I don't know about you but I ambushed.
The Japanese blonde hair, blue eyed Yankee.
Carefree with a lot of puns. Has a dispiteful hate for Kalashnikov rifles.
The Author actually bought a "deactivated" M14 for himself.
In Real LifeEdit
The M14 rifle was designed in 1954 as an attempt to give one soldier the capability of performing more than one role on the battlefield using just one weapon, as well as giving him more firepower in a (relatively) compact frame. It became the US service rifle in 1959, but was discontinued from production in 1964, making it the shortest lived service rifle in US history, replaced by the infamous M16.
The M14, its variants, and licensed copies appear in a plethora of countries.
The main user of the M14 rifle and its variants now are the United States, particularly the Navy. The M14 DMR is a popular marskman weapon.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines uses the M14 as a squad battle rifle along with the authors hated EBR(lol), Philippine government issues M14 rifles, as well as M1 carbines, M1 rifles and M16 rifles, to their civilian defense forces and to various cadet corps in their service academies
Without optics, the M14 rifle is effective on ranges up to around 500 yards (460 m). It uses the 7.62x51 cartridge, which makes the weapon difficult to control when using full automatic fire. The M14A1 is an improvized pistolgrip wooden stock that is used by specal forces in Vietnam as a Squad automatic weapon that is BAR level.
The maintenance and stripping the weapon isn't problematic, even for the unexperienced operators.
In America? Expensive. A civilian M14(M1A) manufactured by Springfield Armory costs about $1500 US.
If you live in Frosty Moe Land (Canada) or Middle Earth (New Zealand) however, you can get a Norinco M14(M305) at the same (or more depending on who you ask) quality for about $500 CAD/$550 NZD.
Why? A while ago SA realized that Norinco M305s had the more desirable forged receivers over the cast recievers that SA M1As had, not to mention that they were only a third of the price. So after this, SA got the US government to ban Norinco imports to protect their own market.