Well of the three M1As that I own, the short SOCOM is the lightest, easiest to handle, and fastest to get on target compared to my full length M1As. It's a good minute of man (deer, elk, bear, etc.) shooter out to 200 yards. Beyond 200 yards I'd rather use my standard version M1A or my Springfield Victor in .308.Hmmm. Wonder what a “Navy Seal M1A” will do that my standard Vietnam configuration M14 won’t…..😜
'Soldier of Fortune" Magazine had an article on an "improved" M-14 which had a modified E2 stock and different front end, published back in the '80's.Not sure if it’s been posted before but this is a screenshot of an M1A from the Tactical Hyve's video entitled ‘Rifle round up with Navy Seal Mark “Coch” Cochiolo’. Can’t explain why but I really dig this one-off rifle.
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Seems to be a commercial M1a scout rifle with a McMillan USMC DMR M2A stock that has been shorted and cheek rest ditched. A piece of picatinny rail on the bottom of the fore-end. A Leapers UTG looking tri-rail handguard. Also, what looks like a XM177E2 moderator, but I could be wrong. With the classic early 2000’s rattle can paint job. So cool.
Why would one consider using an M14 rifle (or carbine variant) for home defense? I mean I guess that would really, really cause you to weigh the necessity of actually shooting at someone, considering that you would be deafened when (if) you do. Post event, you could practice ready "what, huh?" drills...If one is considering using an M14 type rifle in a CQB environment (to include home defense), a short barrel is very useful. As RAMMAC stated, short barreled M1A’s (Scout’s or SOCOM 16’s) are much better than standard rifles for getting on target quickly. I firmly believe that practicing ready up drills are very beneficial and if you try these drills with a short barreled M1A vs a standard M1A, the difference is readily perceivable.
In urban or suburban areas, an M4 carbine is often the best choice but in rural areas or during civil disturbances, an M1A actually might be desirable. I also recognize that many folks don’t have much choice when it comes to firearms to employ when things go sour. For those folks they must use what they have on hand and that might be an M1A. I have often said that if I only had one long gun, it would be an M1A.Why would one consider using an M14 rifle (or carbine variant) for home defense? I mean I guess that would really, really cause you to weigh the necessity of actually shooting at someone, considering that you would be deafened when (if) you do. Post event, you could practice ready "what, huh?" drills...