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Old September 19, 2007, 11:27 AM   #1
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"M14" manufacturers?

Can someone give me a list of all the manufacturers of M14 type rifles. Also which manufacturers should be avioded?

I was in a pawn shop yesterday and was suprised to see one on the rack. I was leaving when I noticed it and did not have time to handle, the price was in the $700 range and it looked like the manufacturers was listed as 3 letters.
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Old September 19, 2007, 11:52 AM   #2
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Springfield Armory (commercial, not the govt armory that closed in the '60s) good reputation
LRB - good reputation
Armscorp - OK reputation
Norinco/Polytech - Good receiver, but the other parts are not to USGI spec
Federal Ordnance - spotty reputation
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Old September 19, 2007, 12:45 PM   #3
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Look here: http://www.imageseek.com/m1a/gallery/civilian ~ 29 pages of civilian M14s
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Old September 19, 2007, 01:00 PM   #4
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Fulton Armory.
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Old September 19, 2007, 02:02 PM   #5
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Not a well-kept secret...

But Fulton Armory's receivers are made by Armscorp in Baltimore.
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Old September 19, 2007, 02:42 PM   #6
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But Fulton Armory's receivers are made by Armscorp in Baltimore.
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That's a fact, Armscorp has also produced other private labeled receivers...

#1 Best receiver if you can find one SEI
#2 Poly Tech / Norinco
#3 LRB (soon to be tied @ #2 with Poly Tech / Norinco)
#4 Springfield Armory
#5 Armscorp
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Old September 19, 2007, 02:53 PM   #7
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I think it said something like I.D.E.? This is what was on the tag, never had a chance to look at the reciever. It was either I.D.E. or I.E.D.
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Old September 19, 2007, 03:56 PM   #8
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IDE is normally found on the side stamped Poly Tech M14.

M-14S .308
IDE USA SFLD MICH.
POLYTECH CHINA


I have 3 of them and they are the best Chinese M14s out of the box.




Buy it now! If you don't, please tell me were it sits so I can buy it.
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Old September 19, 2007, 06:07 PM   #9
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Are the Poly-techs parts interchangeable with USGI?
Are the Chinese barrels and other parts metric threaded?
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Old September 19, 2007, 07:08 PM   #10
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Check out this pair of Poly Tech M14s for some ideas.

The Poly barrels are excellent, chrome lined and they do have metric threads.
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Old September 19, 2007, 07:11 PM   #11
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Polytech as a firearms maker is gone. Norinco is the only Chinese manufacturer now. Not that you can get a new one, Stateside. Importation of them was banned in 1995.
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Old September 20, 2007, 05:39 AM   #12
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A damn shame too considering they sell here for $400 CANADIAN!?!

http://www.marstar.ca/gf-norinco/index-lg-cf.shtm
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