If only there was a video documenting how to properly build a M14/M1A barrelled action with the required tooling and techniques...
How times have changed.Buy a complete AR upper.
Buy a complete AR lower.
Put them together and boom Shaka laka. Go shoot and gave some fun. Don’t take on an M1a for your first. Too many special tools you won’t use again unless you intend on building more if the first goes well. Then there is the inexperience factor that could lead to undesired consequences.
An M14 was the first rifle I ever "built" because it offered the lowest investment in tools and parts . . .
I guess you can build one using only a big crescent wrench and scotch tape on a loose round.......That is an interesting statement. What tools and gages did you use?
I started inventorying for insurance one time, I stopped at a point because it would have been to price prohibitive to insure and I was way north of your number. Tools ain't cheapI 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’m going to take a swag that most people, the average Joe 6 pack, don’t have a lathe sitting around the house. Just curious tho, how does one “add material” with a lathe. That’s a new one on me.If anyone is wanting to build an M14 from scratch - you will need some essentials. A lathe, set of headspace gauges, clamping tools, torquing tools, knurling tools..the rest are just the usual parts.
You estimate the headspace as described in the Kuhn ...book. if it is lacking ...or too much you most def need a lathe to take off or add material but swagging. Other than timing the barrel for the proper torque draw...there is nothing else. If you time the barrel and receiver to the specs....the receiver and bolt will pass any damn tilt test. The fine-tune comes when there is some kind of discrepancy of the test. then you need to tweak.
I am sorry but there is not a whole lot of tech stuff into these rifles - a moron can put this together and shoot fine. With the AR platform, you can even be dumber and put one together.
This rant may anger a lot or few...but that is my opinion. Take care.
Thank you!, I learned something new today.You swage... basically push or squeeze the material. say you over-cut...and need material... well...you squeeze the barrel by rolls and turn the barrel until your material has pushed passed where you overcut. Is this clear?