This page shows the various parts and components that comprise the E2 style M14. Many of the parts and components are original USGI but some are reproductions which were available as of this writing. I know when I started this E2 project, it became very clear to me, almost right away, that finding E2 parts was NOT going to be easy. This page is for those who are interested in E2's and want some detailed information and pictures to help them better understand the E2 configuration.
But the idea of an E2 style M1A intrigued me, so this is what I have managed to assemble thus far. Is this project complete? It is, but this will not dampen my desires to search for better parts and components.
Thanks for Tony (LAW483), I was able to secure most of the main parts that I needed for this build. He managed to even send me parts that I did not know belonged to an E2 build.
What we have here is the E2 forward front grip assembly, the E2 butt plate, a reproduction of the USGI M2 bipod, the stock liner, the E2 stabilizer, an E2 sling and a slotted handguard. Tony also included four black small rubber plugs for the forward hand front grip assembly, which will be shown in detail further on.
These are detailed pictures of the E2 forward grip assembly. I am showing many pictures of this assembly because when I was researching E2 configurations, I saw many drawings but no pictures that detailed this assembly. Hopefully, anyone else interested in working on E2's will find this interesting.
The purpose of the six holes that match with the stock, is so that the forward grip assembly can be adjusted forward or rearward to suit the shooter's length of reach.
The flip up butt plate on the E2 stock is not the same as on the M14 type rifle. The butt pad is made of rubber and the hinge plate that would rest on the shoulder in full auto fire is similar to the function of the standard M14 stock butt plate but the outside is smooth and not checkered. The cut on the E2 stock will also be different than on an M14 stock due to these subtle differences.
The E2 is often shown with a ventilated handguard which I believe was to dissipitate heat in full auto fire. The stock liner appears to be the same as in a standard M14 and gives strength to the receiver area of the E2 stock. The stabilizer shown appears to be USGI and authentic with a cage code. The stabilizer was meant to perform as a muzzle brake in full auto fire and to help control the rifle.
The E2 sling is much longer than the standard M14 configuration. I am still doing research on possible purposes for this. Was there a special way of carrying the E2? Was the sling used and a vital part of firing the weapon when not in prone? Hopefully, more information will come forth as I look into this.
Again, special "THANKS" go to Tony Lawrence (LAW483) who provided these parts for my M1AE2 project!
Setting up the E2 parts. For this project, I used a pre-ban SAI NM M1A. From the stripped down barreled receiver, I started with installing the E2 slotted handguard. The front band on the NM gas cylinder assembly is turned up to raise the handguard off the stock, so care was given to fitting the handguard to the front band.
The E2 stabilizer was next. It slips on over the flash hider (as shown in the pictures) and is latched to the bayonet lug. There is a sleeve inside of the latch assembly (sort of "U" shaped that fits on either side of the bayonet lug. The large bolt that you see pushes again the rear of the U shaped piece to secure the stabilizer to the flash hider. The nut works like a lock nut to prevent the bolt from backing out.
Upon completion of the barreled receiver parts, I set that aside to now work on the forward grip assembly. Notice the stock has seven holes drilled into the forearm. The hole closest to the front ferrule is the weep hole and will not be used. I took pictures of the inside as well as the outside to show you what it looks like up close.
Separated the forward grip assembly from the reinforcement flange. The reinforcement flage is meant to strengthen to forearm area as a liner when attaching the forward grip assembly. Notice, the holes line up nicely but the weep hole at the front of the stock is NOT covered.
I decided to use the center two holes to mount the forward grip assemby. But it is easily visible on how it can be adjusted forward or rearward. I took many pictures of different angles to give you the best idea of the forward grip assembly.
Note: The Hawk's Dummy Selector, this will be a crowning touch in making this M1AE2 look and feel like the "real deal" (at least as close to one as I am allowed in the State of Hawaii).
Tony included with this "kit" four rubber plugs that would be placed in the unused holes in the grip assembly liner. I can only assume that this was to keep excess debris from entering into the stock.
Installing the butt pad assembly just about completes the stock portion of the build.
Now comes time to put it all together again! The receiver is placed back into the stock. Oooh, it's taking shape!
That's about it. I did not show any pictures of installing the M2 bipod, because this bipod is only being used for the pictures. Our own "HAWK" is sending me a nice Springfield Armory M2 bipod that should really dress up this M1AE2. I also left out installing the sling. I was not exactly how to install the sling with the M2 bipod installed (now there is 3 sling swivels). But as I learn more about this facinating configuration, I will augment this page. NOW, for the reveal! Click on any of these last 7 pictures for full sized images.
Again, SPECIAL THANKS to...
Tony Lawrence (LAW483)