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Old November 19, 2012, 16:01   #1
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Poly-tech M-14

Whom can provide info on the Poly-tech rifle with the complete flashhider on the barrel? It is welded in place, it has the complete casting, minus the slots are not cut? I know the early imports had the barrels cut at the fh.. I just read here about some side marked and other marks on them.The rifle shoots very well, the stock is not pretty, there is not much wear, to show any usage...
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Old November 19, 2012, 17:33   #2
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Check the headspace - the bolts are soft on a lot of them.
I've never seen one with a welded dummy FH, mine was affixed in normal fashion and replaced by a NOS USGI NM unit back when they were common and inexpensive.

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Old November 19, 2012, 18:39   #3
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I picked up a used Poly M-14S a few years back from a LGS. Mine sounds about like yours... side marked, same ugly wood stock, and fake flash hider. Mine had a really light weld and was very easy to remove. Just backed out the set screw, loosened the castle nut and hit the "flash supressor" with a hammer and wood block...loosen nut and repeat. It did no not take much force at all to break it loose. I have had no headspace issues and the Poly has a forged receiver vs. the cast receivers on my Springfields although there have been no issues with them either.

I hope that you enjoy Poly!

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Old November 20, 2012, 10:11   #4
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I picked up a used Poly M-14S a few years back from a LGS. Mine sounds about like yours... side marked, same ugly wood stock, and fake flash hider. Mine had a really light weld and was very easy to remove. Just backed out the set screw, loosened the castle nut and hit the "flash supressor" with a hammer and wood block...loosen nut and repeat. It did no not take much force at all to break it loose. I have had no headspace issues and the Poly has a forged receiver vs. the cast receivers on my Springfields although there have been no issues with them either.

I hope that you enjoy Poly!

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Thanks, Mine came from a divorce sale. Nearly new with bayonet. I cannot detect any softness. it fires like my old service rifle, a lot like my Fal, except lighter..The wood is butt ugly. Was the Fh threaded the proper direction??That little weld is tempting me, a lot..I guess I should watch for the wheel issue mentioned here.
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Was the Fh threaded the proper direction??
As I recall, you need to re-use your Chinese nut but a USGI flash hider FSB fits right on. I did my Poly but on my Norinco did away with the whole shebang and shortened the barrel and installed a gas-block (I think that is what it is called) front sight from Marstar in Canada.
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Old November 21, 2012, 12:10   #6
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As I recall, you need to re-use your Chinese nut but a USGI flash hider FSB fits right on.
This^^^. Also the set screw that locks the "Castle Nut" is slightly different and VERY soft. I reused mine, but the hex hole(?) wallowed out after the second removal. Just cut a slot for screwdriver w/Dremel cut-off wheel. YMMV
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Old November 19, 2012, 18:25   #7
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Whom can provide info on the Poly-tech rifle with the complete flashhider on the barrel? It is welded in place, it has the complete casting, minus the slots are not cut? I know the early imports had the barrels cut at the fh.. I just read here about some side marked and other marks on them.The rifle shoots very well, the stock is not pretty, there is not much wear, to show any usage...
Where're you from friend originally?

I have never seen a Polytech with a welded, fake flash hider.

As stated before, some had soft bolts that would open the headspace after many firings.

My polytech actually lost the wheel from the bolt during a range outing. I didn't notice until I field stripped it for cleaning. Have to check headspace with gauges periodically to insure it is still safe to fire.
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I have seen the Poly's with the welded ban era FH. They do exist.
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