In the 1960’s we began to hear about a rifle the army was issuing called the M14.  It was to replace the M1 Garand introduced in the 1930’s, and used extensively in the Second World War and the Korean War.  Some also saw action in the early days of the Viet Nam conflict.  The M14 was the meat and potatoes rifle for the military in the 1960’s and early 70’s

Growing up in Iowa we did not have anything one could hunt with a high powered rifle.  Even the first deer season did not happen until I was in high school.  Rifles with other than Mauser actions were not in the picture.

Fast forward to a month ago.  There an annual meeting of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association in Johnson City, TN.  During the shooting day activities, Susan Johnston, Public Relations Manager for Daisy Outdoor Products introduced the Model M14 Winchester Air Rifle.

The air rifle was an instant hit with the “boomers” who had extensive experience with the original M14 while serving in the military.  Not a vet, nor much of a rifle expert, I was intrigued by the stability and accuracy of the M14 air rifle.

The .177 caliber pellet (or BB) gun is a CO2 semi-automatic that can do a job on busytails in the woods.  The clip holds two standard 12-gram cylinders to produce a maximum muzzle velocity of 700 feet per second.  It is the old iron sights that hold me back.  The weapon has a blade front sight and an adjustable rear sight, about as basic and you get.

The clip also holds an ammo magazine with an 8-shot cylinder at each end for a total of 16 shots.  You load the pellets, or BBs, or a combination of both, into a magazine that fits into the clip.  Shoot 8 times and then flip the clip to continue with another 8 shots.

The airgun has a maximum shooting distance of 280 yards.

The realistic semi-automatic salute to the M14 is an enjoyable airgun for those who are looking at its historical significance or just want some backyard fun with serious marksmanship.

For more information about this and other airgun products from Daisy check the website



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