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Old December 4th, 2016, 03:14 PM   #1
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Federal Ordnance M14a HRT Bolt , HR Trigger Winchester Barrel. How do I check sights and op rod to see if USGI. Heavy Target Stock not GI. please provide Ideas on what to check prior to sale. This is coming from an estate and I will be selling for them. Part of the reason for this post is also to raise post count to post in px need 2 more.

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Old December 4th, 2016, 03:14 PM   #2
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4 digit serial on this. Heel stamp M14a

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Old December 4th, 2016, 03:43 PM   #3
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Sight knobs and op rod should have markings on them. I believe some bases are marked and some are not. Post markings, or better yet pics and someone will be along to advise you.

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Will check for markings. Pictures when time allows.

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My Fed Ord was all USGI except barrel and stock.

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Old December 6th, 2016, 06:27 AM   #6
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With that low of serial # it may have all USGI parts, however do check it out.

Take the the oprod off and look where the spring guide and spring goes into, there should be numbers the area. If you're not sure what the numbers are, then post a picture of it, some one should be able to figure it out.

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Only an A after the number, not SA or just S? Don't think I have seen one with just an A after the number.

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Old December 6th, 2016, 04:54 PM   #8
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Just A no other letters. Double checked just now. Will strip and post pictures as I do want to be informed before placing in px or offering at local gun show. Do need to do the best for the estate. Basic research shows low opinion of Federal Ordnance. I was hoping it was going to be a Devine , I knew there was a M1a in the estate and just gained possession on Sunday. I currently have a Springfield Armory and was hoping to upgrade but the best I can do for the estate is to sell this one.

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Old December 6th, 2016, 08:46 PM   #9
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Both of mine were all USGI TRW for one and HRN for the other. Kind of made me want to go with a welded to make it all semi original. Never had any issues with either of mine, but since they're earlier builds they don't have the issues that seem to be common with the higher serial numbered builds.

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Shifting gears a little , what should I check and who is local to the Cleveland area that is qualified to inspect for head space and other issues. I am assisting estate to sell but executor is paranoid about liability of selling defective firearms. Estate has multiple Remington 700's and they have seen the 60 minutes program detailing the trigger recall. So now they are concerned about everything.

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Some more background , executor is so concerned about any defects and liabilities that they would deduct the value of the firearms from their half of the estate and destroy them if they thought defective. So #1 to help them to preserve the value that they need in their half of the share and #2 to prevent the destruction of any firearm I hope some one local can help with the inspection of this if needed.

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Fed Ord has had some issues with receivers, mine was S/N range "60XX", all USGI, it shot nicely, there are a lot of Ohio guys here that could recommend a qualified gunsmith look it over and if he gives the Ok, test fire it, then sell it. That way you can say it has been inspected by a qualified gunsmith and test fired. You could also have the gunsmith test fire it if you feel it is questionable.
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What year of manufacture would a serial number in the 1000 to 2000 range be?
Meeting with estate tomorrow , also hope to have time to photograph this weekend. Busy researching this and other firearms for sale from the estate to advise them to obtain highest value.

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Would appreciate any Cleveland area help with head space gauges , muzzle and throat erosion gauges.

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Old December 10th, 2016, 04:03 PM   #15
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I had the highest S/N's rx that was made. It was all USGI parts but the TRW bolt looked like it had been excessively lapped into the rx so I had it head spaced (before I had my own gauges) and it was way out. Had all the parts put onto a forged rx and have the Fed Ord rx set aside. Per SEI it can be saved but not really interested in having the work done at this time as I have five M14 shooters.

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