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ArtBanks
July 29, 2015, 14:42
I am always looking for new receivers for my kitchen top rifle builds. These followed me home from Camp Perry this year.

Very different from what we are used to. Most notable is the absence of a rear sight pocket.

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x413/nf1e/IMG_0131_zpscaum5wmt.jpg (http://s1180.photobucket.com/user/nf1e/media/IMG_0131_zpscaum5wmt.jpg.html)

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Semper Fi
Art

mp
July 29, 2015, 19:43
They look expensive.

ArtBanks
July 30, 2015, 04:54
Jeff Miller of Bula Defense Systems has commented in another forum that they should hit the market for $795. That is not expensive in my book. I kind like the idea of not having to fill the rear sight pocket on a rifle that will be scoped just to make it look right.

Semper Fi
Art

gunplumber
July 30, 2015, 08:07
One of the factors that relegate the M14 to obsolescence is the rudimentary way of mounting ridiculously high optics.

There is only so much one can strap on 60 year old technology before it should just be scrapped and replaced, but this looks like it is a good way to keep a nostalgic tinkerer spending money.

The Israelis had ditched the rear sight long ago, but the bridge is still too high for the stock. While only good for low power "scout" optics or red dots, I still think the barrel mount is better for a fighting rifle. The M14 is just far too temperamental for a "sniper" rifle.

HD-Ghost
July 30, 2015, 09:08
With that set up, one can go with either HP glass or a rear-sitting ACOG. Let us know how the builds go.

ArtBanks
July 30, 2015, 13:05
I think it will be very similar to this James River M21 DMR that I put together awhile back. I enjoyed your post gunplumber. I have been using M14 type rifles for 50 years and never found one " tempermental". If I ever do I will be sure to kick it's arse and take notes.

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x413/nf1e/IMG_0118_zpsq1c55fgt.jpg (http://s1180.photobucket.com/user/nf1e/media/IMG_0118_zpsq1c55fgt.jpg.html)

Semper Fi
Art

2barearms
August 03, 2015, 14:33
EEEEEE gads Art iz that a BRakE on that rifle.

One of my Rifles is set up with a Mk 23 Can by Tim Bixler (SCRC) and it only has iron sights but can hit out to 300 yds with the greatest of ease and is silent as the night is long. The beauty of the M1/M14 IS the Sight System. The long sight radius makes it very effective and accurate at range. Adding optics to them is an arduous task and can't be toggled back and forth with any repeatability. The New Reciever eliminates the irons all together and I'm not sure how that helps the average guy?

ArtBanks
August 03, 2015, 14:55
Yep, that is a JP/Delta brake that was custom ordered through a group buy on another forum a few years ago. Makes the M14 recoil like a mouse gun.
The very cool thing about the scoped rifle in my photo is the rail system molded to the receiver. It is removable with a couple of #8 machine screws. The rail is designed so the iron sights can be used while the scope is mounted.
You are correct in that the new receivers posted without the rear sight pocket are not for everyone. These will be put together with good glass and the barrels that are scheduled to go on are neutered in that they have no threads or splines on the muzzel end. They are crowned and radiused per custom order.

Illurian00
August 03, 2015, 18:05
I would think 'new' M-14 receivers would have rear lugs,,,no ?

Jarhead504
August 03, 2015, 19:50
Brother Art: What does the "7U153" stamped on the heel mean? And where is this Bula Forge? Are they doing the machining too?

Thanks,
Jarhead

ArtBanks
August 04, 2015, 04:44
I would think 'new' M-14 receivers would have rear lugs,,,no ?

If one wants rear lugs they can be had. I have a couple dozen M14 type rifles in my collections and don't care for lugs. None of my rifles are bedded and the only advantage of the lug is to help bedding last a little longer.

ArtBanks
August 04, 2015, 04:47
Brother Art: What does the "7U153" stamped on the heel mean? And where is this Bula Forge? Are they doing the machining too?

Thanks,
Jarhead

That would be the cage code for the military contractor Bula Defense.
They are located in Cleveland Ohio and yes , they do all the work.
They are the outfit the produces receivers for James River Armory.

ArtBanks
August 07, 2015, 09:42
I am in love again.

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x413/nf1e/IMG_0135_zpskzv6sndd.jpg (http://s1180.photobucket.com/user/nf1e/media/IMG_0135_zpskzv6sndd.jpg.html)

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Semper Fi
Art

W.E.G.
August 07, 2015, 10:36
Out of Baltimore?

Somebody get hold of old Armscorp tooling?

http://www.falfiles.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=80117&stc=1&d=1438961928

ArtBanks
August 07, 2015, 10:44
I don't believe so. By the way , they are in the process of moving their operation to North Carolina.

V guy
August 07, 2015, 14:11
Ok, I'll bite. Is that an original WRA receiver, or a new logo option for the JRA?

ArtBanks
August 07, 2015, 15:39
Ok, I'll bite. Is that an original WRA receiver, or a new logo option for the JRA?

It is an original WRA receiver heel welded to a James River M14F by James River.
Pretty novel idea, me thinks.

V guy
August 10, 2015, 10:40
Thats what I thought originally; I can see where they did it. Fascinating option. I can see that they do it behind the receiver bridge, leaving the new one intact for proper timing.

Did they use the WRA number as the official ATF number?

ArtBanks
August 10, 2015, 13:34
Thats what I thought originally; I can see where they did it. Fascinating option. I can see that they do it behind the receiver bridge, leaving the new one intact for proper timing.

Did they use the WRA number as the official ATF number?


Yes.

ArtBanks
September 02, 2015, 13:17
Well, all the pieces stayed together and the rifle shot nicely. This is Bula Defense XM21 receiver ser# 4. #3 will go together this weekend. My younger son that served in the USMC until 1991 has been wanting to see how the old man puts these animals together. He will be down from Maine for a visit and get his chance to throw a finger in the operation.

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x413/nf1e/IMG_0167_zpsh7kcmjdb.jpg (http://s1180.photobucket.com/user/nf1e/media/IMG_0167_zpsh7kcmjdb.jpg.html)

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Semper Fi

ArtBanks
September 05, 2015, 11:32
Had a chance to do a little shooting this morning. XM21 #4 with the 4 power VX-R , not exactly a precision rifle scope, 10 rnds on an SR-1 at 100 yds. I know the groups suck, but it is the best I can do at the moment with the black reticle on a black target. DAG ammo. This rifle is used for steel anyway. No troubles banging the reactive circle on poor old Vlad.

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/x413/nf1e/IMG_0171_zpsxattkvha.jpg (http://s1180.photobucket.com/user/nf1e/media/IMG_0171_zpsxattkvha.jpg.html)

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Semper Fi
Art