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FEATURE | M14

My best
group in testing the modern
Springfield Armory
Super Match was
a 10-shot, 200 yard
group off the cradle
that measured just
1.408-inches.

walnut insert to fill the cut for the full auto
switch. The glass bedded M14 National
Match stock is much slimmer and lighter
compared to later competition rifles. While
the later guns used a pinned operating rod
guide, the early versions had the operating
rod guide welded on, or dovetailed into the
bottom of the barrel and silver soldered
into place. This was required because the
standard operating rod guide wouldn't fit the
heavy match barrels. With a serial number
of 0104, my AR Sales rifle would have been
from the very earliest days of M14 clones,
probably around 1975. The Maunz rifle would
have sold for around $1,200 in the midseventies. Only 225 were built in total.
To represent the heyday era of the M1A
on the rifle range, I chose an Iron Brigade
Armory, state of the art rifle from the early
1990s. During that time, many competition
rifles were built from the ground up on

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Springfield
Armory receivers.
The Iron Brigade rifle features all
the above features, along with a pinned
operating rod guide on the barrel and two
lugs welded to the receiver to allow bolting
it into the stock, for an even more secure
mating of the receiver to the stock. The
M1 and M14 rifles use a unique system of
securing the action in the stock, consisting
of hooks that are part of the trigger
guard which cams into matching cuts in
the receiver ears. During the later years
of the M14's domination of High Power
competition, some rifle builders added to
this system by modifying the guns with lugs
and guard screws. The idea was to make
the glass bedding last longer, but many
successful teams' rifles never incorporated
the modification. Most found that good glass


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