Fulton M14 finally arrived! (with pics)


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TexasRifleman
December 5, 2006, 07:09 PM
Well I ordered an M14 about 5 months ago from Fulton Armory and after some phone calls, changing of stories, etc the rifle finally arrived at my transfer dealer Saturday morning.

I have to say the workmanship of Fulton is everything I was led to believe.
The wood is beautifully oiled and the smell in my office is really nice :)

The rifle arrived well packaged and ready to go.

I will say that putting on a 1907 sling is something I don't want to do again, what a horrible design! But it looks right so.....
Not sure how exactly to use it so it may go into storage, but it's on for now.

I got the NM trigger job as well as NM sights, and a chrome lined short barrel.
In .308 the long barrel just doesn't perform that much better so I opted for the ease of handling. They say taking it all apart is tougher since the bay lug gets in the way of some of the gas parts, guess I will find out later.

As for shooting, I didn't get to do much of that yet due to weather. I did brave the cold to put 100 rounds through Saturday afternoon at 100yds.

The NM trigger job is REALLY nice, the best feeling 2 stage trigger I have used. I have a few on my ARs but this one really feels much nicer than any of those. The break is so clean.

After zeroing I was shooting 2-3 inch groups with South African battlepack stuff (boy I wish I'd bought more of that) and a tiny bit better with some Lake City match bulk stuff from Ammoman. I am sure the gun will shoot much better than me so I probably don't do it justice.

I really worried about the cast/forged receiver business but after being told of LRBs one year plus wait time I went with the Fulton and I am VERY glad I did.

Also spent a lot of time debating with myself about whether I wanted an "authentic" reproduction or one more fun to shoot. The "bush barrel" rifle is like the "Tanker" Garand; cool to look at but they didn't really exist.

I decided I wanted practical over pure historical accuracy so I went with the shorty.

I picked up some new surplus mags over the last few months and they all worked fine. They are not GI but they work so thats good enough for me. The few GI mags I managed to pick up I left wrapped in their original packaging for now.

The rifle was supposed to ship with a 10 round mag to keep some states happy, but mine did not. I'm not going to complain since I don't want a 10 rounder anyway since I still live in the US.

In a couple of weeks I will be out on my acreage and I fully expect several coyotes to fall to the M14.
That's as close to battle as my "battle rifle" is likely to see until the zombies come back.

http://homepage.mac.com/jayc67/M14b.jpg

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wacki
December 5, 2006, 07:12 PM
Very nice gun. I want one.

Zullo74
December 5, 2006, 07:30 PM
TexasSigMan,

Nice rifle (even if it IS too short)! You don't have the sling right yet. M1907 is the best sling EVER invented! You just have to know how to use it. This link will help......http://www.turnersling.com/sling.htm

TexasRifleman
December 5, 2006, 07:31 PM
You don't have the sling right yet. M1907 is the best sling EVER invented!

Grrrrrr F*%&% S%*(%

It looks just like the photo on Fultons web page, maybe they don't know how to use it either!!! :D

Thanks for the link.

ocabj
December 5, 2006, 07:42 PM
Nice rifle (even if it IS too short)! You don't have the sling right yet. M1907 is the best sling EVER invented! You just have to know how to use it. This link will help......http://www.turnersling.com/sling.htm

That link is the 'traditional' method. Try the following method:

http://www.ray-vin.com/tech/slinghelp/slinghelp.htm

We in the highpower service rifle circle prefer this method.

Sniper4Life
December 5, 2006, 07:45 PM
Extremely nice, I want one to:p

TexasRifleman
December 5, 2006, 08:09 PM
OK I think I got it.

For the record I think whoever designed that sling was on crack:evil:

Zullo74
December 5, 2006, 08:10 PM
We in the highpower service rifle circle prefer this method.


Well if we are talking competition rigging, this is how I use mine, no pulse configuration......

click here (http://www.northfloridashooting.com/misc/No_Pulse_Sling/no_pulse_sling.htm)

SoCalShooter
December 5, 2006, 08:11 PM
Damn that is sexy. Very nice. Congratulations. May I ask how much it was?

TexasRifleman
December 5, 2006, 08:12 PM
Oh God. Maybe I'll just bring it to a high power match and someone can show me.

Is there some benefit to this thing?

You think it was bad here, you should see how I had it installed on my BAR!!!

Zullo74
December 5, 2006, 08:46 PM
TexasSigMan,

Sorry your thread got hijacked.

It's a truly fine rifle and you really should try it out in a highpower match. I used mine for 17 years of highpower competition until I went to the AR-15 in 2000. It has been rebuilt a couple of times, and I'm on my third operating rod and second gas system! Remember to use grease on it and not oil, and it should just hum along! ;)

DoubleTapDrew
December 5, 2006, 09:02 PM
She's a beaut!
I'm torn between one of those or a FAL for my next rifle :uhoh:

Mannlicher
December 5, 2006, 09:13 PM
That is one fine looking rifle. I have a SA Loaded, and a SA SOCOM, but I sure want one of those Fulton rifles.

TexasRifleman
December 5, 2006, 09:16 PM
Sorry your thread got hijacked.

No, I need to learn how to use the thing. I have always heard that sling design was superior but I never tried one or had any idea what the deal was.

10-Ring
December 5, 2006, 09:27 PM
I like that stock! She's a beaute! :D Congrats:cool:

El Tejon
December 5, 2006, 10:19 PM
Nice weapon, I think you will be very happy with Fulton Armory.:)

Take your new rifle to class. They will get you squared away, and your sling too.:)

rbernie
December 5, 2006, 10:44 PM
Very, very tasty. Love the wood.

That's as close to battle as my "battle rifle" is likely to see until the zombies come back.Gotta watch for thoe zombie chickens, man. :uhoh:

jagdpanzer347
December 5, 2006, 10:47 PM
TexasSigman, congratulations on a very fine looking weapon. Does Fulton use USGI parts when assembling these rifles?

-jagd

TexasRifleman
December 5, 2006, 11:36 PM
Does Fulton use USGI parts when assembling these rifles?

Yes, all but the receivers is my understanding. (and some trigger group and bolt parts of course)

The stocks I am not sure, I don't know if they are USGI or not. The stock on mine is brand new and has a Fulton cartouche so I think they have them made somewhere.

Gewehr98
December 6, 2006, 12:08 AM
Pity about the missing barrel length. I'd have sprung for the extra 4" of barrel and 200fps velocity, especially if I was going to use it for NRA High Power Competition. (Not sure if the pseudo "scout" is even eligible for Service Rifle category).

Ditch the milsurp and buy Black Hills or start handloading if you want smaller groups. Premium guns deserve decent ammo. ;)

TexasRifleman
December 6, 2006, 10:01 AM
(Not sure if the pseudo "scout" is even eligible for Service Rifle category).


I was told that it was, I may try that sometime but there are not many matches around here.

And thanks Gewehr98 for your help with information while I was trying to get this built.

Father Knows Best
December 6, 2006, 10:12 AM
Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's rifle.
Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's rifle.
Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's rifle.
Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's rifle.
Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's rifle.
Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's rifle.

[sigh]

Nice rifle there!

Exposure
December 6, 2006, 10:18 AM
Nice rifle, congrats! It looks beautiful!

Is that a dummy selector or is she the real thing? And if so I guess it's a postie and you must have had a demo letter?

Either way that is one gorgeous rifle. Enjoy!

SSN Vet
December 6, 2006, 10:21 AM
That is SO sweet.

really, really, really sweet!

Congratulations Sigman

TexasRifleman
December 6, 2006, 10:22 AM
Is that a dummy selector or is she the real thing?

Nah it's the Fulton Fake.

I ordered a rifle several months ago, almost like this but not quite.

They called me 2 weeks ago and said someone had ordered a similar rifle but backed out and I could have that one now for the same price as what I ordered or wait.

This one had the NM trigger which I did not order, so I took it.

It also had the selector, so I have it although it's pretty silly IMHO.
But it shaved a few months off the wait and I got the NM stuff for free :D

stoky
December 6, 2006, 10:28 AM
Very nice.
You wanted the match trigger, even if you didn't know it yet. :p
The sling is great. It basically looks right, just needs the keepers pushed together. Pick up a copy of Jim Owen's Leather Slings and Shooting Positions

Zullo74
December 6, 2006, 10:28 AM
It's a "faux" selector and is available on the Fulton site in the parts section for $49.95

http://www.fulton-armory.com/FA00101-1-500_50.jpg

http://www.fulton-armory.com/Selector-A-250_50.jpg

TexasRifleman
December 6, 2006, 10:51 AM
It's a "faux" selector and is available on the Fulton site in the parts section for $49.95

And they charge another $50 or so when you order a rifle to have the cutout in the stock, so it's about a hundred dollars for nothing.

I guess if you were building a historical replica it would be cool.

As it is the thing just gets in the way.

Exposure
December 6, 2006, 10:58 AM
Fake or not I think it looks great! You just gotta have the selector on there.

Congrats again, and enjoy it. :)

TexasRifleman
December 6, 2006, 11:01 AM
Fake or not I think it looks great!

I just picked the rifle up for more fondling and noticed that the switch actually turns..... swanky :evil:

jford1
December 6, 2006, 11:40 AM
You'll probably want that 10rd mag for bench shooting and most states have laws about hunting with high capacity mags.

30Cal
December 6, 2006, 12:13 PM
I was told that it was, I may try that sometime but there are not many matches around here.

No external modifications are allowed under Service Rifle rules (a shortened barrel would be an external mod). You can still shoot it in 95% of the matches out there.

Ty

rbernie
December 6, 2006, 12:16 PM
most states have laws about hunting with high capacity mags.Fortunately, Texas isn't one of 'em (at least not for game and non-game hunting - they do get pissy about scattergun capacity when huntin' birds).

1 old 0311
December 6, 2006, 04:21 PM
Very nice. I carried the 14's for many years, but they sure didn't look that good.

wanderinwalker
December 6, 2006, 06:39 PM
Nice rifle!!

I run my sling as shown in the Turner link. (Shoot an AR-15 in Service Rifle.) A good ol' cotton GI M-1 sling works well also. Don't bother with the nylon versions though, as they're awful IMO. Slick and won't hold for anything. Of course, I'm young, fit and lithe, so pulse bounce is a non-issue for me, even in sitting! :neener:

Seeing these nice pictures of the big rifles makes me really, really want an M-1 Garand to keep my AR company. And I was all set to get a .45-70 Encore barrel too!!

Enjoy that rifle TSM, it should serve you well for many uses. Hope it shoots as good as it looks! And how cold does it have to get to keep a Texan from the range? (Gotta ask; it was about 30 yesterday when my bud and I were out blasting for a couple of hours. ;) )

Oh, and if you showed up around here with a short M-14, we'd probably let you run it anyway, though some of the clubs might be pickier.

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