i've concluded that while the m14 platform is a wonderful thing, at 14 lbs loaded with scope, it's awkward to handle. i've come to suspect that shortening it would help, hence the socom models, and by moving the CG back toward the shooter's body, make what's there more easily manageable. bullpup stocks are available, but for about what i have in the rifle, and yield no weight savings.
but i'm handy with a saw, and dinged-up GI stocks with metal go for $40 or thereabouts. obviously the trigger would have to move forward, probably with a pistol grip. the scope mount would have to move forward, but they sell scout scope rails. there's still a problem with linkages and access to controls, mag release, safety, and the iron sights might just become irrelevant, probably needs a thumbhole. but i decided to rough out a pic to share, see what y'all think. yes, i know, crude, very crude, still not too bad for a first try.
sacrilege, or the future of small arms? both?
Last edited by lurker on Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:58 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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