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    Polytech and Norinco "M14"

    I have heard that certain of these Chinese rifles have faulty heat treated Receivers and Bolts and are unsafe to fire. Can anyone tell me if this applies to All of these Rifles or only to one of the two manufacturers, (Polytech or Norinco)? Thanks


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    AFAIK, there is no issue with the receivers. There have been postings about soft bolts, etc. I would do a search for postings on this subject by Gus Fisher and others w/ practical knowledge of the M-14/M-1A. Sincerely. BruceV.

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    IIRC it's mainly an issue with the bolts, the receivers are forged.

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    Fulton Armory Upgrade of Polytech M14/S For Newbies
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    some people say they have a 'stigma' attached to them. (a stigma must be an extra part or something)
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    I have two of them. One is very accurate and the other, not so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goo View Post
    Fulton Armory Upgrade of Polytech M14/S For Newbies
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    some people say they have a 'stigma' attached to them. (a stigma must be an extra part or something)
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    I feel alot of that is crap.
    I very happy with the one I used for a base NM build

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    They're honest value in today's gun trading marketplace. You'll need a USGI bolt if/when you install a USGI barrel.

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    Exclamation

    99% of the bad comments you hear about the chicom M14icon/S rifles is PURE BULL SH--!!! Much of this garbage is dumped on the internet by 2 or 3 people/companies who want to convince you that your rifle isn't safe and you should pay them $700 or some such ridiculous amount to convert it to all GI parts.
    There has NEVER been a report of a major malfunction on these rifle in the 10+ years I've been on the internet. The same cannot be said for ANY of the other brands of the M1A rifles. I have read reports of major problems with everyone of the "American" made rifles!
    I know of several guys that have 10,000 rds thru original, unmodified chicoms.
    One who rents machine guns has a chicom M14 sekect fire rifle with 30,000 rds thru an unmodified rifle.
    Yes the rear sights on some early ones are bad and there were problems with soft bolts on the early rifles. All of those problems were corrected in later imports which were also then made in the US inch pattern so that all but 2 small parts are interchangeable with GI parts. One is the locking collar for the gas cyl, can't remember the other one.
    I am the Happy owner of unmodified chiciom M14/S and an M14 select fire rifles.
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    I shot 3 K of cheap surplus through mine
    Then I had it turned up
    USGI Bolt/trigger group/Flash hider/rear sight
    All the above very reasonable for the CMPicon about 150 bucks
    Douglas barrel
    Freds stock
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    Below is me playing @ 600 with no pits
    It will do better


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    chicoms are probably harder to resell than american ones.

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