Templar, I read your first post on this thread and I could have sworn I had written it!
Are you sure you're not one of my other identities?
I can only add that the M14/M1A feels like a "real rifleman's rifle." There's just something about holding that wood stock in your hand that makes you appreciate the accuracy and durability of the rifle.
I personally think the M14 was never given a real chance. The one or two Vietnam vets I know who started their service in Southeast Asia with the M14 before switching to the M16 swear that a huge mistake was made when this country adopted "Matty Mattel."
One of these soldiers claims to have shot an enemy soldier through a tree with the M14. He said he tried the same thing later with his Matty Mattel, and it didn't work.
Yes, the M14 was worthless on full auto, but then again, a lot of people are of the opinion that the AK is also.
I hated the HK91. It was heavy to carry and shoot offhand, and the recoil was more like a 12-gauge shotgun than a battle rifle.