US Army Training Film – M14 (TF9-2970)

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I love these old Army training videos. Started pre World-War II, used in earnest during the war and perfected post-war, these videos are a fantastic look into the implementation and usage of weapons at the time. The sing-song voice, matter-of-fact explanations, and animated drawings all combined to what I might actually call “entertainment training.”

In this entry, video TF9-2970 from the National Archives, covers the M14, specifically:

  • DESIGN AND CAPABILITIES –
  • FIELD STRIPPING PROVISIONS –
  • CYCLE OF FUNCTIONING –
  • FEEDING, CHAMBERING, LOCKING, FIRING, ETC. –
  • SEMIAUTOMATIC AND AUTOMATIC OPERATION.

The M14 was designed and developed by the Army and deployed during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Versions of the weapon still serve today in Designated Marksman roles, though new AR-based weapons are slowly replacing it. The semi-automatic version, the M1A is still popular with target shooters, especially those in CMP competitions.

Sometimes, I wish these videos were still readily produced for the modern military. During my time in the Corps, little training was given on the detailed functions of the weapon system and only if one studied (or knew it prior to entry into the service) did they truly understand their weapon.

The video is broken into two parts aptly named “Part 1” and “Part 2” with both videos available to view below.

 

 



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Jim B

    The M14 was in design at the time of the Korean war. Issue to the Army began in 1959? Personally, I liked the rifle. It was issued to me at Parris Island in Oct 64. We had them in Viet Nam until late 67 and then switched over to the M16.

  • BattleshipGrey

    I like watching these videos for a nostalgic sense, but I can’t stand them at the same time. It feels like the narrator is yelling at me.

    • MPWS

      Regiment, discipline… that is what service is about. Not a hobbyist club. 🙂

  • LazyReader

    Thank goodness the army has training films for everything. Even proper hygiene

    • Sid

      I learned where babies come from while watching a field sanitation training film.

  • Jwedel1231

    That was surprisingly detailed. I figured they just issued the weapon and told you how to load, unload, fire, and clean. All other, more detailed knowledge being determined unnecessary for the standard grunt to know.

  • Full Name

    The “carbon”? I have never heard “carbine” pronounced like that before

  • MPWS

    Instruction video “from bottom” makes sense when there is a conscription in place, e.i. men who have no clue what rifle is about. In case of professional force it is appropriate to teach more intricate details in order to take full advantage of weapon capabilities and to know its limitations. One would expect that whoever is found fit for professional service has knowledge of basics.

  • Ed

    M-14 was not around during the Korean war. Its a useful design it still serves all branches of the military today.

  • noamsaying

    Too powerful a cartridge for effective, accurate, full auto. After a few rounds, you had an antiaircraft gun. This was the M-14s weak point. Great cartridge for sniping – that is why they are in use today.

  • Ed

    While M110s have supplements M-14s still are offered in the sand box compared to the M-110 on of the reasons the army is going to replace M110 with the HK 417. The Navy will use M-14 much longer as a supply cable launcher and ship guard rifle.