This is a discussion on Traditional Vietnam M14 Sniper Rifles within the The M14 forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; I thought you guys might enjoy seeing a few pictures of a couple rifles I set up in the traditional "old school' Vietnam sniper configuration.
I thought you guys might enjoy seeing a few pictures of a couple rifles I set up in the traditional "old school' Vietnam sniper configuration.
The bottom rifle in the pictures is set up in the Army Weapons Command configuration used early in Vietnam. I used an early Devine M1A for the pictures. That configuration was developed to make use of available optics and mounts (WWII era M1C mounts and the Korean War era M84 scopes), using a bracket developed by the Army Weapons Command.
The top rifle is set up in the XM21 or M21 configuration sniper that was introduced later in the war, around 1969. I used an M1A in the 45K serial range for the pictures. It used the AR TEL scope and mount system.
Thanks for the Intel and photos on the Traditional Vietnam M14 Sniper Rifles.
I have seen the variations on the M1 Garand Sniper Rifles Model M1C and M1D and seldom see the M14 versions. Now for that's good news for me. Now the bad news is........you have given me another idea/project M14/M1A rifle to my " To Do List "
Thanks for the comments guys! I'm glad to have a chance to share the pictures. 2336USMC is right, the search for some of these pieces has been fun, ha!
I got the M84 from the CMP about 10 years ago when they were selling them as "dirty needs cleaning" for $150. I bought the Griffin & Howe M1C mount with hopes of setting up an M1C. I finally found the AWC bracket recently on gunbroker.
One of the most challenging things was to find the AR TEL scope can. I finally found it about a month ago on gunbroker for about 1/10th of what I would have paid. Here is a picture with it below an ARTII scope case.
The AR TEL can was aluminum with fairly weak latches whereas the ARTII was fiberglas with heavy duty latches. I've heard the ARTII called "air drop without parachute", ha. Here is a picture of the ARTII scope and mount above the AR TEL and AWC rigs.
One thing that I am still looking for is the scope lens caps for the AR TEL. Most of them were lost or thrown away. They were marked with a large R and the words REDFIELD PRECISION along the top edge and MADE IN USA along the bottom edge. Here is a picture of a similar one I found on the web.
If any of you have a set stashed away, or know where I could find them I would appreciate the info.
Last edited by Cass; February 22nd, 2010 at 12:13 PM.