The M14 automatic rifle served with the American military from 1959 until it was replaced in 1963 by the M16. In more recent years, modified M14 rifles have been deployed in Iraq for army marksmen, and US Navy SEAL operatives have also used adaptations of the original M14. It has always been seen as a lethal long-range weapon, and with a bullet velocity of 850 m/s, an accurate shot is probably going to kill. It was designed to improve on the M1 Garand, which had been used for the Second World War. It was designed to make a lighter rifle to assist the soldiers, thus letting the soldiers carry more ammunition, giving them an invaluable advantage. It uses 7.62mm .308 cartridges - these are large and heavy, which can cause problems when large ammunition supplies are needed. When used in Vietnam the M14 was criticised for being hard to carry through the dense forests, and the wooden stock was prone to warping in the hot climate. This wood has since been replaced by a man-made plastic casing. Get yourself a .308 by clicking the link.

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308 Winchester

First introduced in 1952, the .308 Winchester is the commercial version of the military 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge. It's extremely accurate, which is one of the main reasons along with its power that it is commonly used in military sniper rifles and police sharp-shooter rifles. With its widespread availability, it has grown to become one of the most popular and prevalent cartridges in the world and you will find it just as much in big-game hunting circles as military applications. It can be found in numerous firearms and movies here on...

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The Vietnam War started because the country was split between communism in the north and capitalism in the south. The Viet Cong rebels who wanted to free the south started a powerful revolution during the Cold War. America continued to support the south, and when a war against the North began in November 1955, they offered assistance. However, the American public were worried by the escalating crisis and angered by the casualties. Nearly 550,000 troops were in the area when President Nixon decided to withdraw. Eventually, the North Vietnamese Army...

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Full Metal Jacket

Privates "Joker", "Cowboy" and "Gomer Pyle" struggle to adapt to life as trainee soldiers, and the dedication demanded from Drill Sergeant Hartman as part of their basic training doesn't help. Pyle is seriously overweight, and starts to break down pyschologically under the pressure of battle training, resulting in his traumatic suicide. "From now on until the day you die, wherever you are, every Marine is your brother. Most of you will go to Vietnam. Some of you will not come back." Years later, the platoon have all moved on to...

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