Shooting Sports USA - April 2018 - 33
While the Maunz, AR Sales rifle in the foreground can't officially be called an M1A, the three guns tested represent
over 40 years of M14 clone development.
remarkable with an iron sighted battle rifle.
Good competition rifles can group 10 shots
under one MOA, and the meticulously massaged rifles used by the top shooters during
my career would consistently put up 10 shots
under an inch at 200 yards off a test cradle.
It seems a look back at these rifles and their
capabilities is reasonable, since our military
is currently bringing the M14 out of mothballs
and creating the Enhanced Battle Rifle (EBR).
The EBR is a standard M14 with a shorter
barrel installed into a folding chassis stock with
rails for accessories and sights.
Four Decades of M1As
The AR Sales rifle represents the very
beginning of the M14 clones. It's one of
225 of the very first M14 clones built into a
state of the art rifle for its day by one of the
pioneers of the M14 clones, Karl Maunz. In
2013, I had the pleasure of sharing a target
at Camp Perry with Mr. Maunz, then 75 years
old and still shooting strong. His story was
that he was on the Army Reserve team and
designed the clone receiver because the
Army Reserve had no access to M14 National
Match rifles, so he got involved in providing
a civilian version. These were custom order
rifles and serial numbers-even brand
names varied widely. Some guns were
labeled Maunz Match Rifle, some H&R, and
some, as my gun, AR Sales. There's a lot of
controversy about who actually made the
first M14 clones and the stories vary.
The Maunz rifle used an air gauged,
Douglas barrel, has a unified gas system, a
different recoil spring guide, and a standard
National Match stock, glass bedded with a
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