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Polytech M14 Clone?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by .455_Hunter, Apr 26, 2013.

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  1. .455_Hunter

    .455_Hunter Member

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    Right now in Colorado, shooters are faced with the interesting position of having to buy magazines for guns they they don't even own yet. On July 1st, it will become illegal to sell or transfer any mag greater than 15 rounds, but buying a new AR/AK/M1A/SCAR/etc is perfectly fine. One of my planned future acquisitions will be a wooden stock M14 style rifle, and I have already bought four 20 round Checkmate/Springfield factory magazines to supplement the 10 round units which will soon become the only type available.

    Yesterday, a LGS had two used Polytech M14 clones listed at $900 and $1000. Are they worth this price? I assumed I would have to fork over $1500 to $2000 for a Springfield, but seeing these has me thinking about other options.

    I have no plans of mounting a scope or trying to shoot high power matches with the gun, just casual "reach out and touch".

    Thoughts?

    Thanks,

    Hunter
     
  2. Jackal

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    Yes, buy one. They are generally just as good as a Springfield, though some did exhibit soft steel, those were a very small fraction of rifles produced. I have shot one side by side my Springer and could tell little difference in quality or accuracy.:)
     
  3. HoosierQ

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    I believe those are highly regarded in general. At that price, the thing would have to be pretty bad before you got a bad deal.
     
  4. frankenstein406

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    Buy both instead of the springfield you won't regret it.
     
  5. .455_Hunter

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    Thanks Guys!

    I may go back and take a closer look.

    Anything to be on the lookout for that I can see with the naked eye?

    Hunter
     
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    I had one for a while, they're great rifles. Always went bang when I pulled the trigger, and made me look good on paper with handloads. I believe some had issues with soft bolts, but GI parts will work with some fitting if you find one with that issue. I paid about the same for mine, seems to be the going rate.
     
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    Weren't many of these imported with solid "flash suppressors" with no slots and with the flash suppressor nut welded into position?

    -kBob
     
  8. Loc n Load

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    Poly M1A's

    I have shot M1A's for over 40 years and bought a Poly back in the 90's....it has served me well.....there were reports about "soft this and soft that"....but these guns have been out there now for well over 20 years..and I have never seen any "hard proof" of these shortcomings...several years ago I tore down six of my M1A's....4 Springfields, a Poly and a Fed Ord......had the bolts, firecontrol components, op rods and recvr's checked for hardness.....and used a Springflield NM and a Springfield "rack rifle" for control purposes for comparing dimensions and tolerances.....the results? All the parts tested for hardness were essentially the same and all the tolerances were comparable to the Springfields....of course these results are just representative of my rifle's, but it qualmed any anxieties that I had about the Poly and the Fed Ord...HAving been a service rifle competitor with these rilfes, I have shot a lot of rounds thru them and the Poly has "carried it's own water". And if your's has the solid flash suppressor, that is easy to remove and to replace with a standard M1A unit.
     
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  9. jaimeshawn3

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    I have one. Good gun. Buy the good magazines for it, and it will as good as you are capable of shooting.
     
  10. jtv3062

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    I sure the the soft this and soft that on the poly came from a few people who happends to know how to fix them for a price.

    If you buy them both I'll happily trade you my my stainless, walnut stock loaded model straight across.
     
  11. -Jake-

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    the chinese AK I own is premium stuff I'd have no concerns buying a Poly M14. You also might check some Canadian boards as they can still buy them...
     
  12. lamazza

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    Buddy owns one that I get to play with every time he brings it to the range. Accurate, nice looking, and for quite a few years now, totally trouble free.
     
  13. CSestp

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    Not to advocate illegal activity's, but what the hell is stopping people from just going out of state and buying a mag and bringing it back in saying that they already owned it?
     
  14. InkEd

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    Stop using LOGIC in discussions about gun control. :banghead:
     
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