I was being facetious of course. I started out building M14's with very little to work with. At first I had to have the barrels installed by someone who knew more about it than I did, but it was a learning experience and I did learn over time. I also collected a fine bunch of tools and gages. Over the 45 years I've been doing this I'm sure I have spent at least $50,000 just on the T&G stuff dedicated to the M1, M14, Carbine, and AR15. I may have twice that in parts. It's not something most can put together in one short period. As I get closer to full retirement, I'm wondering who might be able to do that. I have a good source.
I haven't read all the posts on this, but after over 40 years of working on the M14 I would strongly suggest that anyone contemplating assembling an M14 or M1 rifle would be well off to have a qualified armorer or gun smith do the barrel installation and head space set up. Most of the rest is pretty basic.
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