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I had an opportunity to buy a M14 about two years ago. I did not have enough money at that time. I still grieve about it.
 

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Hello!

The M14, as far I know, was originally selective fire weapon but was difficult to control in the full-auto mode.

The U.S. Army later installed the round knob instead of the winged selector thus making the rifle semi-auto only.

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Mestari
 

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Hello!

The M14, as far I know, was originally selective fire weapon but was difficult to control in the full-auto mode.

The U.S. Army later installed the round knob instead of the winged selector thus making the rifle semi-auto only.

Regards,

Mestari
Actually, it was never the Army's intent to have all M14s issued selective-fire enabled. The squad's autoriflemen were to have M14s with the selector switch installed, with all the rest of the required switches and associated hardware held in the unit arms room, for installaltion if deemed necessary by command. There was considerable discussion of this both during ROTC training and then when i was going through the Ordnance Officer Basic Course. With proper trigger control the M14 is not as uncontrollable as most think (this was demonstrated to us at Fort Sill), but long bursts are NOTsomething most folks (not sure anybody can, in fact) can manage with any degree of control at all (easier with the rarely encountered E2 variant, with bipod and straight stock, as long as you are firing ot prone).
 

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In BRMC-Basic Rifle Marksmanship Course-in BCT at Fort Dix in 1967 an instructor would fire an M-14 in full auto-plenty of tracers to show it was for real-from his crotch and off his chin to show there was no "recoil".
 
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