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    Replica IDF M14 sniper project underway

    Well, I didn't intend to build an IDF M14 sniper replica in 2019, but I found a decent scope and scope mount for a reasonable fee, so I decided to pick them up. The challenge was an IDF stock, but a very helpful M14 forum member from Canada put me in touch with someone selling one in Canada for a nice price. So, now that I have the stock and other parts, I decided to post some pics for anyone interested. For historical context, here's an excerpt from Lee Emerson's Excellent book, M1 Rifle History and Development, Vol 1 (2016):



    As noted, my project started with a 6x42mm Swarovski/Kahles 'Futonic' scope that was used on the IDF M14 snipers rifles beginning in 1994. This one appears to have been re-furbished/painted, but glass is perfect, so that's nice. Has a BDC elevation turret out to 800 meters for I think M852 ammo. I got it on eBay a few months ago:



    The IDF scope mount was subsequently found on the other M14 forum. Mine is a little unusual as it has a plain side - it doesn't have the typical markings and a serial # on it.
    FWIW, I will say that that the 'ratcheting' system used b/t the knob and the scope mount is really effective, and probably much better than the 1968-69 era AR TEL single point mounting system which can come loose with use.



    I have now received my IDF stock from Canada, so along with these other requisite parts, I have enough to proceed. The barreled action is a 1996 SAI NM item that I got for a reasonable price this spring. It came with an SAI medium weight barrel, SAI forged bolt with USGI chrome firing pin, and SAI rear sights, which is just find for this project. (Note how wide the IDF slings are in comparison to US web slings. An older model Harris bipod will be used, but is not shown):



    Large cheek rest that Israeli Military Industries (IMI) added to the USGI stock for proper cheek weld:



    IDF markings on trigger group and op rod (TRW)



    This is a budget build and I am not gong to try and hunt down an IDF marked USGI barrel, bolt, or gas cylinder, but I kind-of want an IDF marked flash hider (even if the number doesn’t match the other parts). I just need one more faux M14 selector switch kit from Hawk; do some light restoration on the stock, and then hopefully put it together this summer.

    Once built, it should look pretty much like this rifle:



    Anyhow, that's my ad-hoc IDF project of 2019.
    Last edited by Random Guy; 28th May 2019 at 12:02 AM.

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    Re: Replica IDF M14 sniper project underway

    Excellent post, thanks for sharing this!

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    I agree, thanks for the post
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    Re: Replica IDF M14 sniper project underway

    Totally agree. Thanks for posting.

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    Re: Replica IDF M14 sniper project underway

    Yep, keep us updated!

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    Re: Replica IDF M14 sniper project underway

    I'll update this thread once this rifle is built.

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    Re: Replica IDF M14 sniper project underway

    Looking forward to it. Nice project.

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    Nice project! Sounds interesting
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    Re: Replica IDF M14 sniper project underway

    IDF Nimrod scope and case.



    Got in a couple of IDF sniper stocks today.
    Dropped a couple of rifles in to get the feel.
    Dang, I could get used to the riser on these critters.










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    Big WOW !

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