of Rifles, the Springfield M14
by Jack Corbett
The Springfield M14 can do everything with accuracy from
stopping grizzly bears to holding off a platoon with 20 round clips.
a rifle like this doing in a rural cabin? It has the power you need for
deer, moose, elk, or bear, so long as there is short enough a magazine
in it to conform to the game laws. It also has the power that neutralizes
vehicles with judicious shot placement.
The Springfield M
1A is Massod Ayoob's number one choice for a do everything rifle
when he's out in the wilds removed from civilization where his very survival
might call upon him to hunt big game for food, stop an enraged Grizzly bear
or shoot it out with a gang of thugs. Massad mentions using short clips to "conform
to the game laws". Twenty shot magazines are readily available, which is
just the thing to shoot it out with drug dealers converging on your homestead
in thick bodied semi trucks, or hiding behind trees most of which the M 1 A's
.308 steel jacketed bullet will drill clean through. Which is not surprising
since the M 1 A is Springfield Armory's civilian version of the M14 rifle which
had been the U.S. main battle rifle from the late 1950's through the opening
years of the Vietnam War.
Although obsoleted by the much lighter M16 rifle,
the M14 was so good that it is still being called upon by elite troops whenever
combat at long range is imminent.
An ex cop, Massad Ayoob is one of the most
foremost gun writers in the country. Like, Massad, I had to get my own
Springfield M 1 A, which had been my dream rifle