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it's a weapon used by the U.S. military? 48 57.83%
of it's shooting capabilities? 35 42.17%
Voters: 83. You may not vote on this poll

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Old April 14th, 2017, 07:29 AM   #16
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I have an interest in historical military rifles, mainly Mosins and Enfields at this point. No way I could afford a real M14, so the M1A is the closest I can come.

But I like its accuracy, too!

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Old April 14th, 2017, 07:45 AM   #17
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I've always been a fan of Garands and M14s, thought they were great rifles. That's why i bought one.

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Old April 14th, 2017, 07:53 AM   #18
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Why did you buy a traditional M14 / M1a?
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Old April 14th, 2017, 08:45 AM   #19
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Yes to both. It was also the first weapon I was issued when I joined the Marine Corps in OCS.

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Old April 14th, 2017, 08:45 AM   #20
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I like the historical background, and it was my initial point of interest, but eventually it was because it was incredibly well-rounded. You can find a whole lot of rifles that are superior in any one regard, but as a whole package, it excels. We're also lucky in that while there aren't nearly as many options as there are for AK or AR platforms, we still have a lot of support for a lot of different flavors optimized for a variety of purposes and/or preferences. I wouldn't mind if the stuff cpst less, so I could afford more of them, but... true of many good things.

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Old April 14th, 2017, 08:53 AM   #21
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I voted for "used by US military. The second reason also plays into my decision to purchase one. M14 type is a quality rifle that is fun to shoot, accurate, and uses a high power .308 cartridge. What's not to love?

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Old April 14th, 2017, 09:18 AM   #22
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I bought mine to make life more interesting for Elizabeth Warren and her friends

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Old April 14th, 2017, 09:32 AM   #23
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Because of the laws here in Cali. No funky grip or magazine lock needed for the "traditional" rifles.

Otherwise I would probably have some sort of AR10.

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Old April 14th, 2017, 09:53 AM   #24
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While in the Army, I trained with the M1. It didn't get any better than that. I was really into shooting at the time and could only read about the M14. As time went by, my desire to own one never ceased. When the time and finances were right; I bought an M1A. It's about as close to an M14 I'll ever get. I have fulfilled my desire.

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Old April 14th, 2017, 10:36 AM   #25
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I would have picked

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Old April 14th, 2017, 12:11 PM   #26
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The M14 is the rifle I was issued and carried for my entire three year enlistment from 1 May 67 till 30 April 70. Artillery was fortunate to have kept the M14 the longest.

It was and is a great battle rifle; reliable, powerful, and nearly soldier proof. I didn't have to worry about jamming, or a round getting stuck in the chamber from corrosion, or the gas system getting plugged up. My rifle always worked.

So for me I own one for nostalgia as much as anything. Still love shooting the old soldier.

Actually I like almost every rifle Springfield Armory ever made and have Two trapdoor Springfields, a Krag, a 1903 Springfield, and an M1 Garand.

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Old April 14th, 2017, 12:29 PM   #27
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It's made of wood and steel.

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Old April 14th, 2017, 12:40 PM   #28
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I bought mine as part of my US military center-fire battle rifle collection. Collection ranges from the .50-70 Trap Door Springfield to the M4.

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Old April 14th, 2017, 12:44 PM   #29
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Need a both option on the survey......
- Because it's the son and heir to the throne of the "greatest battle implement ever devised" the M1
- Because it is a .30 cal. and can deliver the goods past 800 yards
- Wood and steel battle rifle with beautiful lines
- Amazing accuracy and reliability

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Old April 14th, 2017, 12:49 PM   #30
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What other rifle do we need? Just need more ammo

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