"Quite simply, the M14 has outdated ergonomics, is poorly designed, and is inaccurate. The rifle can be accurized but will not stay that way unless constant care and maintenance are performed on it." OK FOLKS HERE WE GO.... THE STANDARD NOW IS THE STONER IN 7.62 LETS REVIEW: The statement. Ergonomics .... thats a matter of O-pine, I find the rifle as easy to shoot as the stoner platform, Design... BOTH WEAPONS ARE OUTSTANDING DESIGN, Impingement gas is dirt, piston systems cleaner, Inaccurate HERES THE RUB FOLKS....LOOK... IVE OWNED MANY M1A'S AND A M 14 SO NO FLAMES... The M14 optics system is its downfall...there are no flat top M14's with rails for easy mount of optics. Iron sights have become Stone age because we are not training out military to a high level of Marksmanship...Its that simple. Ive Gone to the M 110 system for shooting 300 M and greater because of ease of optic selection.