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Old March 19th, 2017, 02:58 PM   #16
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sf? crazy guys in the funny green hats. buddy was 10th/5th macv/sog vietnam colonel

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Old March 19th, 2017, 04:04 PM   #17
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How come the pictures are of you, with the rifle in the background? I don't get it.

It's always nice to see a 19D on foot.

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Old March 19th, 2017, 05:38 PM   #18
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Here are a couple of pics that I dug up of my M14 in Afghanistan. Started as a ebr chassis with a Leopold mk4. Ditched in favor of wood and irons. Thought you all might like them.
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Did you encounter any problems with that beautiful M14 out in hadji land?

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Old March 19th, 2017, 05:57 PM   #20
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Old March 19th, 2017, 06:35 PM   #21
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Good job mister....mighty proud of the job all you guys have done over there.

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Old March 19th, 2017, 06:44 PM   #22
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Nice pics. Thanks for serving. It looks like a pretty miserable land.

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How did the rifle do in the desert conditions?
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Here are a couple of pics that I dug up of my M14 in Afghanistan. Started as a ebr chassis with a Leopold mk4. Ditched in favor of wood and irons. Thought you all might like them.
I'm curious. What made you decide to switch the chassis and scope for wood and irons? Did you find that it worked better that way?

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Old March 21st, 2017, 10:14 AM   #29
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So when i was issued my 14, it was setup with the sage ebr chassis and had a brand new Leopold mk4 fixed 10x scope on it. Took the rifle to the long range marksmanship course at Benning ended up taking top gun for the class. Aside from other 14s, there were also a few m110s and m24s as well. Still outshot them all earning me a spot as a designated marksman within my platoon.

Fast forward to my 1st tour to Afghanistan. It took me all of about a month of humping that pig in the mountains before I realized that while the ebr chassis was a great benchrest platform. It was to heavy and kinda unwieldy while wearing full kit and combat load, I didn't like it and needed a change. I dumped it after month for a gi wood stock, my wingman did the same but scored a fiberglass gi stock. We both lost our chassis scope mounting when doing this change resulting us to going to a side mount style mount, I dont recal the make but even after bathing all the screws in locktite I couldnt get mine to hold a zero after a couple hundred rounds. So I eventually dumped it as well. Funny story. About a month after dumpimg all optocs and just rocking iron sites our Squadron CSM came down and was inspecting us while we were prepping to roll out on mission and promptly proceded to lay into me on "what was the purpose of having a designated marksman without a scope on his rifle", not being one for backing down I told him that I could still outshoot anyone in my Troop with my rifle as it was. He then asked how far I could hit a man with it like that. When I responded with 800 yrds easy he called BS , so the next day after mission no crap he had a steel ivan set up at 800 yrds at our range. Told me it was my ass if I couldn't ring it 5 out of 10 shots shooting prone supported over my backpack..... With my whole platoon plus troop and squadron leadership watching I rung the bell 8 times, got called a lucky SOB . And rocked my rifle that way for the next 10 months with zero regrets.

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I guessed that it might have been a weight and handling issue. I don't think I could even make it up a mountain carrying an EBR setup let alone maintain awareness and readiness. I have my doubts about how far I can carry the scoped M1A I do have.

I'm not terribly surprised but I still think it is a shame that you could not get the parts you wanted and had to do any scrounging. Want a fiberglass stock? Done. Need a Sadlak, ARMS18, or Bassett mount? Done. If only. I dunno, maybe guys downrange can get message to folks on this forum and we can donate extra parts or take up a collection to buy parts to send overseas? Or does that violate any laws or regs?

That's a great story about the Squadron CSM. Glad to hear you stuck to your guns (Pun intended). And that is impressive shooting! 800 yard with irons! I've only shot out to 300 yards so far and that's with optics.

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