The M14 is still bad, yes even if you like it or carried it.

We’ve thrown shade at the M14 before.

And we will do it again.

But joining us in our noble quest is the one and only Ian from Forgotten Weapons to read unto you the gospel of why you should temper your enthusiasm for the M14.

It was a bad rifle surrounded by better ones. If Armalite’s C-Suite had listened to their engineers instead or knew the properties of aluminum and why it doesn’t make good gun barrels, we would likely have had ARs much sooner. If the US had honored its promise after shoving 7.62 down NATO’s collective standardization hole, we’d have also carried FALs. But none of that worked out. Instead, we got the service rifle, briefly, that was stuck decades in the past. All while everyone else enjoyed the modern conveniences of pistol grips and thumb selectors.

Anyway, enjoy the videos. No, I don’t care if you own an M1A or carried an M14, and like them, that’s fine. It is perfectly fine to like something while also acknowledging it is objectively bad. The best I can say about the M14 is that it was the worst of the best.

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.