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Old May 4th, 2016, 07:12 PM   #16
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Nice. My first is on order. Long ways to go

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Old May 4th, 2016, 07:40 PM   #17
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Absolutely nothing wrong with your rifle at all, Sir .
I'd be proud to own her.
The important thing is, How's she shoot?

Honestly... havent fired a shot through her yet. Been spending so much time cleaning, stripping and upgrading. Hoping to get out to the range sometime this month.

HMMMMMM. ..
People have different priorities. From time to time I teach M14 Seminars. THE M14: INSPECTION, MAINTENANCE, REPAIR and CUSTOMISATION. Notice that "customisation" comes LAST!

At the most recent M14 seminar I taught, I asked the attendees to tell me what their INDIVIDUAL M14 type rifles liked best for ammunition. After all, ammunition selection is a critical part of getting the best out of your individual M14. AND, I was shocked to find out that a majority of the attendees had not yet fired a shot out of their rifles. Some of them had already started in on expensive upgrades .... without firing a shot??

Priorities???

I have owned one heck if a lot of these rifles, and usually, one of the very first things I do, right after a DETAILED strip and inspection ( and usually a decent crisp trigger job ) is to head to the range with as many types of .308 Win and 7.62 NATO ammo as I can find, to see what feed it likes best, AND TO ESTABLISH A BASE LINE to use as a reference point for all further mods, tweaks, and upgrades.

I guess I am old fashioned and in the minority here?

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Old May 4th, 2016, 07:51 PM   #18
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Old May 4th, 2016, 09:59 PM   #19
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That is a very nice looking rifle sir. Congrats and welcome, looking forward to a range report.

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Old May 4th, 2016, 10:13 PM   #20
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HMMMMMM. ..
People have different priorities. From time to time I teach M14 Seminars. THE M14: INSPECTION, MAINTENANCE, REPAIR and CUSTOMISATION. Notice that "customisation" comes LAST!

At the most recent M14 seminar I taught, I asked the attendees to tell me what their INDIVIDUAL M14 type rifles liked best for ammunition. After all, ammunition selection is a critical part of getting the best out of your individual M14. AND, I was shocked to find out that a majority of the attendees had not yet fired a shot out of their rifles. Some of them had already started in on expensive upgrades .... without firing a shot??

Priorities???
There is nothing wrong with upgrading before you shoot, No offense but your point is totally irrelevant here's why: I built an lrb m25 with all the upgrades beforeI shot it, lots of guys on here including your self have tried to buy or build the best rifle they can for they're budget and haven't shot the rifle until it's built up the way you want.
Why would someone not build up a rifle the best they can and then take it out when they are ready?

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Old May 4th, 2016, 10:29 PM   #21
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She looks good to me!


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Old May 5th, 2016, 03:58 AM   #22
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While I understand the point of shooting first, there are a few minor things I wanted to upgrade for appearances sake. These parts happened to come into play before I have fired the rifle.
Me being me I like to know how everything works, been that way for 60 years. I have disassembled and reassembled this rifle several times a week since I got her. I want to know that if something goes wrong or isnt functioning the way it should I will have a fairly good idea what is the root cause.
Now all that being said, I do have a purpose for do the upgrades I have. Let me explain. Hopefully some of you will understand and that I wont offend those who dont.
I do 'Vietnam living history' here in Canada, specifically I do a representation of the 11th ACR and the 173rd Airborne and to be MORE specific I represent the Canadians who volunteered and fought along side their US brothers. Some 30,000 plus Canadians fought for what they thought was right. So part of my 'impression' is to have an M14 sniper rifle for the military events I attend. I knwo the M14 wasnt the weapon used by either, but I can use the sniper portion as part of the 11th ACR. I would prefer the M16A1 BUT being here in the Great White North makes that a very difficult prospect. Now the likelihood of my find the 'proper' scope, mount and (perhaps) M2 bipod are highly unlikely at a reasonable price, near impossible... let alone find them in Canada. Finding upgrade items in Canada is near impossible and having them shipped up from my brothers or suppliers south of the border is even farther from impossible. I wanted to have these upgrades done before the military show season starts up here. This rifle will likely be used for blank fire demonstrations mostly. When I do get her to the range, and I'm fortunate to have a range nearby where I work, I am having a qualified gunsmith fire the first few rounds through her to ensure everything is ok with the rifle.

I do hope you now understand why I have proceed as I have at this stage.
Sorry for the long post.

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Old May 7th, 2016, 05:28 AM   #23
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Finished the last coat of tung oil last night and re-assembled everything this morning.
I personally, like the way she turned out. For my first M14




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Old May 7th, 2016, 05:49 AM   #24
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Very nice

That is one fine lookin' rifle!

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Old May 7th, 2016, 05:51 AM   #25
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We are all individuals around here.
Thanks for sharing your beauty with us.
Great thread, by the way.
I didn't even know Canadians had been in Viet Nam. My history is lacking.
I worked with ROK Marines and a few Aussies at times, but never a Canadian.
I was only there in 1967 and 1968 and in I Corps.

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Old May 7th, 2016, 05:52 AM   #26
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Congrats! that's a rifle anyone would be proud of. Now take her out shooting.

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Old May 7th, 2016, 06:36 AM   #27
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Looks very nice from here. Nice job.

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Old May 7th, 2016, 07:27 AM   #28
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We are all individuals around here.
Thanks for sharing your beauty with us.
Great thread, by the way.
I didn't even know Canadians had been in Viet Nam. My history is lacking.
I worked with ROK Marines and a few Aussies at times, but never a Canadian.
I was only there in 1967 and 1968 and in I Corps.

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Art... Canada was never 'officially' involved in the war. Those who crossed the border to volunteer gave false US addresses as their home address. In fact it is illegal for Canadian citizen to fight for another countries army.
In Windsor Ontario is a monument to those who died or are Mia. It's NOT sponsored by the Canadian government. The Vietnam vet of Michigan sponsored it in recognition of the Canadian volunteers. It is made of the same stone that 'The Wall' is made of.google search The North Wall Windsor'.
I am a proud Canadian and what I do for living history to keep their contributions alive is the least I can do. I had the honour last year in assisting (with a Canadian helicopter Vietnam vet)in the lying of a wreath at remembrance day to the Canadian Vietnam vet.

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Old May 8th, 2016, 10:01 AM   #29
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Thought I'd throw this link up there....

http://www.cvva.ca/north-wall-memorial.html

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Looks like you could defend your postion very easily with her. Best of luck with her. We also need a range report

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