I will agree, the E2 is an acquired taste that took a while to see it’s beauty! The first time I tried bourbon, I thought why, but as I grew into a man my taste matured.I used to agree, but it grew on me. After firing it I really liked how it felt and shot. Granted, I'm shooting from a bench, not in the field.
It is slightly obscure, but in the early-to-mid 1960s the M14 w/ M2 bipod and a selector switch was apparently issued by both the US Army and USMC. Not sure when the USMC stopped issuing them, maybe mid-1960s? Pics from member Reaper6 of his father's 'Guidebook for Marines' circa 1964:All the time I carried the M14, I never seen or knew about a "bipod!" USMC, Vietnam,
US Marine PFC. Jerry D. Goff of St. Louis MO. examines the split barrel of his M-14 rifle that was hit square in the bore by a Viet Cong sniper at My Song, south of Da Nang. April 25, 1965