July 28th, 2016, 04:04 PM
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: The Road
Again, we should give credit to Lee Emerson and his years of tireless research to keep all of this straight.
There are only a very few ways to own a real M14. Some select fire rifles were legally registered under the 1968 amnesty, a few were legally auctioned off by Harrington & Richardson when they went out of business, the US Department of Energy sold a few to the public. Etc. These legally registered M14 machine guns number a few hundred, that's it, after the 1986 ban.
There is one single rifle, very famous, that is the only legally owned semi-auto M14 in existence. One of the contractors that made M14 rifles for the military- TRW- floated the idea of building new M14 rifles with the selector removed for sale to the public. The ATF decided this was not a good idea. Only one single TRW semi-auto M14 rifle is in civilian hands, after a long lawsuit that won.
Wikipedia is popcorn.