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    I've owned an M-1 Garand since my eighteenth birthday (1954) and the M-1 was my standard weapon for four years in the Marine Corps, so I am completely familiar with that rifle.

    I have never seen an M-14 and I know absolutely nothing about them except that they load with a 20 round box magazine rather than the M-1's 8-round en bloc clip, which is why I would much prefer the M-1 as a combat weapon. The reason being a practiced shooter with an M-1 is capable of indefinite continuous fire until he runs out of clips -- and he can do this with less than a two second pause to load a new clip after eight shots. But what does the M-14 shooter do after his last box magazine is empty?

    Someone in another forum recently argued that the M-14 also accepts the 8-round clip inserted in the same manner as the M-1. But being thoroughly familiar with the M-1's receiver mechanism, unless for some ingeniously clever design that I'm incapable of imagining, I can't think of how that would be possible.

    Am I right or am I wrong? Can the M-14 be loaded with either the 20-round box or the 8-round en bloc clip? If so, would the 8-round clip be loaded from the top, as with the M-1, or from the bottom?
     
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    Well, it doesn't go *PING* to let the other person know you have to reload.
     
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    I don't believe the Government ever released the M-14 into civilian hands and Clinton made a valiant effort to have them all destroyed while he was President.
     
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    The civilian version of the M-14 is the M1A as made by Springfield Armory (not the government arsenal but the company) as well as Fed Ord and a couple of others. No, an 8round en bloc clip will not function in an M1A nor will it work in M-14, whoever told you that is unfamiliar with both weapons it seems.

    The M1A does have a stripper clip guide built into the reciever however so when you run your last magazine dry you would leave it in place and strip rounds in from the ammo can.
     
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    Thank you. That answers my question. I also wasn't aware that there were stripper clips available if the loaded magazines ran out, which would be my main concern about the M-14. That would be better than nothing.
     
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    That's okay with me. I wouldn't want one, anyway. I was just curious to know what that other fellow was talking about.

    It just didn't seem right to me. But I just found out (from Westwall) that he probably was talking about the stripper clips, so there was a misunderstanding.
     
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    Being able to reload in two seconds I could live with the ping.
     
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    Someone told me guys would drop one on the ground to trick the enemy and shoot them when they popped up thinking you had to reload
     
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    How likely do you think it would be to hear a brass casing hitting the ground from 50 meters away....with a lot of shooting going on?
     
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    Also, the ping made by the empty spring steel clip ejecting is very distinctive and cannot be imitated by dropping a brass round, regardless of where and how. It is a very unmistakable sound.
     

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