The M14 rifles have long been used for the DMR or Designated Marksmen Rifle in the real world and the same for the Airsoft world. Most Airsoft fields and events now allow the M14 series to have a higher FPS to truly match the power they have on the field and this allows for the DMR teams and even the sniper roles to happen and work on the Airsoft field.
There was first the full sized M14 with the faux wooden stock which is great for the field use with its very long inner barrel of 509mm and the full stock to house a large battery pack this made for a perfect DMR platform. The times have changed and instead of the open woods the engagement is now in the city and there is where the SOC16 comes into use.
The SOC16 uses a black polymer textured frame and a shorter barrel of only 455mm accompanied by a forward optic mount the user is able to shoot while on the move if needed. By doing this the user still has the firepower and range needed if upgraded but less rifle to get caught on objects while on the go.
All three of the M14 rifles will come with the traditional rear sights that are fully adjustable for windage and elevation. It is always needed to have your rifle correctly sighted in and this allows you to do that.
The M14 rifle has become the work horse for the Airsoft teams and their DMR and it needed an upgraded look and feel to better suit the role on the field. This is where the M14 Combat Master enters the scene. The M14 Combat Master is like the SOC16 but with a modernized body. A full rail system on the front will allow for a bipod, laser and any other accesories that are needed. The long top rail and stripper clip section allow for the mounting of just about any scope or reflex optic. The M14 Combat Master is a tad more heavy than the older brothers and the front and rear sling loops are welcomed on the M14 Combat Master. The stock is no longer a traditional M14 or rifle stock but a M4 crane stock with a pistol grip to allow the user to be more at home with this rifle.
All of the M14 rifles use the solid Version 7 gearbox design that is made to fit inside the frame of the M14. With the streamline Version 7 gearbox in the M14 series this allows for a more traditional take down like you would find on the real rifle. This means for the upgrade options there are many to choose from when it comes to inner barrels, gearsets, cylinder sets and many more that can be found at your local store.
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Written by Brian Holt