Springfield Armory M14

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The M14 first arrived to Israel in the U.S. airborne list to Israel during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. After the war and following the U.S. Army M21 program, the M14 was selected by the IDF to be converted into a sniping platform. IMI was granted with the contract and tested all M14 provided by U.S. for accuracy. Out of all 35,000 M14 tested, the best 10,000 were hand picked according to their barrels' status and other accurization factors. The rest of the M14 were taken down for spare parts.

The M14 that were selected for the sniping conversion were disabled of their full auto capability and were fitted with an El-Op Nimrod 6x40, a bipod, a cheek piece, a rubber butt-stock. The new weapon was issued in the late 1970's replacing the Mauser K98 as the IDF standard issue SWS. In 1994 the Nimrod was replaced by the newer Svarovski Futonic 6X42. Finally, in 1997 the M14 was replaced by the M24.

Two IDF M14 variants fitted with different stocks and optics. Left - a M14 equipped with a Litton PVS2, right - a M14 equipped with an El-Op Nimrod 6X40. The left rifle feature an older stock, which was later replaced by the stock seen on the rifle on the right.


Foreground - M14 SWS line up for inspection at an IDF post in Lebanon. Seen in the background are FN MAG. In 1997 both weapons were replaced by the M24 by and Negev respectively.

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