Originally retired from military service in the early 1960s, the…

Originally retired from military service in the early 1960s, the M14 has found a new mission in Iraq and Afghanistan. Outfitted with the new Archangel M1A stock, this 7.62mm beast is accurate and can easily serve as a Designated Marksman.

Repurposing is the politically correct term for recycling these days. When I was a kid, recycling meant cutting the bottom half off of a milk carton and using it to hold nails in the workshop. Nowadays, we seem to recycle everything that doesn’t scamper off when we reach for it. In these times of economic uncertainties and tight law enforcement budgets, this can apply to tactical firearms as well.

The M14 was the right rifle at the wrong time. The original design parameters issued in the 1950s mandated a lightweight infantry weapon to replace the M1 Garand, the M1 Carbine, the BAR, and all issued sniper rifles, as well as the M1 Thompson and M3-series submachine guns. Over the course of its government production cycle, four different companies produced roughly 1.5 million copies of the rifle. The last military M14 rolled off the production line in 1964.


Practical utility eventually exposed the M14 rifle for what it was—a bit too heavy to be an assault rifle and a bit too light to be a support weapon—and the M16 replaced it in military service in fairly short order. However, in certain operational areas where engagement distances might exceed the innate capabilities that the laws of physics dictate might be wrung from the 5.56mm cartridge, tactical operators these days are clamoring for something with a little more reach. So, some smart person in uniform dragged an M14 out of storage, wiped off the dust, and tossed it back into the fray. Finally, almost 50 years after the last rifle was built, we found the fight this gun was born to win.

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  • Looks like a special weapon for me.

  • John Handcock

    Just purchased this stock this afternoon and like the other guy said it says drop in like its going to be easy… I didn’t use a vise but I put the upper portion in the stock and forced it to go into the reciever once i had it aligned but that still left an 1/8 in. gap at the reciever line, so i rolled up a pair of pants and put them on my kitchen wood floor and put the back end of the upper receiver on the pants with the gun upside down and put my knee into the buttstock to eliminate the gap then I tried to put the trigger assmbly in but it too was very tight so once i got it lined up I used the back of a small philips screw driver and a tapping hammer and tapped forward two sides then rear once: repeat. Kept doing that until it was fully seated but then the Trigger guard didn’t want to close so used a rubber mallet and kept tapping harder and harder until it closed past the trigger then it didn’t want to lock into its hole so i took the philips screwdriver and with my left hand pulled it backwards to align it and continued tapping with mallet until it finally lock in. Now I don’t think i can remove without tools but I feel i won’t ever need to remove it. Oh and at first when I finished I tried to put it on safe and it wouldn’t go but I charged it then fired it and charged it again and then the safty worked fine so now Its good. A heck of an experience but like ol boy said it was well worth it and I’m glad its super tight

  • Great stock for the money. It is one third the price of the Sage stock. The instructions indicated it is a drop in fit. On mine, I hand to use a vice to get the rifle fully seated in the stock. Getting the trigger group in was a bit of a challenge. That said, the effort was worth it. I had to re-zero in the scope and iron sights, which is to be expected. After I got the sights dialed in and using a rest, I was able to keep the bullets in the 9 and 10 ring using the iron sights and in the 10X ring at one hundred yards. It was great seeing the hole in the 10X ring after each shot. the stock reduces the felt recoil and I did not have a sore shoulder after firing over 100 rounds. I would recommend this stock to anyone that owns an M1A.