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Old May 15th, 2017, 06:07 PM   #1
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Identify my M14?!

I have acquired a M14 from a local gun show late last year... I have done all I can to determine it's make but still am unsure as to what make I own. Hopefully someone on here might be able to shed some wisdom on this beautiful rifle.

The number in the 3rd picture is 010972

That number can be found on the Bolt, Gas Piston, and the Trigger Mechanism.

I believe it is a Springfield but I am unsure. Let me know if you require any additional images and I can make it happen!

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Old May 15th, 2017, 07:10 PM   #2
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Looks chinese to me. Maybe polytech or norinco. You'll have to wait for one of the pro's to chime in to be sure. Maybe picture of the whole left side of receiver.
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I have acquired a M14 from a local gun show late last year... I have done all I can to determine it's make but still am unsure as to what make I own. Hopefully someone on here might be able to shed some wisdom on this beautiful rifle.

The number in the 3rd picture is 010972

That number can be found on the Bolt, Gas Piston, and the Trigger Mechanism.

I believe it is a Springfield but I am unsure. Let me know if you require any additional images and I can make it happen!

Cheers,

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Its not from Merica, that there son was made in China..

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Old May 15th, 2017, 07:47 PM   #4
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Yep, not SAI, they mark theirs. BTW, welcome from your southern neighbor in WA.

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Old May 15th, 2017, 08:19 PM   #5
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Welcome, the others are spot on. Norinco or polytech.

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Old May 15th, 2017, 08:21 PM   #6
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Old May 15th, 2017, 11:34 PM   #7
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I have acquired a M14 from a local gun show late last year... I have done all I can to determine it's make but still am unsure as to what make I own. Hopefully someone on here might be able to shed some wisdom on this beautiful rifle.

The number in the 3rd picture is 010972

That number can be found on the Bolt, Gas Piston, and the Trigger Mechanism.

I believe it is a Springfield but I am unsure. Let me know if you require any additional images and I can make it happen!

Cheers,

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Here are a couple other pictures. There is no other markings. No Norinco stamp or anything like that.

There is a 8 in a circle stamped into the stock at the rear end where the receiver sits.
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Old May 16th, 2017, 08:05 AM   #9
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Plytech and Norinco didn't necessarily stamp their names on them.

And if you got in Canada, very highly likely it is Chinese.

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Old May 16th, 2017, 08:23 AM   #10
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Definitely a Chinese M14. Just seeing the stock and hand-guard is a dead giveaway as well as the serial on the left side of the receiver. Now don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with a Chinese M14. I love them and the prices seem to keep going up on them so its best to get them while you can. However I recommend going on TreelineM14.com and at least replacing the stock with a 59$ USGI Walnut or Birch stock. If it was me I would go ahead and add in a vented or non vented GI hand-guard too.

The Chinese hand-guards are decent but they have a weird pouring creamer into coffee look to them that is odd to me. However the stocks are downright terrible imo. If you take my advice and get a usgi stock you will understand once you compare them.

Judging by the parkerizing on the rifle I am going to say it is a Norinco. Only because I have only seen Norincos with two shades of parkerizing. Not often but I have seen it on a few different Norincos. And none on all the Polytechs ive seen.

Also donlt let people scare you about the soft bolt crap. Check head-space and keep an eye on it if it bothers you that much. The soft receiver and bolt crap was on a "few" of the very first Chinese M14's. The hardness was corrected by SEI during testing and trials. The Chinese made the change and that was it. Out of my 3 now 4 (waiting on its arrival) Chinese M14's, none of them have had a single problem.

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Old May 16th, 2017, 08:41 AM   #11
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Thanks guys. I appreciate the info! that is great. I have never had any issues with Norinco products. This current configuration shoots very well. But I defiantly want to do some upgrades to it.
I plan to black this rifle out. I am gonna be ordering a complete blackfeather RS system.

Thanks a bunch and thanks for the warm welcome :)

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Old May 16th, 2017, 08:54 AM   #12
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One last thing. Is it normal to see a chrome barrel on the Norinco M14?

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Old May 16th, 2017, 09:16 AM   #13
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Yes Chinese M14's come with a chrome lined barrel. Another good selling point imo.

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Old May 16th, 2017, 10:38 AM   #14
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Look to see if the barrel is held in by a set screw.

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