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Old June 23rd, 2007, 08:01 AM   #1
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Selector cut-out filler

I have a new Socom16 that I have dropped into a Fred's M14 Walnut stock. This being my first M14 I never realized how big the cutout in the stock is for the fire selector.

What options are there for something to plug this up? I don't want to fill it (I'm not that handy) and I don't need a fake auto selector (to go with my fake grenade launcher... )

Does someone make a bolt-on blank to cover that up?

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Old June 23rd, 2007, 10:51 AM   #2
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I did see a picture of one once where the owner had filed/fit a block of walnut to the cutout. Looks like alot of work, but it was nice. Other than that, Six said it.

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Old June 23rd, 2007, 11:01 AM   #3
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Selector cut out filler block.

I remember seeing these for sale in SGN in the mid '80's. IIRC Sarco was selling them. Patriot Armory 223

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Old June 23rd, 2007, 11:27 AM   #4
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Since most asthetic choices have been eliminated.

Err.......90mph tape?

Okay....that goofy thought of mine just led me to a cheap but maybe decent looking solution. If you can still get the metal backed skate board/no-slip tape they used to sell at hardware stores.
Get the shortest piece they'ell sell you of the 2" wide stuff (that will probably be a foot long).
Now since I don't have a stock with an unfilled cut out I won't give measurements but I suggest a half oval or semi-circle piece cut to cover the switch cut out be cut from the material. Note: DO NOT remove the tape yet!

Prep the stock area around the cut with a little rubbing alcohol.

Next try and form it to the contour of the stock as best you can . This is why you need the metal backed as the plasticky stuff will want to spring back flat and not bend.

Some of the paper backing on the tape probably will be peeling off by now so go ahead and remove it. Next place the tape over the cut out laying it down from one direction only. I'd go from "top"(reciever area) of stock down. Once its down press and hold firmly for a min or two to allowed the adhesive to get a grip on the stock.

Some may think this is a "tacky" idea (pun intended) but it might not look half bad. And if you get around a 1 foot length you got enough for at least 4-5 re-tries if you goof up.

That's the only quick fix I know of that can be peeled off if you don't like it.

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Old June 23rd, 2007, 11:29 AM   #5
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Due to the variations in stocks a bolt in piece would either have to be custom fitted or fit loosely. This is why the dummy selector switch is a nice drop in, it was supposed to be there.

I have also seen a nice filler piece that someone filled in on a birch stock for sale in the PX recently, look at this thread http://www.m14firinglineforum.com/up...ad.php?t=42468

If you have the right tools you can craft one yourself it should not be too difficult, but will require patience. By the time you got the right material, fitted the plug, matched the finish, installed and sanded flush - $30 for a dummy switch will seem like a deal! http://www.sparrowhawkm14.com/id9.html I've got the FDS kit on the way myself

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Old June 23rd, 2007, 11:33 AM   #6
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Smile Go Dummy .... Not "Fake"

Get a dummy lockout kit. I see no other choice for you.

( You really have a "fake'' grenade launcher??)

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Old June 23rd, 2007, 12:55 PM   #7
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find a SAI walnut take off on the EE (er, ah, PX. wrong board ) and use it. It will look easentially like a USGI walnut but without the cut out. A cut out goes hand in hand with USGI.

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Old June 23rd, 2007, 10:56 PM   #8
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...no, no fake grenade launcher. That was actually a tounge-in-cheek reference to the 37mm 'flare launchers' that are available to bolt on under a AR-15 to simulate a M203.

Sorry my obscure humor was lost on you guys...

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Old June 23rd, 2007, 11:36 PM   #9
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With respect, Six...

In the whole 4 weeks I have actually had an M14 in my possession... I'm learning as I go. Octanejunkie's link to SparrowHawk's dummy 'button' kit was in line with what I was looking for. I just didn't want a selector sticking out of the side of my rifle hanging up on stuff. I'm sort of a minimalist kind of guy, if it doesn't work or it isn't functional, it's out of here.

I will say that after looking at SparrowHawk's website I understand more about the M14 and it's stock. Now I know why there is a gap in front of the op rod that isn't in my synthetic stock from SAI (for the connector arm.)

Patience, Grasshopper....

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Old June 24th, 2007, 09:38 PM   #10
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Hawk's Selector Kits in the PX

Check out Hawk's post in the PX for 2 different dummy kits, 10 sets ready to ship - and to think I had to wait 2 weeks

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I bought a couple with the lock, instead of the switch. Looks sharp and most USGI M14's were issued that way. Usually two per squad got the selector switch. Most came with the connector lock, semi-auto only as issued. Others have used brass brads nailed and bent in the hole and used Bondo. It seems to stain and be more pliable than wood putty. Most leave the hole. I have never had anything fall in there and the rifle is far from sealed anyway. Have fun, enjoy the forum and take your time. It's certainly not something that must be fixed before shooting.

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