“The M14 is one of the worst DMRs [Designated Marksman Rifes] in history, and should have never been adopted by the military,” scout.com asserts, despite affection for the platform in the military.
“If soldiers love the gun, it must be pretty decent, right? Sure, so long as the rifle is clamped into a very heavy, expensive chassis and the soldier carrying it never drops it, or touches the handguards. Seriously, disturbing the gun’s bedding – the way it’s glued into a stock — doesn’t just shift point of impact, it reduces overall accuracy. Therein lies the biggest problem with the M14: accurizing the rifle and holding on to that accuracy.”
The Scout master loves him some M16 and reckons the AR-10 is the way to go.
Since the AR-10 shares it’s method of operation with the M16, advancements on one could likely be applied to the other. And, the guns shares the same manual of arms, so no additional training is required for soldiers transitioning from one to the other.