The only M-14s still in the Army inventory are probably those in museums and with units like the Old Guard which uses them for ceremonial purposes. Most of the M-14s were probably destroyed after they were fully replaced by the M-16. Most likely new production line would need to be created to begin manufacturing them again..
Actually, Springfield Arms still makes semi-auto versions, the M-1A. I just bought one for my son. And there are still M-14’s in inventory in some obscure warehouse somewhere, I’m sure.
M14 production tooling was sold in 1967 to the Republic of China (Taiwan), who in 1968 began producing their Type 57 Rifle. The State Arsenal of the Republic of China produced over 1 million of these rifles from 1969 to the present under model numbers of M305 and M14S.
like china would sell ‘em back to us...
This is very old info, about 20 years, but I taught with a guy who’d served two hitches as an Lt in 2nd Rangers. He’d regale me with stories about where he’d been and what he’d done. I asked him once about the M14. He loved the weapon and told me that they were being reserved for future use where their positive attributes, long range and that Garand action that fires in peanut butter, would be useful. He specifically mentioned desert and mountain environments. That was 20+ yrs ago so who knows now.
I read during the Klinton Admin that he gave 54,000 M-14s to the Balkans. Just what we need to face.
I just saw a picture of the “new” M-14 in full tactical dress that is being issued to SOPs in Afghanistan. There is also a new version of the classic FN-FAL battle rifle in 7.62 NATO that is being built for that theatre by FN. You can buy a good bolt action, 1000+ yard sniper rifle in the .338 Lapua for under $1500 so where is the $4000 figure coming from?
I thought Springfield Armory still produced new M-14s for the DoD?
It appears that the Army still has an adequate supply of M14 rifles.They have been accurizing them at a frantic rate and shipping them out to the troops.
We used M-14s as sniper rifles over in Iraq.
I remember handling one of them,I would take them over the M-16.The M-4 has at least some use because of its much shorter barrel.
Start now. Give ‘em M1As in the meantime.
There’s actually still production of them, but re-branded as the M21 and the M25 with some modernizations.
Many M-14s were destroyed, but many are also in use by "designated marksmen" at the squad level. The Navy also has a bunch for shipboard use. (including as line throwers, but not just such "beneign" uses).
Some use the M-21, which is an upgraded M-14, semi-auto only
The Navy/Marines now have some Mark 11 Model 0 :
Meanwhile the Army has some M110 rifles:
The latter two are versions of the Knights Armament SR-25 in 7.62x51. Which in turn is derived from the Armalight AR-10, also in 7.62x51, which was basis for the AR-15/M-16 line.