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I have a list of receiver manufacturers that I obtained from a previous post started by Al Luppino. Thank you to everyone that posted information in that thread.

http://m14tfl.com/upload/showthread.php?t=88719&highlight=receivers

My question is how many of the manufacturers made their own parts or did they use surplus USGI parts?

7.62 Firearms - mix of their own and USGI
A.R. Sales Co.
Armscorp
Enterprise Arms
Federal Ordinance
Fulton Armory
H&R Gun Co. (Holland, OH)
Harrington and Richardson - USGI
Hesse, Ltd (St. Paul, MN)
LRB
Maunz Match Rifle
MWG (Barberton, OH)
Norinco
PolyTech
Smith Enterprise (AZ)
Smith Ltd. (Holland, OH)
Springfield Armory - USGI
Springfield M1A
TRW - USGI
Winchester - USGI

I appreciate your input.
 

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You might want to add James River Armory. He is making fine rifles with LRB and 7.62 receivers and GI parts. Good looking rifles.
 

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I believe only SA Inc. makes their own parts, or has them made for them. Others have used USGI parts or Chicom parts. Only recently have we seen new US manufactured major parts like bolts, op rods, gas cylinders, being made.
 

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So would this be an accurate list of mfgs and parts an M14 owner may see? (not including receivers)

7.62 Firearms
Fulton Armory
Harrington and Richardson - USGI
LRB
Norinco
Smith Enterprise (AZ)
Springfield Armory - USGI
Springfield M1A
TRW - USGI
Winchester - USGI
Badger Ordinance
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Harrington & Richardson Arms Co., Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation (Winchester), Springfield Armory (Springfield, MA) and TRW made M14 rifles in the 1960s for the U. S. government. State Arsenal 356, Kunming, Yunnan, People's Republic of China has manufactured M14 rifles. Some of these rifles were manufactured in the 1960s. Others were manufactured subsequent to 1986 for export and labeled Norinco or Poly Technologies. The government of Taiwan manufactured its copy of the M14, Type 57, from 1969 until at least 1980. Some, if not all, Type 57 rifles were made at the 60th Arsenal in Kaoshiung, Taiwan.

For the commerical M14,from M14 Rifle History and Development Fifth Edition Volumes 2 and 4:

"A batch of investment cast AISI 8620 alloy steel semi-automatic receivers were made between 1972 and 1975. Some of these receivers were not completely machined or heat treated. These receivers were marked as follows on the receiver heel M W G ASSAULT-1 BARBERTON OH. The serial number is located on the left side of the receiver at the rear or on the right side on the vertical surface of the operating rod rail. The letters M W G were cast into the receiver on the flat surface just behind the rear sight. The highest observed serial number for the M W G receivers is 000389. If a M14 type receiver has not been heat treated, it should not be used to build a rifle."

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"Note that some manufacturers (Armscorp of America, Maunz Match Rifle, Smith Enterprise, Inc., and Springfield Armory, Inc.) have issued custom serial numbers to receivers. Custom serial numbers are not accounted for in this table.

Table 17: Production of Commercial M14 Rifles

U. S. Company Name on the Finished Receiver Receiver Model Marking Highest Known Serial Number and Comments

7.62mm Firearms (Medina, OH) M14 NM 51004 ( cast receivers start at 51000) 52107 (forged receivers start at 52000)

A. R. Sales Co. (South El Monte, CA) Mark IV 225 receivers (200 in the serial number range 1 to 225 and 25 in the range 226 to 250)

Armscorp of America, Inc., Armscorp USA, Inc. JRM / Armscorp (Silver Spring and Baltimore, MD) M14, M14 NM, M21, T44, XM25 17677 (some serial numbers preceded by A) + 20 (S prefix serial number) + 13 (WTA prefix and four digit serial number) + 111 receivers (TFL prefix followed by serial number 001 to 081 + 30 receivers between 083 and 250) + 1 (T44 model)

Entreprise Arms, Inc. (Irwindale, CA) M14A2 1119 (serial numbers preceded by E, EA or ABNI)

Federal Ordnance, Inc. (South El Monte, CA) CSA14, M14, M14A, M14SA, 60308 + 1301 (C series prefix serial numbers made for Century Arms International) + 500 (VCE / VME series)

Fulton Armory (Savage, MD) M14, M14 NM, M21, XM25 702 (FA00000 series) + 50 (WR000 series) + 1321 (F00000 series)
Hesse, Ltd. (St. Paul, MN) M14H 365

H&R Gun Co. (Smith Manufacturing Co.) (Holland, OH) Semi-Auto 7.62MM-M14 1128

James River Armory (Halethorpe, MD) M14 NM 1002 (cast receivers begin at 1000) + 0040 (forged receivers begin at 0001)

LRB Arms (LRB of Long Island, Inc.) (Bellerose and Floral Park, NY) M14SA, M25 71 receivers (M14SA serial numbers less than 01201) + 2907 (M14SA serial numbers 01201 and higher) + 10523 (M25 serial numbers 10001 and higher) + 99 (TFL series)

Maunz Match Rifle (Smith Manufacturing Co.) (Holland, OH) MODEL 77, MODEL 87 5040 (MODEL 77 serial numbers are four digits) + 3030 (MODEL 87 serial numbers) + 50 (ASU serial numbers are five digits starting at 00010)

Maunz Manufacturing, Inc. (Toledo, OH) U. S. RIFLE 1011 (four digit serial numbers) + 10 (EX series have one or two digit serial numbers)

National Ordnance, Inc. (South El Monte, CA) ? 2

Sarco, Inc. (Stirling, NJ) M21 2

Smith Enterprise, Inc. (Mesa and Tempe, AZ) M-14, M-14 NM, M-21 more than 176 (select fire pre-’86 FA series) + 2603 (pre-’94 ban) + 80 to 85 (post-’94 ban serial numbers starting at 5000) + 1 (M-21) + 1 (M25) + 0010 (starting 2010)

Smith Ltd. (Smith Manufacturing Co.) (Holland, OH) M-14 280 (serial numbers are four digits) + 5 (EX series have one digit serial numbers)

Springfield Armory, Inc. (San Antonio and Devine, TX) (Geneseo, IL) M1A, M1-A, M-1A, M15 263654 (six digit serial numbers) + 100 (Even Hundred series) + 15 (Even Thousand series) + 278 (SM series) + 227 (IDF series) + 556 (WF series) + 500 (VME series) + 68 (X series) + 1 (M15) + 500 (Camp Perry series) + 1500 AR series + 1500 MC series
 
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