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In the Aug1975 issue of the “American Rifleman” there is (in answer to a question) some information about National Match barrels for the M1 and M14. In his answer R.N.S. gives a drawing numbers for two M14 NM barrels one of which is the std. wt. NM 7791362, the other he describes as CHROME PLATED and gives a drawing number of 7791179. I have never seen or heard of a chrome plated NM barrel, was there in fact a drawing for such a barrel?, were any ever made???
I have looked thru my references “SA-SIP-7790476, Rifle. 7.62mm:M14, National Match”, Jan 1966,,,”MIL-R-45979, Military Specs. Rifle,7.62mm:M14, National Match”,
Sept 1976, Supply Catalog, SC 1005/35-IL-1, Aug 1975 and the TM 9-1005 223 12P manual for the M14 National Match, Feb 1968. And could find no reference to this drw# or to a chrome plated NM barrel. I do not have a copy of the April 1963 12P NM manual, so it might be in there.
Do you know any thing about this M14 Chrome Plated NM barrel??
Thank you
Larry
 

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I have heard and read about these claims, but nobody I have spoken to has ever seen one or knows of any documentation. The drawing I have not seen, but I have seen 7791362.

My guess: maybe they tried a very small run and found it not to work. I doubt any ever got used in NM rifle production. Chrome plating, as you know, was never uniform, and all production barrels were unchromed.
 
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