Originally Posted by starman77
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.