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Old July 28th, 2016, 04:04 PM   #16
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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.

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Old July 28th, 2016, 04:56 PM   #17
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The WV Rifle/Pistol Assoc. some years ago had issued to them for use in match shooting several true M14' NM without selector parts. Association charged those issued those rifles $35.00/year for use. I ran the local HP range/matches at that time and was given 6 of these rifles for assignment as I saw fit meaning those serious about Across The Course Service Rifle matches. Good friend and shooter ended up with a Winchester and you would have thought he had won the lottery. Along came 9/11 and they were all recalled and supposedly put back into service somewhere?? Each rifle had documents kept in the butt stock to show they were legally held by the individual. My friend said he was not going to surrender his Winchester and I suggested that he strongly reconsider that decision for the consequences would be somewhat severe, I got it back and returned it just as directed. A rule I imposed on those with these rifles was that they had to compete in no less than 4 matches during the season and they attended everyone as I remember. Those were the good old days and no harm came from them using true M14's for match shooting but the law is the law.

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Old July 28th, 2016, 06:31 PM   #18
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One thing that needs to be kept in mind is the fact that 'M1A' is a registered trademark
owned by SAI.
Therefore the M14S, M14SA ect by others which are not converted M14. Just
there name they choose to use.
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