Just picked up my M14 a few hours ago and have yet to shoot it and also have an M1 30 Carbine and gotta say it loads fast, stays steady on rapid fire and is a well balanced weapon...but obviously it doesn't have that .308 punch...I'd keep one or the other strapped on my back!Whichever "fits" and handles better for the shooter, same way you'd choose between 2 good shotguns. For me it happens to be the U.S. Rifle M1 Cal. .30. Speedy loading with en bloc clips takes time and practice, but the 14's extended magazine has no decided advantage semi-only. It can be a nuisance.
Using the above "game rules", the answer is M14.Let's pretend that we have two 308(7.62 NATO) battle rifles (no optics). One M1 Garand and one semi-auto M14. Both are built perfectly to spec, and have flawless parts that interface impeccably. But wait, China, North Korea, Iran and Barak Obama have formed an unholy union contrived to replace our American values and way of life with a theocratic socialist totaltarian dictatorship. Fret not my friends, we're prepared. We established a stronghold in the mountains years ago because we forsaw this day. News of the invasion spreads and we are faced with a tough choice. Only being able to take one, do we grab the Garand, or the M14 (this question is to be answered by the main question below)? We will eventually take back our country but until we increase our numbers, our mission objective will be simply to provide security and sustenance. Magazines/clips aren't an issue, nor is ammo. So, with that being the case...
Regarding durability, which rifle would continue functioning longer with regular maintenance but no spare parts?
Remeber, these rifles are "new" at the start of the invasion.
I DID NOT WRITE THIS COMMENT> maybe it was EDITED by adm.If I understood right then to play in your scenerio and as you stated the point is to take our country back. so in order to do that we need to increase our numbers, then i would take someone that has no guns and give him my M1 and i would take my M21 to the hillsGI7
I totally agree and I will go one step further back into time to resurrect the 1903 Springfield. I would put a rifleman who has the skill set and tactical acumen of Sergeant Alvin York, up against the average rifleman with his choice of modern hardware. The bottom line, it's not the rifle it's the rifleman.I would rather go against a squad of "amatuers" with the M14 than a single rifleman with an M1.
Old warhorse yes, outdated not by a long shot.
I would still opt for the M1A though for this scenario...GITEN
I went back and read my post I see your question, I corrected the text to make it proper.????
bille?I would not bother to own either one, due to problems with concealment, ammo replacement, handiness with a sound suppressor, weigh, bulk, etc, much less consider it the "ultimate".