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I'm sure some of you have seen this thread at other boards, but I think it's important to read and do what we can to help save these rifles from destruction.

Use the link at the end of the thread to read and sign the petition. Also, write your Congressmen and Senators about this issue and let them know how you feel.

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Tarfu

300,000 M-14s destined for trash pile
Petition calls on Congress instead to sell guns to help pay for Iraq war

WorldNetDaily.com

A petition drive is underway to convince lawmakers to "civilianize" hundreds of thousands of M-14 military battle rifles so they can be legally sold by the government to the general public as a way to pay for the Iraq war.

According to the online petition, "there is a strong demand for an M-14 DCM [Director of Civilian Marksmanship] program, which will curb government waste by providing up to $300-600 million [for] deficit reduction."


M-14

"With uncertainty of the price tag of the current war, this will help pay for freedoms we enjoy in this country," says the petition. "With the looming war deficit, our government should not throw away hundreds of millions of dollars by destroying M-14 rifles - some of which are brand new."

The petition, which is being spearheaded by Robert A. Yoder, says as many as 300,000 rifles could wind up in the scrap heap without the government getting any return on its investment.

The DCM program to save the M-14s could work like a similar program involving another venerable military workhorse, the M-1 (Garand) and M-1 carbine series of military rifles.


M1 Garand

The DCM sold those through the Civilian Marksmanship Program, a course that promotes firearms safety training and rifle practice for all qualified U.S. citizens with special emphasis on youth.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program also offers for sale AR-15-type match rifles, M1917 Enfields, M1903 bolt-action rifles (a former U.S. military weapon) and .22-caliber target rifles at subsidized rates.


M1903 bolt-action rifle

"The U.S. Rifle, 7.62 mm, M-14 was the first rifle the U. S. fielded that improved upon the highly regarded U. S. Rifle, Caliber.30, M1 (Garand) and attempted to give U. S. Forces a NATO-standardized weapon," says the online petition. "The M-14 came into active service around 1957 and remained the standard infantry weapon until the official adoption of the M-16 rifle in the late 1960s.

"Like its predecessor, the M-14 is now relegated to ship's arms rooms, ROTC detachments, storage bins in government arsenals and, of late, the demilitarized scrap pile," says the petition.

Click on the link to read and sign the petition. http://www.petitiononline.com/M14CMP03/petition.html
 
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The M14, along with the 1911, are antiquated designs and should be regulated to the scrap heap!

Current Technology, and the wave of the future, will be a combination of Polymer, exotic metals and short powerful cartridges. Glock and S&W are at the forefront of this firearm wise with Winchester and Glock taking the lead on the cartridges.

Imagine a polymer framed, scandium upper Glock pistol in .45 GAP... or a carbine of the same materials chambered in 300WSM.

Yeap, wood and steel is a thing of the past... though some people will resist the change it is inevitable! There is no reason/cause to defy the change... it has already bega.......

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Dad! Time to wake up!
 

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Schmit said:
The M14, along with the 1911, are antiquated designs and should be regulated to the scrap heap!

Current Technology, and the wave of the future, will be a combination of Polymer, exotic metals and short powerful cartridges. Glock and S&W are at the forefront of this firearm wise with Winchester and Glock taking the lead on the cartridges.

Imagine a polymer framed, scandium upper Glock pistol in .45 GAP... or a carbine of the same materials chambered in 300WSM.

Yeap, wood and steel is a thing of the past... though some people will resist the change it is inevitable! There is no reason/cause to defy the change... it has already bega.......

bbbzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Dad! Time to wake up!
Thank God! What an awful nightmare, huh?
I signed the petition already. Saw a link to it on FFF.

My thoughts: they should be issuing these M-14's to our troops in the deserts where I understand that ranges can often exceed 500 yds. The M-4 might be a good urban carbine, but I wouldn't want to trust my life to one in any long-range battle.
Failing that, convert 'em to semi only and sell 'em through the DCM program. It's a horrendous waste of taxpayer dollars to destroy these guns.
 
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