M21 Sniper Weapon System

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M21 Sniper Weapon System (SWS)

The M21 Sniper Weapon System (SWS) is the semi-automatic sniper rifle adaptation of the M14 rifle. It is chambered for the 7.62×51mm NATO cartridge and 7.62×54mmR for Vietnamese and Chinese modified version, as well .30-06 for rare version.

M21 Sniper Weapon System

M21 Sniper Weapon System Overview

  • Rifle Type: Semi-automatic Sniper Rifle
  • Place of origin: United States

The United States Army wanted an accurate sniper rifle during the Vietnam War. The M14 was selected because of its accuracy, reliability, and the ability for a quick follow up shot. As a result, in 1969, the Rock Island Arsenal converted 1,435 National Match (target grade) M14s by adding a Redfield ART Adjustable Ranging Telescope 3–9× and providing National Match grade ammunition (7.62 Lake City Long Range XM-118).

This version, called the XM21, had a specially selected walnut stock and was first fielded in the second half of 1969. An improved version with a fiberglass stock was designated the M21 in 1975. The M21 remained the Army’s primary sniper rifle until 1988, when it was replaced by the M24 Sniper Weapon System; some M21s were later re-issued and used in the Iraq War.

In standard military use, the M21 uses a 20-round box magazine as the other members of the M14 family and weighs 11 pounds (5.27 kg) without the scope. The U.S. military never officially authorized or purchased magazines in any other capacity, although 5- and 10-round magazines are available.

M21 Sniper Weapon System Service

The XM21 Sniper Weapon System was used by the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War, and the M21 saw limited action in military conflicts and operations in the late 1960s until the late 1980s. It was used by the U.S. Army Rangers during the Invasion of Grenada in 1983. There are limited numbers in some Army National Guard units and in a few specialized active units such as the OPFOR units of the Joint Readiness Training Center. The XM21 served from 1969 to 1975, and the M21 officially served as the main Army sniper rifle from 1975 to 1988 until the introduction of the M24, which had supplanted the M21 in Ranger Battalions by 1990. However, many M14 and M21 variants came back into favor in the Iraq and Afghan wars in the 2000s.

Commercial M21 Sniper Weapon System

Springfield Armory, Inc. also manufactures variants of its M1A rifle called M21 Tactical Rifle and M25 White Feather Tactical/Carlos Hathcock rifle, which are based upon M21 and M25 Sniper Weapon Systems but are slightly different; most notably they are fitted with a Picatinny rail to mount a scope and a Krieger barrel.[5]

  • James River Armory, partnered with Bula Defense Systems to make the forged receiver M14 and M21 rifles in Semi Automatic Versions.
  • LRB offers great craftsmanship of their M14 and is one of the most highly regarded M14 rifles on the market today.
  • Fulton Armory sells top quality M14s at the top price.

Note: most M14s will not have accuracy out of the box compared to the capabilities of mid-high quality bolt action systems, but parts can be upgraded and gas ports can be realigned in order to improve accuracy. All adjustments to the essential workings of the gun should be done by a professional gunsmith at any of the above mentioned companies.

M21 Sniper Weapon System Service History

  •  In service, 1969–present
  • Used by:
    • Israel
    • United States
    • China
    • Vietnam
  • Wars:
    • Vietnam War
    • Laotian Civil War
    • Cambodian Civil War
    • Sino-Vietnamese War
    • Cambodian–Vietnamese War
    • Sino-Vietnamese conflicts
    • Soviet–Afghan War
    • 1982 Lebanon War
    • Iraq War (Limited use)[citation needed]

M21 Sniper Weapon System Production History

  • Designer: Marines Weapons Command, Combat Development Command, Limited Warfare Agency
  • Designed: 1969
  • Manufacturer: Rock Island Arsenal, Springfield Armory
  • Variants: M25

M21 Sniper Weapon System Specifications

  • Weight: 5.27 kg (11.6 lb)
  • Length: 1118 mm (44 in)
  • Barrel Length: 560 mm (22 in)
  • Cartridge: 7.62×51mm NATO, (7.62×54mmR for Vietnamese and Chinese modified), .30-06 Springfield (rare version, limited use)
  • Action: Gas-operated, rotating bolt
  • Muzzle Velocity: 853 m/s (2,800 ft/s)
  • Effective Firing Range: 822 m (900 yd)
  • Feed System: 5-, 10-, or 20-round detachable box magazine
  • Sights: Front: National Match front blade .062, Rear: Match-grade hooded aperture with one-half minute adjustments for both windage and elevation.26¾ in sight radius.

 

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Sage M14ALCS M14 EBR Stock Enhanced Battle Rifle Stock

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Sage M14ALCS M14 EBR Stock Enhanced Battle Rifle Stock

In 1999 the United States Navy SEALs, Naval Surface Warfare, Crane Division, approached Sage International, Ltd. for assistance in
modernizing the M14 rifle.  The 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge coupled with the M14’s reliable and robust design made the rifle superbly suited for long range target engagement.

 As part of the Arctic Rifle Program the M14 in its existing wood and synthetic stocked configuration was not well suited to be easily deployed in confined spaces and harsh environments. This prompted the SEALs to began searching for a more compact M14 for arctic warfare.

 After field evaluations the NAVY SEALs reported they liked the Sage aluminum chassis mod the best. Through a combined effort of Crane and Sage, the M14 Enhanced Battle Rifle aka “M14 EBR” was born. 

To date Sage International, Ltd. has supplied over 15,000 combined M14 and M1A1 EBR Chassis Stock Systems to the United States Armed Forces and commercial markets.


Sage M14ALCS Enhanced Battle Rifle Chassis Stock System

The Sage M14ALCS Enhanced Battle Rifle Chassis Stock System is precision CNC machined from a solid billet of high strength aircraft grade aluminum. Fits Mil-Spec M1A/M14 rifles with standard or medium weight barrels. The M14ALCS is a drop-in chassis and features a six position telescoping stock and an adjustable polymer cheek rest with two inches of vertical adjustment. Additionally the chassis includes five Mil-Spec 1913 Picatinny rails, three ambidextrous sling mounts, a removable Kydex forend with a built in palm swell, and a soft one inch recoil pad. Rigidity of the chassis increases accuracy and reliability and is achieved through the use of a patented replacement operating rod guide block. Precision machined receiver lug recesses also eliminate the need for additional bedding. Fitting SAGE EBR chassis to non Mil-Spec/Commercial rifles may require additional gunsmithing. Does NOT accept rear-lugged receivers.

SPECS: Overall Length Collapsed- 27.5”. Overall Length Extended- 33.5”. Weight- 5.1 LBS. Finish- Mil-Spec Hard anodize. 

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Springfield Armory M1A Scout Squad Model

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Springfield Armory M1A Scout Squad Model

I’m old enough to remember Jeff Cooper in the 1980’s and 1990’s passionately writing about the need for a “Scout Rifle” (Read the Definition of a Scout Rifle Farther Down). The Springfield Armory M1A Scout Squad Model Rifle is a departure from his definition in two significant ways. The Springfield Armory M1A Scout Rifle is semi-automatic, Jeff Cooper specified bolt action and the Springfield Armory M1A Scout Rifle weighs in at 8.8 pounds while Jeff Cooper specified the scout rifle weigh less than 6.5 pounds.  

With that said I think in this day and age Jeff Cooper would have embraced the Springfield Armory Scout Rifle

Springfield Armory M1A Scout Rifle

 
Scout Rifle as Defined By Jeff Cooper

Scout Rifle as Defined By Jeff Cooper

  1. Caliber: a standard chambering of .308 Winchester/7.62×51mm NATO or 7mm-08 Remington for locales that forbid civilian ownership of cartridges in chamberings adopted by military forces or for its “slightly better ballistics.  As Cooper wrote, “A true Scout comes in .308 or 7mm-08. The .243 Winchester is an alternative for young, small-framed, or recoil-shy people, but needs a 22” barrel. Cooper also commissioned “Lion Scout,” chambered for the .350 Remington Magnum cartridge.
  2. Action: all Cooper’s prototype scout rifles were bolt-actions, however he said “if a semiautomatic action were made which was sufficiently compact and otherwise acceptable, it should certainly be considered”. Cooper said the Brno ZKK 601 action is the closest to the guidelines. A bolt-action two-lug, 90° rotation was favored, as was the traditional Mauser claw extractor. The bolt knob should be smooth and round, not checkered and positioned far enough forward of the trigger to avoid pounding of the index finger during firing. The safety should be positive and include three positions. It should disconnect the trigger mechanism rather than blocking it. It should be strong and positive and work from front to rear, rear position “safe” and forward “fire.”
  3. Trigger: smooth and clean, and provide a crisp 3lb release.
  4. Weight: an unloaded weight, with accessories, of 3 kg (6.6 lb); with 3.5 kilograms (7.7 pounds) the maximum acceptable.
  5. Length: an overall length of 1 meter (39 inches) or less. These two characteristics place scout rifles into the general class of carbines.
  6. Optics: a forward-mounted telescopic sight of low magnification, typically 2 to 3 power. This preserves the shooter’s peripheral vision, keeps the ejection port open to allow the use of stripper clips to reload the rifle, and eliminates any chance of the scope striking one’s brow during recoil. Cooper has stated that a telescopic sight is not mandatory.
  7. Reserve sights: ghost ring auxiliary iron sights: a rear sight consisting of a receiver-mounted large-aperture thin ring, and typically a square post front sight on the receiver bridge and not on the end of the barrel, where it catches on things, breaks, snags and muddies up. This allows the rifle to be accurately aimed at short to medium ranges even if the scope becomes damaged.
  8. Stock: synthetic rather than wood stocks. Heel of the butt rounded to avoid snagging on the shirt. A spare magazine stored in the butt. A retractable bipod that does not protrude from the stock.
  9. Magazine: magazine should be so constructed as to protect the points of soft point spitzer bullets as they ride in the magazine. Some sort of magazine cutoff permitting the rifle to be used in the single-shot mode with the magazine in reserve. As an alternative to the magazine cutoff is a detachable box magazine with a double intent which could be inserted to its first stop not allowing the bolt to feed it. When desired, the magazine could be pressed into its second stop, permitting the bolt to pick up the top cartridge.
  10. Sling: a “Ching” or “CW” sling. Against common practice, Cooper advocated the use of a sling as a shooting aid. The Ching sling offers the convenience of a carrying strap and the steadiness of a target shooter’s sling with the speed of a biathlete’s sling. (The CW sling is a simpler version of a Ching sling, consisting of a single strap.)
  11. Accuracy: should be capable of shooting into 2 minutes of angle or less (4″) at 200 meters/yards (3 shot groups)

These features dictated short, thin barrels, synthetic stocks, and bolt actions. Other optional features included a retractable bipod, detachable magazines, a butt magazine, and an accessory rail for lights and other attachments. The addition of some of these features often render the rifle technically not a scout as originally defined, but this has come to be accepted by many as still conforming to the spirit if not the letter of the concept.

Springfield Armory M1A-A1 Scout Rifle

Sometimes you need something a little different. A full sized battle rifle can be a tight squeeze in your truck or in the heavy brush. The Springfield Armory® M1A-A1™ Scout Squad™ combines the legendary power and reliability of the M1A™ with the quick handling and fast sight acquisition of a scout style rifle.

From the two-stage military trigger to the aperture style rear sight (adjustable for windage and elevation), you’ll find that the Scout Squad™ is packed with all the standard features that make the M1A™ great. The barrel is shortened to 18 inches – something you’ll appreciate on those longer hikes over the mountain and through the alders. The forward position scope mount brings you the added versatility of extended eye-relief optics. The Scout Squad™ also features a specially designed muzzle brake to help tame the recoil.

Download: Springfield Armory M1A Manual

  • SKU: 5165449530
  • UPC: 706397900090
  • MFR#: AA9120
  • Caliber: .308 Win / 7.62x51mm NATO
  • Barrel: 18”
  • Twist: 1:11 RH
  • Grooves: 6
  • Barrel Material: Carbon Steel
  • Overall Length: 40.33”
  • Weight: 8.8 lbs.
  • Stock: Composite
  • Stock Finish: Flat Dark Earth
  • Front Sight: National Match 0.062” Blade
  • Rear Sight: Military Aperture 0.0690” with MOA Adjustment for Windage and Elevation
  • Trigger: 2 Stage, 5-6 lbs
  • Magazines: (1) 10 Round, Steel

Whether you’re looking to save some space on your next big hunting trip, or you need a ranch rifle that will be a constant companion, the Scout Squad™ will give you the maneuverability of a scout rifle with the same power and features of a legendary American battle rifle.

 

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ALG AK Trigger Enhanced with Lightning Bow (AKT-EL)

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ALG AK Trigger Enhanced with Lightning Bow (AKT-EL)

The ALG AK Trigger Enhanced with Lightning Bow (AKT-EL) is a single stage trigger designed for the AK47 and AK74 variant platforms. The AKT-EL features a smoother and shorter trigger pull than the stock trigger and is ideal for combat and home defense use. It is machined from gun quality alloy steeland has a corrosion resistant Manganese Phosphate finish.

The AKT-EL features the Lightning Bow®, which produces a very comfortable feel to the user over the stock trigger, while enhancing trigger control. For OEMs and builders, the AKT-EL lends three parts towards 922(r) Compliance.

ALG AK Trigger

The ALG AK Trigger is a single stage trigger for the AK47and AK74 variant platform. The AKT is machined from S7 tool steel. The AKT features a smoother and shorter trigger pull than the stock trigger, and is ideal for combat and home defense use. It has a Manganese Phosphated finish and is the same process used on stock AK triggers. The ALG AK Trigger feature a unique trigger bow known as the Lightning Bow, which produces a very comfortable feel to the user over the stock trigger.

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CMC AK Elite Trigger, Traditional AK, 4.5-5lb Pull, Single Stage, Pattern Bow-92605

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CMC AK Elite Trigger Bow Style 92605

CMC AK Elite Bow or Curved Style Trigger, part number 92605 AK drop-in trigger group is the ultimate upgrade for your AK47 variant. With its 100% modular, CNC-machined, and easy to install design, our trigger group will give your AK the cleanest, most reliable trigger pull its ever had. All versions are preset with a factory pull of 3.5/4.5 pounds.

CMC AK Elite Trigger Bow Style 92605 Features

  • Bowed Trigger (Curved)
  • Ultra-crisp trigger
  • Glass-smooth break
  • Minimal lock time
  • Positive trigger reset
  • Easy to install
  • Made from 8620 Alloy Steel, S-7 Tool Steel and 7075-T6 aircraft grade Aluminum

CMC AK ELITE TRIGGER TRADITIONAL

CMC’s AK drop-in trigger group is the ultimate upgrade for your AK-47 variant. With its 100% modular, CNC-machined, and easy to install design, our trigger group will give your AK the cleanest, most reliable trigger pull its ever had. All versions are preset with a factory pull of 3.5/4.5 pounds. We offer three versions of the trigger, the traditional AK style, the curved AR style, and the iconic CMC Flat Trigger.

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