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This is a Springfield Armory M14M...a training rifle produced in 1963. Only 1000 were ever produced.
Here is the body of the authentication letter written by Mr. Richard Colton, Curator of the Springfield Museum:
FROM: Richard_Colton@nps.gov Richard_Colton@nps.gov DATE: Wednesday, August 07, 2002 11:03 AM TO: Phil Knowles firstname.lastname@example.org SUBJECT: M14M Query Response 8/7/02
Dear Mr. Phil Knowles, This letter is in reference to your recent query regarding information on your M14M, serial number 3063xx. The M14M (Modified Service) was introduced in 1963 to familiarize students with the basic rudiments of the M14 rifle. This service rifle was modified by welding the selector shaft lock, the selector shaft lock retaining pin, the selector shaft, the receiver and the sear release to eliminate the automatic firing capability. The M14 "M" Rifle was intended for club issue and DCM civilian sales. The National Match version was intended to be issued to accredited state associations and DCM sales at a later date. As you likely know, this never occurred. Your M14M is one of about a thousand M14's that were so modified. Originally, your M14M was manufactured by Springfield Armory as an M14 during Springfield Armory's Third Contract order, for 70,500 rifles, dated March 1961. This contract is bounded by M14 serial numbers 277714 to 353471 issued to Springfield Armory. The Firing mechanism housing assembly drawing number, SA D7267041 8, indicates Springfield Armory Drawing#7267041 with a heat lot of code 8. This is typical of our production of this time. The barrel drawing number, P SA D7791362 1 63, indicates a Proof marked Springfield Armory Drawing number 7791362 with production date of 1/1963 [January 1963]. Similarly, the receiver numbers appear typical of M14 production of the period. It conforms in all respects to those described by R. Blake Stevens on pages 261 through 267 in the book cited below. The USN PROPERTY tag & barcode are, as you know, an artifact of recent US NAVY ownership. The US NAVY has informed you and us that this weapon is legitimately and officially released from their inventory. Sincerely, Richard T. Colton Historian / Curator Springfield Museum
Detailed Pictures available upon request. Please contact Pknowles17@comcast.net for pics and detailed info...or by telephone at 423-842-8389 or 423-309-1751