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M-14 usgi fiberglass stock

ArtBanks

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This attachment does not address an “issue” date for fiberglass stocks, but it shows testing began as early as 1963. From Blake Stevens volume one “U.S. Rifle M14 from John Garand to the M21”.
Which would indicate that the development had nothing to do with wood stocks warping in Vietnam.
 

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From Lee Emerson's M14 Rifle History and Development:

Now, it may have taken a few years for the fiberglass stocks to find their way into every day life, but according to Lee (Different), they first began issuing new rifles with fiberglass stocks in 1962. He also states that birch stocks were considered the 'standard' wooden stock, with walnut as an alternate.

  • December, 1965 – The final revision drawings for the firing pin and synthetic M14 stock were issued.
  • Springfield Armory experimented with black, brown, gray, olive drab, tan and white colored stocks in the first half of the 1960s during development of the synthetic M14 stock.
  • Beginning in 1962, fiberglass stocks were installed on M14 rifles at the factory.
  • USGI fiberglass stocks were made as late as 1967.
 

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Various fiberglass stocks were experimented with beginning in 1960. Frank Iaminicco's book states that the second/final pattern of fiberglass stock (with checkering) began to be issued to replace broken wood stocks in 1965. Unfortunately, no mention is made if those replacements were only rifles CONUS or if they made their way to Vietnam, etc... I have yet to find any definitive mention or pictures of fiberglass stocks in Vietnam. From that and what little I can find online, it appears that rifles left the factories with wood stocks until the production runs were complete.
 

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Yeah, unfortunately there are a lot of historical holes in the M14s development and changes made during (and after) production. Lee Emerson's book is useful, but it does leave some questions unanswered.
 

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Yeah, unfortunately there are a lot of historical holes in the M14s development and changes made during (and after) production. Lee Emerson's book is useful, but it does leave some questions unanswered.
Same with Last Steel Warrior. It's a must for any M14 enthusiast, but a lot of the information on the M14 is cursory. I'm going to look for Emerson's book.
 

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I put my Chinese M14S in a USGI fiberglass stock. Painted black with a light blue three digit number on the toe, and a small USMC sticker on the rigtht side. A USMC shooting team stock perhaps?
 

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Subject of stocks. I pilfer every "junk box" any LGS or gun show vendor (when I used to still go to gun shows) which is how I got my first FAL kit and have three M1a/M14 stocks from this buying of anything I see that may be of potential use someday. Anyone able to shed any light on what it is, if camo is from a Bubba owner, military armorer or how it was sold.

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Just a USGI wood stock with Bubba's treatment. Probably birch, as that was the standard, but some were walnut. The maker's mark will be underneath the buttplate assembly, around the holes for the maintenance items.
 
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