A Marine’s Rifle

Philippine marine corps Sgt. Rene Joseph, with the 28th Marine Company, participates in a boat-raid field training exercise with U.S. Marines in Zambales, Philippines, April 14, 2009. The Marines are participating in Balikatan 2009, a bilateral exercise with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, hosted by U.S. Pacific Command. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Joselito Aribuabo, U.S. Air Force/Released)

Philippine marine corps Sgt. Rene Joseph, with the 28th Marine Company, participates in a boat-raid field training exercise with U.S. Marines in Zambales, Philippines, April 14, 2009. The Marines are participating in Balikatan 2009, a bilateral exercise with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, hosted by U.S. Pacific Command. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Joselito Aribuabo, U.S. Air Force/Released)

Sometimes old school is okay.

Comments

  1. Ah, Memories…….The M-14.

    I was married to one for the better part of 4-years.

    Didn’t have the fancy Marpat though. Just plain old green utes and speed lace boots.

  2. I loved my M-14. If I ever win the lottery I hope to be able to buy one…. sigh. It is, to me, the best rifle the US has manufactured, outside of the M1863 Springfield rifle-musket, that is 🙂

  3. Last of the old-school, big, steel and wood rifles. That’s the later synthetic stock, but you know what I mean.

    I’m disappointed as hell in my Springfield M1A, but its a straight shooter and powerful when it isn’t jamming. Hope to get a Fulton build on a real M14 reciever one day if money and priorities ever align.

    What’s with his sling setup? Poor man’s tactical sling?

  4. Speaking of the camo, if you zoom in on the guy’s knee, you can see a couple logos that look suspiciously Marine-like.

    I wonder if that is standard issue or if they were photoshopped in?

  5. I *knew* this would get some comments!

    Is it just Murdoc, or does this guy (if you ignore the marpat) look straight out of 1961?

  6. I tell you this: With a bipod and a selector switch, the M-14 was a great SAW. Can you imagine an entire squad armed with them? That would solve the issue of penetrating brickwork some fast.

    I enjoyed the easy maintenance of the fiberglass stock. I hated the feel of it, because, unlike wood, it never really absorbed the warmth from your hands. It was always artificially cold feeling, and especially noticeable in winter. You could also never get a really solid grip on it unless your hands were very sweaty.

    There is just something natural and warm feeling about an oiled wooden stock.

  7. I also dig the MARPAT, but I personally never liked the M14, probably because I wasnt even alive to be able to train with the weapon, but i personally dont like the whole rifle feel when the gun sends hail downrange, Id rather have the garand before I pick up a 14 on the range

  8. That’s my country for ya. XD

    Oh yeah, school killed life. Will be making comments here and there.

  9. Looks old school but this soldier is well trained for jungle survival. Can survive without nothing. No wonder this marines has a jaguar looks and deadly. A silent preditor waiting its prey.

  10. Philippine Marine Corps is officially Philippine Navy (Marines) or PN(M). Their officers are pulled from the Navy’s officers of the line. Anyway, when told to switch over to the M16, they complied by drawing M16’s. But they *forgot* to turn in their M14’s and continued using M14’s in fighting commies and moros for years until someone noticed and the entire corps got busted. The result was PN(M) for a while used older but new-out-of-the-box peashooters. For penance, they were made to work on their M14’s until they became parade and drills-and-ceremonies ready. Then most of the pretty rifles were issued to the Philippine Military Academy to replace their pretty M1 Garands. Result? For a while PMA cadets hung on their belts M5 bayonets they couldn’t fix to their M14’s…..until someone noticed and finally did something. But nobody can find any of the M6 bayonets the Marines used ….. :-@

  11. Wish I could contribute to our marines though under paid and less funded….hope the best equipment can be provided and better pay to boast their morale. I met a french legionnaire
    once and politics influence the outcome of the operations. Hope politicians will not play operators but spectators. Soldiers lives at stake and cell phones make a lot of difference when it reach to other end…………warning the opposition to be warned. Wish you luck guys! I missed the 70’s
    but high tech equipment needed to combat rapid results.Been to the gates of the legion but the salary sucks…..so had to back out.Wish you luck!!!!!!!!!!

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