M14 Still Getting it Done in the Fleet
Looking like a recruiting poster aimed at gun nerds, the Navy recently published a series of photos showing the M14 (MK 14) still very much in use.
Check out this supped-up and chopped-down model in a Sage International EBR chassis and Leupold Mark 4 optic with an EOD det on HST, practicing “Stand-off Munition Disruption” or SMUD.
220119-N-XR893-0237 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Jan. 19, 2022) Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Liam Spellane, from Philadelphia, fires an M14 Enhanced Battle Rifle on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during a live-fire exercise, Jan. 19, 2022. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Suarez)
Of course, the Navy still runs it in the more circa 1957 Mod. 0 style as well.
220121-N-GP384-1113 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Jan. 21, 2022) Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Robert Marsden, left, from Bandera, Texas, and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman India De Jesus, from Bayanion, Puerto Rico, safety check an M14 rifle aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during a simulated replenishment-at-sea, Jan. 21, 2022. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jack Hoppe)