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The M14 is chambered for the powerful 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge, the action of the weapon being essentially a scaled down M1 Garand action. The M14 aimed to correct the problems inherent in the Garand, by adding a detachable box magazine holding 20 rounds and a fully-automatic firing capability. While the M14 has been largely phased out of active service with the US military, it has found some use in niche applications. As a sniper or designated marksman rifle, the M14 excels due to its excellent accuracy and effectiveness at long range.
The Troy M14 SOPMOD uses a lightweight composite chassis and heatshield to reduce the weight of the weapon, as well as a retractable stock, multiple accessory rails, pistol grip and a shortened barrel. These modifications make the M14 SOPMOD a more versatile and practical weapon for use on the modern battlefield. This example features a detachable muzzle brake, vertical foregrip and a Leupold Vari-X III 3.5-10x scope.
The M14 SOPMOD holds 20 rounds in a detachable box magazine and has an effective range of upwards of 800 metres.