M14 rifle

7.62 mm automatic rifle

The M14 rifle is an American 7.62×51mm NATO battle rifle. It was used by the United States Military in 1959 during the Vietnam War.[1] The M14 production began in 1959 and ended in 1964. The M14 can be used as a battle rifle, marksman rifle and a sniper rifle in later usage of the rifle. The M14 was based on the M1 Garand and is esentially a modernized variant of it, In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the M14 was replaced by the M16A1 by the United States Army in Vietnam.[2]

The M14 battle rifle
The United States Army using M14 rifles in Tet Offensive

The rifle returned to active service with the US Army as the M14 EBR in 2002, where it has remained in service to this day as a dedicated marksman rifle with updates and changes to its design, including an adjustable and collapsible stock, adjustable sights rails and a bipod.

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  1. Department of Defense (1972). TM 9-1005-223-10 Operator's Manual for Rifle, 7.62mm, M14, W/E and M14A1, W/E. Washington, DC. ISBN 9781981284078.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  2. Fallows, James (1981-06-01). "M-16: A Bureaucratic Horror Story". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2021-08-13.