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Old 02-06-2009, 09:43   #1
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Polytech M14??

This is my first post on list. For years I have been an SKS shooter, but now I want something better.

I was one of the last to use the M14 in Army Basic Training, just before the Army changed its inventory to the M16. I remember the M14 well and have decided I want one. I remember my M14 in Basic Training was very accurate. From what I have learned, the civilian version of an M14 is a M1A and most are made by Springfield Armory.

Today I saw a Polytech M14 for sale. It is considerably less than a Springfield Armory M1A Standard. What is this rifle and is it any good?

I am not looking for a collector rifle, but I do want one that shoots well and is accurate so I can enjoy it at the range.

Any advice will be appreciated!
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Originally Posted by starman77 View Post

Today I saw a Polytech M14 for sale. It is considerably less than a Springfield Armory M1A Standard. What is this rifle and is it any good?

I am not looking for a collector rifle, but I do want one that shoots well and is accurate so I can enjoy it at the range.

Any advice will be appreciated!
Poly Tech M14s are my favorites



The Chinese M14s are a better value than the Springfield not just because it has a
forged receiver that is closer to USGI than all others except SEI. No, it's because it
also has a chrome lined barrel that's as good as USGI and a forged one piece op rod
that's as good as USGI TRW. The ChiCom is a better value because both it's trigger group
and gas cylinder are extremely well made and the trigger group responds to NM tuning
just like a USGI trigger group would. If you can't resist replacing your original Chinese parts
with USGI and/or SEI parts, have at it - they are compatible replacement parts.

IMHO, one should replace the muzzle device and front sight with something made in the USA.
You will continue to use the metric castle nut and gas lock that came with the rifle. This may change.
You should also consider replacing the op rod spring. If you or when you replace the Chu wood
stock with a US made stock you should replace the connector link pin with a USGI or SEI link pin.

USGI bolt conversion:
Required or not - It can be done without replacing the original barrel.
Check the head space with NATO gauges and use your best judgment.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:48   #3
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Thanks for such a speedy reply.

It sounds like a Polytech will be just what I am looking for, after I change out a few parts. I am not sure I fully understand all that you said, but I can learn quickly!! If I do all of the changes, as you suggest, can I do all of the work myself or do I need a gunsmith? Also, about what will it cost to replace the parts suggested?

The rife I saw was $980 and looked to be in reasonably good condition. I certainly have more time than I have money, and the price is a lot better than a new Springfield M1A Standard. I enjoy my hobby!!
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I am also considering a Polytech M14. The one I found is $850 OTD
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Originally Posted by BlenderWizard View Post
I am also considering a Polytech M14. The one I found is $850 OTD
Jump on it!
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Old 06-20-2009, 08:17   #6
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alot of guys on this board will talk crap on the polytechs just so you know. Honestly I think they are idiots who have never had any experience with them..... every polytech ive had experience with was nothing but good. get it it will be everything you want.
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