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Post by thatguyonline » Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:12 pm

I really love the M14. Also I am thinking about *trying* to make a US Vietnam War *respect* impression. I am really a noob at any impressions. Up til now I have just bought stuff that looked cool and pieced together some gear. The only problem is I am money limited for airsoft. So I though I would start with my gun. What are some things that the US did to their M14? If anything.
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Post by Guges Mk3 » Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:12 pm

Nothing...they did not have rails back then. Just scopes, cladding and wood furniture. Maybe a large Starlight Scope...
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Post by Erik » Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:52 pm

A proper M14 for Vietnam would have a wood stock and standard iron sights with a woven cotton or leather sling.

A period 'Nam loadout is easy on the budget: M1956 suspenders, pistol belt, ammo pouches and canteens. If you shop around the parts should run you around $40-$50.

For a uniform, the "Jungle" BDU is canon, but OD BDUs are "close enough." You should also get an OD boonie hat ot M1 helmet with the "Mitchell pattern" cover - also cheap.

This is my take on the 'Nam loadout - since this picture was taken, I have improved it with better quality gear:

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Post by thatguyonline » Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:27 pm

As for the suspenders...

http://cgi.ebay.com/VIETNAM-MILITARY-M- ... 230d9dbb3e

This one loos like it has a belt included. Is the belt part of the 1956 suspenders.
Apposed to this one. Which looks no belt.

http://cgi.ebay.com/1956-USGI-SUSPENDER ... 5addf15463

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EDIT: I was wondering what is the average price for the suspenders? Just so I do not pay way more than I should without know it.
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Post by Guges Mk3 » Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:31 pm

Shop around...don't jump on the first pair you see.
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Post by Chadwick » Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:41 am

i bought mine foor 5$, and just this fall a buddy of mine bought about 12 pairs for the same price... Shop around. try surplus stores, but make sure you know exactly what you are looking for as there are lots of diferent patterns of suspenders out there that look similar.
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Post by McClane » Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:42 am

You also don'y necessarily need a wood stock. My uncle carried and M14 during his tour in Nam and his had a synthetic stock.
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Post by Erik » Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:53 pm

McClane wrote:You also don'y necessarily need a wood stock. My uncle carried and M14 during his tour in Nam and his had a synthetic stock.
That's true, some of the M14s had fiberglass stocks, but they were brown in color, not black. To get the correct look, the top handguard should be darker than the stock.
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Re: M14

Post by thatguyonline » Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:31 pm

I could paint the stock. I am probably going to get the other components first.
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Post by Guges Mk3 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:02 pm

McClane wrote:You also don'y necessarily need a wood stock. My uncle carried and M14 during his tour in Nam and his had a synthetic stock.
And they were brown (M1A Stock)

http://vietnammilitaria.org/springfield ... etic-stock

So...it you have a TM "Wood" M14...you got both covered.
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Re: M14

Post by McClane » Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:36 am

That's good to know as I forgot to ask my uncle what color his M14 was.
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