| The M14 Rifle is a lightweight replacement for the M1
Garand rifle and the M1918A2 BAR of WWII. The Army selected the M14 rifle in
1957. Production of the M14 rifle was halted in 1964, by which time 1,380,874
had been manufactured. It was the standard service rifle until it was replaced
in the late-1960s by the 5.56mm M16A1 rifle. At one time it was the standard
issued rifle for Marines.
The M14A1 was called the Squad
Automatic Weapon. The M14A1 differed from the M14. It had a pistol grip, a
different flash suppressor, and a light bipod. The M14 rifle is now used
primarily in the Competition in Arms program, for drill, and ceremonial
purposes. The M16 rifle replaced the M14 as the Table of Organization rifle for
the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. The United States Marine Corps (USMC)
Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) uses the new enhanced M14 rifle.