Although the M14 is one type of rifle which isn’t used as predominantly in the military as it once was, Navy SEALs will still use this weapon when the occasion calls for it. This particular rifle uses magazines and is gas operated, giving it a very powerful range. Any Navy SEAL can find great accuracy over 500 meters with this particular rifle, which can shoot up to 750 rounds per minute. This SEAL weapon can be chosen in a situation that calls for semi-automatic fire power.
The M14 itself was developed after a great deal of experimentation on rifles popular in the 1940s. The Army first used the M14 in 1957 and served as the main weapon used in the early years of the Vietnam war. It began to be phased out of regular combat in Vietnam when the rifle proved to be difficult to use in thick cover, as it was rather long and heavy for soldiers. Despite the fact that it was replaced as the primary weapon by the military, the M14 still receives action to this day from Navy SEALs.
This gun was modified into an effective sniper rifle by Navy SEALs during the Vietnam war. They have recently been used in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, proving to once more be effective sniper and marksman weapons. The SEALs keep the M14 around because of their high accuracy and strong firepower, even though they are not the best weapons for close-quarter combat. When used at longer distances, however, this rifle can be a very powerful ally.