WETTI M14 Gas Blowback in the works? [rumour control]
I was browsing the gasgun.info forums and user Fandango831 mentioned that he contacted WE about a week ago looking for information regarding a M14 and they stated that they are in the process of developing a M14 GBB for release in 2009 or 2010.
No info on the configuration whether it’s ‘plain jane’, Match, EBR or SOCOM but I’m hoping they get creative with maybe a DMR or Mk14 Mod 0. I’m guessing that if this product eventuates, it will be popular being, as far as I’m aware, the first gas blowback M14 in production. WETTI continues to lead the charge on top quality GBB rifles.
[Real Steel Factoid]
The M14 rifle, formally the United States Rifle, Caliber 7.62 mm, M14, is an American selective fire automatic rifle firing 7.62x51mm NATO ammunition. Although largely superseded in military use in the late 1960s by the M16 rifle, it remains in limited front line service with the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force, and remains in use as a ceremonial weapon. The M14 also provides the basis for the M21 and M25 sniper rifles. It was the last so-called "battle rifle" (a term applied to weapons firing full-power rifle ammunition) issued in quantity to U.S. troops.
The M14 was developed as a means of taking the place of four different weapons systems — the M1 Garand, the M1 Carbine, the M3 "Grease Gun" and the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR). It was thought that in this manner the M14 could simplify the logistical requirements of the troops if it took the place of four weapons. It proved to be an impossible task to replace all four, and the weapon was even deemed "completely inferior" to the World War II M1 Garand in a September 1962 report by the comptroller of the Department of Defense. The cartridge was too powerful for the submachine gun role and the weapon was simply too light to serve as a light machine gun replacement for the BAR. (The M60 machine gun better served this specific task.)