Lot 23 (Garden and Natural History Live Auction, 1st October 2019)
Collectibles: A huge M14 training rifle
American, mid 20th century
44cm high by 220cm wide by 30cm deep
Of enormous proportions, these rifles were made as “training guns” for troops. Rather than showing individuals how the rifle worked they were able to demonstrate the mechanism (assembling, disassembling, cleaning, firing, etc) of the rifle to entire halls of troops, hence the cutaway sections which show the recoil system, the bolt and the cartridge chamber.
This particular rifle is a US M14 .30 Calibre Rifle introduced in the 1950’s for the US army. It became the standard-issued rifle for the U.S. military in 1959 replacing the M1 Garand rifle in the U.S. Army by 1961 and the U.S. Marine Corps by 1965 until being replaced by the M16 rifle beginning in 1964. The M14 was used by U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps for basic and advanced individual training (AIT) from the mid-1960’s to the early 1970’s. This demonstrator measures a massive 220cm in width and has been reconditioned and chromed.