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Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM 16 CQB

An M14 for the 21st Century

Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM 16 CQB

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Officially, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the definition of “Cult” is 1. A system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object, 2. A relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister, or 3. A misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person of thing.

It is definition number three that concerns us today, because we’re going to be talking about the M14, or rather the commercial version of the M14 that is the M1A. And the people who love the M14/M1A really truly love it with a cult-like devotion. Badmouth it in front of them at your peril. It...

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