TFBTV: M14 Clone (Dominion Arms SOCOM 18) Review

In this episode, Edward O takes a look at the Dominion Arms SOCOM 18 and discusses other Chinese versions of the M14 rifle that are available in Canada. Because of a ban on Chinese small arms imports in the USA, Canada receives a large number of affordable M14 clones, including the Norinco and Polytech M305 rifles, and the short barrel SOCOM model seen in this video.

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Edward O

Edward is a Canadian gun owner and target shooter with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Crawling over mountains with tactical gear is his idea of fun. He blogs at TV-Presspass and tweets @TV_PressPass.


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  • gunsandrockets

    nice overview.

  • Swarf

    I really want an M14, or a clone. But not enough to pretend to like hockey.

    • Anonymoose

      I like hockey and I like M14s, but I’m not willing to live under Trudeau and his ilk.

      • Joseph Goins

        Don’t you want free healthscare?

        • H&R Canada

          The $500 I pay for income tax every paycheck says it’s not “free”

          • Joseph Goins

            I don’t think you picked up the sarcasm.

          • tts

            True, but overall you’re still looking at paying about half of what you would in the US for healthcare and the ability to just walk in and get taken care of without dealing with all in the in or out of network crap and paperwork is worth it IMO.

            Yeah waiting times are a thing for non-emergency stuff but, dirty secret here, they’re a thing in the US too. Just not enough doctors, trained staff, or equipment to go around anywhere in the world to offer healthcare as quickly as it should be.

        • valorius

          LOL, free 😀

          • iksnilol

            Compared to US prices and private healthcare in general, yeah, it’s free. Besides, you pay taxes in the US as well.

            So no difference there.

          • valorius

            A lot of americans dont actually pay any taxes at all. And for people like me, who have a lot of write offs, i barely pay any taxes at all.

        • DW

          Healthscare lel well played

        • Anonymoose

          That too.

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    I love my M1A. No other gun makes me grin like that does. Not even my friends .50BMG.

    I would love to be able to pick up a few more for less than $1500.

    • Marcus D.

      What do you want to bet that the prices are this high because there is no competition in the US market? I wishe there were. I need to get a Garand, an M1Carbine and an M1A1 before California bans them too, but I don’t have three or four grand laying around for gun shopping.

      • gunsandrockets

        You probably have at least two years.

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        Id agree. The cheapest M14 pattern rifle you can buy new in the US is the Springfield. The others just go higher from there. Id bet Springfield could charge a couple hundred less and still turn a profit if the market dictated.

  • MOUE

    Interested in the 7.62×39 version. Won’t have to haul x51 along with x39 for my CZ858.

    • valorius

      If you want a 7.62x39mm M-14 style rifle just buy a Mini-14.

      • MOUE

        I assume you’re talking about the Mini-30. That’s over 1200$+ CAD up here in Canada. Hopefully the M305 in x39 won’t be more than 700$.

        • valorius

          Right, mini-30. I had no idea they were so pricey up there, eh.

        • DW

          You guys also have SKS if i am not mistaken?

          • The_Champ

            Yes, they are plentiful and cheap here, just not tactic-cool enough for a lot of people. I think they are a superb and practical rifle.

      • iksnilol

        Dude, then you’d be owning a Mini-14 variant.

        Like, you can’t even kill yourself with it but having one means you will wish to have done so.

        • valorius

          I haven’t owned one in a long time, but back in the day i owned 3 mini’s at different times. I loved em.

          • iksnilol

            Man, I have a love-hate thing going on with that rifle. I mean, I think it looks wicked cool (especially with that folding stock) and it is one of the few 5.56 autoloaders that can be gotten on a hunting license in Norway… but I remember seeing one at the range, and I swear, a shotgun with slugs would’a been more accurate than that noisemaker.

            Though I do reckon you could customize one to shoot well, still won’t beat an AR or AK in my eyes.

          • valorius

            I had a series 178, 180 and 181, they were pretty accurate. Somewhere in the later series they got pretty bad accuracy wise I hear, but the new ones are supposed to be much better. I think everything post series 195?

  • valorius

    What’s this?!?!?!? Edward O has no tactical beard and no tactical c-clamp shooting style!?!??!?!

    He is immediately my favorite TFB writer.

  • Brian Fulmer

    Does this mean there is a new supply of forged receivers? Last I’d heard the pipeline from China was empty and prices were going up. Since a SOCOM clone is NOT USGI for the gas system, it implies these new builds are in fact new.

  • Gus Butts

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/39d08f3e00382ed84778322ecbde37ea043f1ca50424cea62130ca657a06a28e.jpg

    An M305 in 7.62x39mm? We love that caliber as much as Eastern Europe does.

    • DW

      In which case get a mini30 or a SKS

      • The_Champ

        Yeah, good point. Not sure the advantage of a m14 in that caliber over those two rifles.

  • StraightshooterJeff

    Any number of M305’s have blown up here in NZ. Made we got a bad batch but I would be reluctant to own one.

  • George Griffin

    Props for the Cowboy Bebop music at the end!

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    Abysmal? You mean excellent, right?

    The M14 safety is my favorite safety design ever.

  • David Gheriani

    As a fellow Canadian, I also have a M14/M305 pattern rifle, albeit a 22″ with most of the National Match mods that make it a nice 1.5 moa rifle. I’ve wanted a shorty (with that same VLTOR rail) for a while but have kinda fallen in the endless black hole of precision rifle matches so my semis have been neglected. A couple corrections though: m14doctor was Thomas (last name ommitted) who used to work on M14 pattern rifles and build outstanding mod stocks based on the USGI stock but stiffer and able to take AR furniture. I have one and it’s rad. He also did M14 smithing clinics, one of which I attended. He’s since stepped back from the industry and values his privacy. Barney/Hungry/Tactical Teacher is a great guy and a friend of mine and he does the clinics across the country. He taught me how to bed my M14 a couple years back. Kudos on a great review.