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Old May 23rd, 2020, 04:16 AM   #1
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Lightening Strikes Twice

In February I stumbled across two early inverted M14 butt plates https://m14forum.com/m14/499060-earl...tt-plates.html
I found another last week, whats the odds, lightening strikes twice ?

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Old May 23rd, 2020, 04:31 AM   #2
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Another nice find.
As rare as some parts seem to be, they are out there.

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Old May 23rd, 2020, 04:32 AM   #3
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I'd heard of those. I don't think I ever saw one. Of course, if any were on the M14's in the Old Guard they were beat to pieces on the pavement in no time at all.

Does anyone know if they were made that way on purpose or did some get turned around by accident during the stamping/forming process?

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Old May 23rd, 2020, 10:47 AM   #4
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According to Bill Ricca the early inverted diamond butt plates were used in mid 1960 along with a rubber filler, as a stop gap measure, when the new flip up butt plates were to be installed. There was a major steel strike and many parts were in short supply preventing the timely production of the new plates. The inverted butt plates are fairly rare as are the rubber fillers. Most were just thrown away when the new butt plates became available.

A similar butt plate with raised diamonds was produced around 1968 as a replacement part for the M1 Garand. There are other anomalies among butt plates including an all aluminum plate made for the T44E6 Light Weight Rifle that show up now and then.

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Old May 23rd, 2020, 12:03 PM   #5
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I never even noticed the lack of the hinged part or hinge.

I'd try to blame it on getting up at 0500 if I hadn't turned off the alarm, crawled back in bed and slept till 0630.

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