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    I like my FAL. I don't hate my CETME or my H&K but they are just not as comforatable to shoot. I'd be very intersted in the AK in 7.62 Nato if it had a milled or RPK receiver and took something like the G-3 mags like said.
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    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.
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    M14 is my vote. When I was in ROTC back in the early seventies the ROTC armory was wall to wall M14s. Its strange but after the Clinton administration ordered so many distoryed the government is sending a bunch to the middle east. I guess they are just the thing for wacking the bad guys in Iraq. IMO it is the last of the classic battle rifle.
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    I'm almost too embarrassed to ask, but what is required to qualify as a 'battle rifle'?

    I thought it had to be a full size rounds such as the 308 and 30-06, and that the .223 and 7.62x39 wouldn't apply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carb850
    I'm almost too embarrassed to ask, but what is required to qualify as a 'battle rifle'?

    I thought it had to be a full size rounds such as the 308 and 30-06, and that the .223 and 7.62x39 wouldn't apply.

    That's correct.......full power cartridges like .30/06, 8mm Mauser, 7.62x51mm (.308 Win)....etc.

    "Assault Rifles" fire intermediate power cartridges like 7.62x39mm, 7.92x33mm, 5.56x45mm, 5.45x39mm.....and are, by definition, select fire.
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    Used to have a BM-59, Beretta clone of a semi-automatic M-14, made by modifying an M-1 receiver. At the very top of my list of weapons I wish I still had.
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    My vote is for the STG58 (FAL). The built in bipod and ergonomics are great.
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    Ooops! Didn't specify why I liked the BM-59 (M-14 clone) so much.

    Aesthetically pleasing, reliable, accurate, and I was trained in it during some unpleasantness in Southeast Asia so I was pretty handy with it.
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    When the new .308 VEPRs have the 20 round mags available, will it be a contender?
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