NordArm’s M14 Picatinny Rail With Integrated Bipod

 

 

 

Estonia is not a place I would have associated with the M14, but apparently the rifle has become very popular in the country. In the early 2000s the US government gave Estonia M14 rifles and their troops fell in love with them.

The Estonian military equipment manufacturer Nordic Armoury OÜ (NordArm) has developed a slick looking picatinny rail for the Estonian troops in Afghanistan where the M14 is issued to each squad’s designated marksman. The NordArm rail features a full length (500mm) rail along with an integrated bipod. The bipod “swings” freely around the bore axis for greater stability on an uneven surface. The bipod legs are six position adjustable.

 

Below are photos the company sent me of the rifle being used in Afghanistan.

M14 AFG

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The a version of the rail is available without a bipod. We do not have pricing or consumer availability yet.





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  • CaptainSlaughterboard

    I thought in 4th picture, that guy’s face will be more focused

  • patrickiv

    Looks pretty slick.

  • nadnerbus

    I like the added height on the rail, allowing it to attach (presumably) directly into the stripper clip guide dovetail, and still provide added clearance over the chamber for shell ejections. One of my gripes with Springfield rails and other scope mounting systems is they are just too low and cause problems.

  • Karina

    Looks like what the M14 should be if it wasn’t reduced to its DMR incarnation and stayed a true battle rifle… except updated to modern standards. This thing is a real keeper. I really love what the Estonians did with the lovable M14. I’m all for wooden stock anthology but this looks like a real battle rifle.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    I think the top rail-mounted bipod is a good functional idea — when folded, the legs would swing up and out of the way to lay flatly alongside the upper hand guard. This would eliminate any possible interference with the firer’s supporting hand while also enabling the legs to fold backwards toward the receiver, thus keeping the additional weight a bit closer to the center of balance and at least partly mitigating any tendency towards being muzzle-heavy.

  • lucusloc

    Two questions about this: how much does it weigh, and how do they keep the rail system from shifting? 308 is a hefty round, and if the rails shift even slightly it could mean large deviations to the POI at even moderate 308 ranges. If the rails require custom fitting to the reviver to keep from shifting (because they are held in place by friction like the original wood handguard) then this is significantly less attractive as an add on. Anyone know if this gets bolted to the receiver somehow? Pined into the rear sight seat perhaps?

    I need answers guys, *I WANT THIS*

    • Michael Blum

      The front wraps around the gas cylinder; the rear continues over the action as a scope base, and is locked into the stripper clip guide, I think. Here’s another picture, from Facebook, showing the bipod legs folded up: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=704609122888997&set=a.149184791764769.29196.149148938435021&type=3&theater

      • lucusloc

        Hrrrm, I would be happier if it pinned into the rear sight seat or was somehow or other bolted to the reviver, I feel that this would be more secure. I cannot quite wrap my head around using the stripper clip guide, or how that would be secure. I would think you drop a tang into the guide, and use a bolt to apply a friction lock, but past that I don’t know how you would make it more secure. I suppose that since the friction lock is perpendicular to the recoil it rely can’t shift the sight, anyone know of other systems that work this way, and how reliable they are?

        • Michael Blum

          The actual stripper clip guide is probably removed, and the rail mounted in the dovetail for the guide. It’s part of the receiver, so there you go! This is all supposition, I haven’t actually seen any pictures with more detail …

          • lucusloc

            Ah, I see, but in my mind that just changes the orientation of the friction lock. I can only see a friction lock working (a tension screw pressing against the back of the dovetail) but that may just be my lack of imagination. Since the friction lock is oriented perpendicular to the recoil I don’t see that being a huge issue, as an bump that could potentially shift it would probably do a number on your optics anyway. I don’t know, I just don’t like the idea of my scope’s zero relying on a friction lock. Does the dovetail slot have a hole for a bolt? I have never taken one off so I wouldn’t know.

          • Eirik

            The rail is mounted to the rear sight mount and in the front it is mounted to a replacement operating rod guide.

          • lucusloc

            M imagination just kicked in, a dovetail with end-clamps would work with no danger of shifting due to abuse I think. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

  • Lance

    The M-14 live on. Its a great rifle that keeps fighting Not just the EBR in or Army but also in the navy on security watch. I like the stock on this way better than the pistol grip EBR stock much more comfortable.
    Wish they sell cheap 7.62mm NATO ammo to US civilians again though.

  • me ohmy

    love it…but it NEEDS a pistol grip.

  • Esh325

    I suppose the reason they opted for the traditional curved stock over a in line stock with a pistol grip is that the regular stock is more low to the ground perhaps?

    • me ohmy

      um….seriously??
      how about that big honking box mag hanging down??
      I own an M-14, the 20 RND mag sticks down a pretty good ways, this is NOT a Garand, with it’s flat lower profile..

  • WFDT

    While on vacation in Estonia two years ago I saw this firsthand at a military tattoo in Tallinn’s Freedom Square.