I recently acquired an item ,from a friend ,that I'd seen in one of the M14 govt. manuals. It's called a "breech shield " ( or shell deflector ) . It mounts in the cartridge clip charger guide at the rear of the receiver. My friend said it deflects the spent shell, during the ejection cycle, @ the 4:00 position, rather than 2:00, without the deflector attached. My M1A does deflect , 95 % of the time, at 2:00. I tried an unloaded empty in the rifle and pulled back on the op rod and it did eject @ 4:00 and with far less velocity and distance.This doesn't duplicate the force of a "real" ejection cycle but it still ejected at 4:00. when it gets warmer around here, I'll try it out with live ammo. I'd like to hear anyone else's opinions, experiences and knowledge on this subject. I'll use this deflector in the future as I reload ( NM brass )and @ 2:00 it puts them in the grass and I don't want lose NM brass ! Thanks in advance.