POTD: An AR-14

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

Probably my favorite “retro” AR-15 build comes from ar15.com poster and master AR builder John Thomas, and isn’t a faithful representation of any actual historical AR-15 at all. Rather, it’s a “what-if?” that John calls the “AR-14”:

The historical AR-14 was a civilian sporting rifle, but John’s AR-14 concept combines several early AR-15 and AR-10 features like the “can” compensator and brown furniture with a very 1950s-esque flattop upper receiver with a folding carry handle. The removal of much of the details on the firearms certainly help sell the rifle as a concept/very early prototype.

Nathaniel F
Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.

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  • Sianmink Sianmink on Aug 10, 2015

    Love the bakelite, the fence-less featureless receiver, wire carrying handle, straight (25rd?) magazine, and the finish. retro done right.
    The only thing I would have tried to add is a top-mounted charging handle like the AR-10 instead of the standard rear, but that probably would have taken so much more engineering to pull off.

    • Ostiariusalpha Ostiariusalpha on Aug 10, 2015

      @Sianmink That's not Bakelite, but that magazine is awesome though, isn't it? Apparently, he welded two straight-body 20rnd mags together to replicate the original, experimental 25rnd prototype. Did a great job too, you can't see the seam at all.

  • Zebra Dun Zebra Dun on Aug 11, 2015

    Everyone knows they put carrying handles on rifles just to piss My Gunny off.