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Old December 11th, 2019, 03:12 PM   #1
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Found this in a local store, Devine E2 clone

Found this on the wall of a local store, had a cheap scope and mount on it and the stock was painted brown (looked like with a brush). Was priced at what a used late model M1A would have been priced at. Looked like it wasnt fired much, if at all past test firing.

I'm not into m1A/M14s really, more of a WWII collector, but after popping it out of the stock at the store and seeing GI trigger group, bolt, CL SA barrek, SAK op rod etc I figured I'd take it home. I didnt even notice the Devine TX address on the bottom of the barrel until I got it home. Didnt even know what that meant until I did some internet searching.

I would imagine its a real Devine rifle with the marking n the barrel, serial no 16xx. HRT bolt, HR trigger housing, SA hammer and safety, SAK op rod, milled flash hider, like new 8/67 chrome lined SA barrel. Has a hooded rear sight, base is not NM, garand elevation knob. Receiver casting is a little rough inside compared to later SAI rifles, no reference notch for the elevation drum and the bolt hold open latch window is not machined well, but looks good on the outside :)

After spending three days stripping and refinishing the stock I'm pretty happy with it (have no idea why someone would have painted it). Unfortunately the forward grip and folding/rubber buttplate, bipod and add on compensator (not on the rifle in pic) are aftermarket. I would guess that originally it did not have this stock on it, or someone stole/swapped the USGI stock parts lol, The knockoff parts all show some age but I would assume in 1973 it would have had GI parts. The stock itself is USGI and the selector cutout was very nicely filled in with brown epoxy. Havent fired it yet, but dont see why it wont be a decent shooter.

I was going to pass this one up because of the ugly scope setup and stock but I'm glad I looked it over a little better and took it home.
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Old December 11th, 2019, 05:47 PM   #2
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Welcome.....hope you enjoy your new toy.

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Old December 11th, 2019, 05:57 PM   #4
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Oh, that's a DEVINE rifle alright, and it is simply DEVINE!

Great find, you are to be commended for rescuing it and working on bringing it back to its former glory. With what you paid for the rifle you can afford to hunt down the parts needed to complete the E2 stock and mount a proper scope.

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Old December 11th, 2019, 06:22 PM   #5
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Congratulations on rescuing that Devine. I rescued one from California that had the muzzle break removed to comply with their state law. Like how your stock turned out. If You want a reproduction E2 stabilizer to go on your muzzle break I've got one for sale in the PX after I purchased a USGI one to replace the Fulton https://m14forum.com/px/495162-fulton-e2-stabilzer.html

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Old December 11th, 2019, 06:30 PM   #6
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Thanks guys, I belong to a few other forums but since I learned more about these Devine rifles in the last few days from here I'd figure I'd join and share it.

I dont think I'll scope it, I prefer irons usually. I'll keep an eye out for some real USGI E2 parts (not cheap) but the repro parts arent horrible, just obviously not USGI. Most likely it will end up in a nice regular stock. Just finished cleaning the inside up, looks like it hasnt been touched in 20 years, going to put a few rounds through it tomorrow. Forgot to mention it also came with 4 like new USGI mags, 2 H&R and two Borg Warner so it was a pretty good buy.

At first I was a little upset that someone painted the stock and put a 25.00 walmart scope with a chinese mount on it. But in retrospect it was probably better for me since it was so ugly no one bought it until I came along lol.

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Congratulations on rescuing that Devine. I rescued one from California that had the muzzle break removed to comply with their state law. Like how your stock turned out. If You want a reproduction E2 stabilizer to go on your muzzle break I've got one for sale in the PX after I purchased a USGI one to replace the Fulton https://m14forum.com/px/495162-fulton-e2-stabilzer.html

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I should have taken a before pic of this one, it was pretty bad. I'm always happy to see a military style rifle put back to as-issued look. Luckily this was an easy one since the paint came off the stock easily and the rest is essentially like new.

Appreciate the offer but it came with a repro stabilizer on it, just didnt have it on when I took the pic.

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Old December 11th, 2019, 08:30 PM   #8
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If Tennessee has a state lottery you should buy a ticket. Very nice find !

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Old December 12th, 2019, 08:53 AM   #9
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Out of curiosity, is it possible this rifle could have came with this E2 stock from Devine? I read in a couple posts that some of the TX rifles had filled in selector cutouts in the stock, whoever did the epoxy fill on this stock did a very nice job. Reason I ask is I would like to try to remove the epoxy and put a dummy selector kit on it down the road. But if there is a chance this stock may have came with it from Devine I'll leave it alone.
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Took it to the range this morning, great shooter, ejection is a little weak. Assuming it probably needs some new ejector/extractor springs. Ammo was some pretty weak PPU M80 but was able to get a 1.75" 5 shot group off sandbags at 100 yds when I really tried. Not bad with a non NM front sight.

Will most likely be the last time I fire it for a while, very happy with it overall. Once again thanks for some excellent posts on this forum so I now know what I'm looking at when I go to replace the repro E2 parts with the real thing down the road. Most likely going to make this rifle a permanent part of the collection.
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Old December 12th, 2019, 01:56 PM   #11
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Leave it alone - that brown filler looks like old Dev-Con, and would be correct material for a rifle built and bedded during that time period - take way more photos inside and out of the stock and bedding. One of the resident experts like Different, will be able to spout off way more info to go on .

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As to your question regarding could this rifle have come from Elmer with an E2 stock the answer is a resounding YES!

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Old December 12th, 2019, 05:49 PM   #14
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Leave it alone - that brown filler looks like old Dev-Con, and would be correct material for a rifle built and bedded during that time period - take way more photos inside and out of the stock and bedding. One of the resident experts like Different, will be able to spout off way more info to go on .
The only work done to the stock is the filled selector openings. There is no other epoxy/bedding anywhere. There are no dings/dents most likely an unissued replacement stock. Why someone painted it I have no idea, I thought it was to cover up major damage. It looks like there may have been some dark green paint under the brown so it may have been painted twice. Maybe a camo job gone wrong..

Since the foregrip and flip up buttplate are reproduction I assumed the stock was put on after it was new but it looks like some repro parts were made in the 70s so who knows.


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Old May 22nd, 2020, 03:40 PM   #15
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Havent see much activity on this sub forum so I thought I'd post up some updated pics. After doing some research I'm pretty sure the E2 stock is original to the rifle, even with the reproduction buttplate and forward grip.

But to be honest I'm not a huge fan of the E2 style stock, was looking for a decent regular USGI replacement to put this in and ran across a nicely figured (lightly sanded unfortunately, but not a bubba job) walnut stock. At a local flea market, for 50.00, with a new MRT sling.

Cleaned it up a bit, put one of Hawk's dummy selectors on it and I'm very happy with the outcome. The E2 stock will stay with the rifle of course..
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