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This is a discussion on Was the "Tanker" ever an issued rifle? within the Modern M14 forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; Originally Posted by Chingon Nope, SOCOM tried a 16" M14 in a two armed Reese style folder for a hot minute. The stock didn't do ...


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Old May 25th, 2017, 08:46 AM   #16
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Nope, SOCOM tried a 16" M14 in a two armed Reese style folder for a hot minute. The stock didn't do so well in the water and underperformed. Very short lived but the concept turned into our beloved shorty rifle we know so well. Early 80s if I recall.

So there was never an actual issued, tanker or SOCOM length M14 for the services? What about the MK14 EBR Mod 0 or Mod 1? They have the 18.5" barrels- were they issued?

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So there was never an actual issued, tanker or SOCOM length M14 for the services? What about the MK14 EBR Mod 0 or Mod 1? They have the 18.5" barrels- were they issued?
Yes, see post #3 above. The Mod 0 and 1 made at Crane supposedly used SAI Scout barrels.

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Yes, see post #3 above. The Mod 0 and 1 made at Crane supposedly used SAI Scout barrels.

So basically a Springfield scout barrel, bolt, receiver- then Sage etc. Why doesn't anyone build these to those specs and just offer them with that option?

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If that's what you're looking for, all you need to do is put your Scout or Socom in a Sage stock. Military versions are built on M14 receivers.

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I wonder what Gus Fisher would say to all this?

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Nope, SOCOM tried a 16" M14 in a two armed Reese style folder for a hot minute. The stock didn't do so well in the water and underperformed. Very short lived but the concept turned into our beloved shorty rifle we know so well. Early 80s if I recall.
Funny this conversation came up. Just last week I went shooting at a friend of a friends house who has a massive M1A collection (among many other great rifles), he particularly collects significant serial numbered M14s/M1As and loved telling me about them and I loved hearing it. So on his end-cap of his large walk-in vault, was this bad boy...



He told me it was built for SF. Meanwhile I was one of the many people who thought the whole SOCOM thing was a Springfield gimmick, but apparently these were built and at least tested if not placed in service for a short period of time. What a bad-ass little rifle.
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Funny this conversation came up. Just last week I went shooting at a friend of a friends house who has a massive M1A collection (among many other great rifles), he particularly collects significant serial numbered M14s/M1As and loved telling me about them and I loved hearing it. So on his end-cap of his large walk-in vault, was this bad boy...



He told me it was built for SF. Meanwhile I was one of the many people who thought the whole SOCOM thing was a Springfield gimmick, but apparently these were built and at least tested if not placed in service for a short period of time. What a bad-ass little rifle.

Here is an updated version, has more rails and better stock.


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Old May 26th, 2017, 04:27 AM   #23
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What a bad-ass little rifle.
bad@$$ indeed. Its why the Shuff Mini-G (16" Bbl) is still available.

So the really short M-14 was actually issued to SOF for a short while.. .what little rifle fills this role for Spec-Ops now?

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bad@$$ indeed. Its why the Shuff Mini-G (16" Bbl) is still available.

So the really short M-14 was actually issued to SOF for a short while.. .what little rifle fills this role for Spec-Ops now?
I dont think they use anything in .308 AS short as that Socom w folding stock but the SCAR-17 has been in the battle rifle role for quite some time now.

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Ok, the SCAR-17 is the closest to an M-14 in SOCOM-16 configuration. Why do yhou think that the current professional waerfighters avoid a 308 that short?

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Ok, the SCAR-17 is the closest to an M-14 in SOCOM-16 configuration. Why do yhou think that the current professional waerfighters avoid a 308 that short?
From what I know about the SCAR (Ive never shot one) its lighter and more accurate, doesnt require any aftermarket tweeks, and its a more modern platform (i.e. gas-operated with a bolt-carrier group like an AR), I also think its an inch or two shorter than a standard SOCOM16 in the SAI stock and its got a charging handle on both sides. A friend of mine carried it in Afghanistan and loved it compared to the M14 EBR.

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Lots of misinformation in this thread. Sad, really.

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Polack, very interesting story about the Tanker but even more interesting is Col William Alexander. I knew a retd Col William Alexander who served in that theater. He was a Naval Academy grad but had a hearing problem and Navy would not take him but the Army did. He was a friend of my Dad and I was at his home many times. He lived in Landrum, SC till his death in 70s and had a 200 yard range behind his home.

When he hit 80s he decided to get out of reloading and called my Dad and told him to come up and he gave us all his reloading equipment. As I remember he had a M1A1 Thompson, a M1 Carbine, etc. He was a avid highpower shooter as well and was on a 1000 yard record setting team back in 50s????

Do you have any more info on him?

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Lots of misinformation in this thread. Sad, really.
Care to elaborate?

You can't just throw out a statement and not provide corrections.

I know nothing about the "M14 Tanker" but did hear stories from my Dad who was a "Tanker" with the 14th Armored Division in WWII.

Many were issued the M1 Carbine and didn't much care for it due to "knock down power".

They would cut down the stock in the field, but that was the only mod they did.

Can't imagine shooting that thing with a short stock.

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So the SCAR is a better rifle than the M-14 for warfighting today.

Would the bull-pup configured Tavor also fill the bill for a sub-tanker length long barreled 7.62 NATO chambered battle rifle?

Anyone with real-world experience with this gun?

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