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End of an Era for the Navy

The Navy retires its last M-14s.

4 Responses to “End of an Era for the Navy”

  1. Ahab says:

    They left out the Coast Guard – when I was in we maintained a small number of M14’s for the Academy Rifle team, as well as some ships still carried them in armory for boarding uses.

    The problem with an M14, or M16 for that matter during a boarding action is that the rounds have a tendency to ricochet. Actually, so did FMJ pistol rounds. The best round was a 12 gauge with 00 buck.

  2. Sebastian says:

    It looks like they still plan to keep two of them on every ship. They just will no longer issue them to individual seamen, it looks like.

  3. Ahab says:

    It really is too bad; I was quite fond of my M14. I never did find the recoil to be all that bad. It was certainly less punishing than the 12 gauge.

  4. straightarrow says:

    If they had any conscience at all they would send to me for safekeeping.

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