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fragout 11-28-2010 07:43 PM

M14/M1A referance pics (pic heavy)
Right before I was sent down range, I finished up a couple of M14 synthetic stocks, along with a pair of handguards, and since I gotta leave um behind for awhile, decided to snap a few pics of them whilst on the rifles.
I'm not the best camera guy, but hopefully some of the pics will help as a reference for others interested in the M14/M1A.

Both stocks started out with the selector lever holes just like this one...

Since neither of these are capable of select fire, I do not need the holes there, as it is just a fast an easy way for mud,blood, and crud to find it's way right smack on top of the trigger group.

After running them( stocks only minus metal buttplate/rear sling swivel assembly) through the dishwasher, I prepped the inside of the holes by roughing it up a little with sandpaper, used a few small screws to act as a sort of "rebar" for the fill to hold onto, built up both sides with 100mph tape to act as dams, or "forms"....and filled them up with JB weld, using a small wooden dowel to tamp it in gently and force out any gaps that might form in the filled area of the holes proper.
Let um harden overnight, strip off the tape, and go to work shaping them up with sand paper until I got the shape where I wanted it. After runnin them through the dishwasher again, I let um dry well, and hit them up with Krylon "camo brown" spray paint. (Black paint for the hg's to give it a little two-tone action).........
Heres how the area turned out on both......

Note: Notice that one of the stocks has no checkering to it. I believe that it is an early production synthetic prior to the addition of checkering, as this specific stock showed no signs of ever having any checkering that I could find. It is also lighter in weight as compared to the others I have handled before as well.....

More to follow


fragout 11-28-2010 07:46 PM

Next up is a comparison pic of a std castle nut/flash hider/front sight assembly vs an SEI gas lock hooded front sight unit/Vortex direct connect flash hider.....
I lined them up as best as I could to show the difference in OAL, and sight radius, as this comes up often when folks are looking into buying an M14 type.

More to follow


fragout 11-28-2010 07:48 PM

Pics of what an older model ARMS #18 split rail mount looks like........

More to follow


fragout 11-28-2010 07:49 PM

and a comparison of a rifle with an ARMS 18 vs one without....

Note the difference between the 2 receivers. The one without the ARMS mount is SAI, while the rifle that sports the ARMS18 is an M14S Norinco.

More comparison pics......
OAL differences concerning 22in, 18in, and 16in bbls.....

A SAI M1A Socom alongside an SAI M1A-A1 Bush rifle..

A Socom sandwiched between a Ruger 10-22 at top, and M1 Carbine on bottom....

More to follow


fragout 11-28-2010 08:06 PM

Another pic of the rifles sitting in thier newly finished furniture...

SAI M1-A1 Bush rifle at top sports all GI parts, minus bbl, and of course receiver.

The other is a build with M14S Norinco receiver, Criterion chrome lined bbl, and a mix of GI, SEI, OEM, and Sadlak parts.

Pics of the wife's M1A with plenty of GI parts...


fragout 11-28-2010 08:17 PM

Comparison of both alongside an SAI XD40, and WASR10/63 folder...


canebrake 11-28-2010 08:21 PM

Nice sticks frag.

Keep your head down and safe home brother!

fragout 11-28-2010 08:26 PM

More pics......just because......

Hopefully some of the visual references, and comparisons will help folks looking into the M1A/M14 rifle, and also help in determining which type/or model that best suits them.

At the same time, I must admit that I am already missing my rifles......:o

Already planning my next build. another "shorty" using an LRB M14SA receiver.


fragout 11-28-2010 08:26 PM


Originally Posted by canebrake (Post 393403)
Nice sticks frag.

Keep your head down and safe home brother!

Will do, and thanks


canebrake 11-28-2010 08:36 PM

I love my Smith Vortex. Hows it work for you?

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