20 or so by the end of the month at the NRA show. That should put me past the 250 mark for M14 magazines, and is no where close to the 400+ AR mags that I have.

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Congrats on the barrel find, now lets here about the 03-A3

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