In a youtube short film- clearly done by amateurs, but I had knee surgery and had TONS of time to kill- had an M14, it was set in 2024.
I posted, "The year was 2024, and M14's still kick a##", lol, got some good thumbs up on that one.
I used to be a "prop master" on small production. Most guns are fake, especially since they can now just edit "in post" a shot or sound, etc. To have real guns, you need serious insurance (remember Brandon Lee from The Crow?) And a fire arms specialist on site. Considering that just the lackies, known as PA's (Production Assistant- who gets coffee, food, helps move stuff, etc) is about $250 a day in FL, I was $500 a day as Prop Master, who knows what Ins is and a Fire Arms Specialist is a day. Point is, it is expensive.
As for the M14 being in movies? Its just a lesser known gun, and movies are all about the "idea" of what is happening, hence suppressors being Hollywood Quiet, and cars exploding, or when they show people taking mags out to check the amount of bullets, reinsert and re-rack? But no round flies out of the chamber, lol. Or character had been shooting, gets behind something, gets "ready" breaths deep an racks a round and nothing flies out, as if there wasnt one from previous shooting? It's just to portray a scenario (the character is stressed and in a bad spot) in art form, if you will. Not real life.
Full Metal Jacket had M14's because, well, Stanley Kubrik is The Man!!!! Lol. Plus he was a realist Director and pulled no punches. His other films were A.I. and Clockwork Orange, The Shining, among others, but from that you could see his style was go real (hit home and maybe offend) or go home. Along with sublime messages, like tall buildings burning in the background of Full Metal Jacket, or singing Mickey Mouse Club-meaning pure Americana, etc. But he wanted things to hit home, so he wanted real. Whomever did Black Hawk down was the same way. Counter that with American Sniper-which a chunk was BS, taking from the real cool story, the Producer and Director just wanted Hollywood fluff, loosely based on real stories.
But, it costs money to be real, and when things are real, your average dumb American spectator thinks it's fake, so for saving money and selling tickets, alot of time you wont see real life. It's just how it is. Sad to me, personally. But what can ya do? Watch more documentaries, it's what I do, lol.
I saw the reference to the film A Rumor of War. I remember reading when it was released that they used M1 Garands that were modified and had cut off magazines glued to the bottom of the stocks to look like M14s.
How about "The Siege of Firebase Gloria"? The Siege of Firebase Gloria is the 1989 Australian war film starring Wings Hauser and R. Lee Ermey that was filmed in the Philippines, M14 in that movie right up front.
While not related to military service or law enforcement the M14 type rifle has been used dramatically in entertainment industry television shows and films over the years. The M14 rifle made its entertainment debut on the NBC broadcast television drama series The Lieutenant starring Gary...
Wifey got me binge watching Bosch on Amazon and season 3 snipers rifle looked familiar? M14? These guys are contractors in Middle East.
FYI They were shooting steel silhouette hangers at 1200 yds. Is this reasonable distance for this rifle?
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