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Old December 31st, 2016, 05:48 PM   #1
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M14, 1966

I got this from my unit's tour book. This is what we first trained with, before we were given M16's for deployment. That's not me. This is during our battalion infantry training. Also found a pic of gunny for you jarheads. Check out the stock on the floor in the lower right on the second page(Lookin' close, that may be Gunny with his personal M14). And for you Army guys, on the last page, the lower pic was taken from the future site of Camp Eagle.

http://www.seabee-rvn.com/RVN-Cruise...68/i-C5HG24D/A
http://www.seabee-rvn.com/RVN-Cruise...68/i-BR2LJVc/A
http://www.seabee-rvn.com/RVN-Cruise...68/i-mDJttv3/A


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Old December 31st, 2016, 08:05 PM   #2
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My H&R M14 is on the left. The enlarged photo shows that my M14 has a vented handguard and its bolt is open. The M14 on the right has a selector switch and the bolt is closed. This picture was taken in Oct. 1966, north of Chu Lai.

Both rifles are resting on my 1964 ditty bag.
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My H&R M14 is on the left. The enlarged photo shows that my M14 has a vented handguard and its bolt is open. The M14 on the right has a selector switch and the bolt is closed. This picture was taken in Oct. 1966, north of Chu Lai.

Both rifles are resting on my 1964 ditty bag.
Didn't all M14's have selector switches?

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Only a few M14s were equipped with a selector switch, most had a little, mostly round button installed instead of the switch. Those with the button couldn't select full auto.

I'm not sure what the criteria was for a selector, but the unit armorer could replace the button with the switch. Our armorer had a selector switch on his M14; in fact I'm pretty sure that's his rifle in the picture.

We were stringing entanglement wire at that position; low enough that sappers couldn't crawl under the concertina wire that would later be strung over the top. It's out of focus, but you can see two reels of barbed wire in the photo.

Unlike the infantry, us arty guys could just about string all the barbed/concertina wire we wanted. On the other hand, we had to string all the wire we wanted and then usually more, depending upon the CO.
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Only a few M14s were equipped with a selector switch, most had a little, mostly round button installed instead of the switch. Those with the button couldn't select full auto.

I'm not sure what the criteria was for a selector, but the unit armorer could replace the button with the switch. Our armorer had a selector switch on his M14; in fact I'm pretty sure that's his rifle in the picture.

We were stringing entanglement wire at that position; low enough that sappers couldn't crawl under the concertina wire that would later be strung over the top. It's out of focus, but you can see two reels of barbed wire in the photo.

Unlike the infantry, us arty guys could just about string all the barbed/concertina wire we wanted. On the other hand, we had to string all the wire we wanted and then usually more, depending upon the CO.
I thought they were all full auto, but then on some hard afterthought, I think I was the designated auto in the fire team.

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Our battery had one M2 for each self-propelled M55 howitzer (six guns in all) that were dismounted from the guns and used on our perimeters. We had three three separate firebases, one for each gun platoon and the HQ platoon was always located with one of the gun platoons.

We had two M2s for each firebase plus we had enough M60s to equip every third or fourth outpost on our perimeter, so we only had something like 10% to 20% of our M14s that were full auto capable.

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I was in BCT, Ft Polk Nov 66. All our 14s had selectors.
Went to Infantry AITat Ft Gordon. It was just for Airborne volunteers there.
We had 14s and E2s, both with selectors.
Halfway through the school, we transitioned to 16s.
1st piece in VN was M2 Carbine as that is what our strikers had.
We went to 16s in early 69 I think.
Some guys like engineers still used 14s, but the usually never pulled operations.

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