M14 rifle

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

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 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.