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Old May 10th, 2020, 11:13 AM   #1
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Transformation of Bula M14 to EBR-RI

I kept seeing the listing for the Black EBR Chassis by Ted Brown and have always wanted to add an EBR to my military arms. So I stated reading about the different versions to see which ones used the black stock and the items that were included in his listing and identified the EBR-RI as the one I wanted to do. About the same time I found a Bula M14 on Gun Broker with a 19-1/4” barrel and decided that would work for me although the EBR-RI all had 22” barrels. So in late march I purchased both the chassis and the Bula rifle and took possession of them in early April. This is the link that has the chart I was looking at for the components that would go with the EBR-RI https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mk_14_...d_Battle_Rifle.

So I started gathering parts:

SAGE EBR Chassis – Ted Brown M14 Forum
Bula M14 rifle – Gun Broker
Leupold M3 3.5-10x mil dot scope – EBay
SAGE cantilever scope mount – ARFCOM
Reamed flash hider with bayonet lug – Forceman M14 Forum
KAC bipod adaptor – Amazon
Harris bipod – Midway
Leupold scope rings – Midway
M6 Imperial bayonet NOS – Gun Broker
M10 Imperial bayonet scabbard NOS – Mocityman
M60 padded sling – Guns International
1-1/4” fasteck buckle – Strapworks
Two 1-1/4” U-Loops – Blue Force
Flip-up scope covers – Don’t have yet



This is nice article about the building of the EBR-RI rifles. https://www.gunsandammo.com/editoria...-ebr-ri/247604

Received the last of the above items this last week so I decided to make the transformation and not wait on scope covers. I spent most of the day Saturday working on the transition. The above photo of the parts was taken about 11 am. I used these following Tony Ben videos: M14/M1A Complete Disassembly and Reassembly
, SAGE EBR Chassis Overview
and SAGE EBR Chassis Installation
during this process. I’m sure I could not have done this without these great videos, Thanks Tony! The seller of the Bula got it from them in 2017 as a barreled action with their receiver, barrel, op rod and the trigger group may be theirs also and he did the rest of the build including the neutered flash hider. The rear sight, gas cylinder and plug are USGI, the gas piston is a Sadlac and the op rod spring guide is unmarked. This photo taken about 2:00 pm shows the guts of the Bula M14 after stripping it down.



The next step was to put the new EBR op rod guide on the barreled receiver. This photo was taken about 3:30 pm.



It took lots of work to get the Bula receiver to fit in the EBR chassis I think due to the legs being a little wide. So after some filing and working with a wood block and large hammer finally got it to set flush on the chassis and completed the installation. This photo was taken about 6:00 pm.



At this point I started to install the scope, bipod and sling. This link is to the RI supplement http://www.m14.ca/DIY/M14_EBR_SUPPLEMENT.pdf This is a link to the article I used to set the M60 sling up as a tactical sling. https://www.americanpartisan.org/201...or-your-rifle/

When I finished everything last night it was about 9:00 pm and it was too dark to take photos. So these photos of the completed transformation were taken this morning about 9:00 am.

Right Side


Left Side


Right Side on Bipod


Left Side on Bipod


Top on Bipod


Yesterday was a long day but I now have an M14 EBR-RI (except for the shorter barrel) to go with my other Military Long Arms. Hope you enjoyed my story and photos.
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Old May 10th, 2020, 03:39 PM   #2
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Awesome job CTS.. Very cool!

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Looks great!! I actually really dig the 19 1/4 barrel on it. The bayonet fits perfect! Wish it would fit on my Scout.

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Neat project, looks great. I really appreciate these kind of detailed posts with pics of a build, it’s very informative. (I have that same scope and rings as spares, and have considered a similar build). Again, congrats with your modern build, although I’m still in awe of all your nice early stuff(!)

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Well done CTS! I got that same EBR itch a couple of years ago and put my SAI Standard in a Sage. It shoots very nice!


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Nice thing is that you can always put it back in the wood.

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Nice thing is that you can always put it back in the wood.
That will never happen as this fits a spot in the history of the M14 in military service. I've already got plenty examples in wood to fill those spots. So this one in metal will stay that way.

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Beautiful job CTS!!! One day I hope to build one of these rifles. They are very interesting.

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Awesome rifle!

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Nice stick! When's the group therapy report?

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Nice EBR, I really like these body styles, one day I will own one.


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