Let’s talk about the Smith Enterprise M14 and how it should be looked at more closely. Springfield Armory has been producing M14 rifles for nearly half a century as the M1A and constantly improving upon the design of this relic battle rifle of the 1950s, but some of the best aftermarket accessories for this classic rifle come from Smith Enterprise, Inc. (SEI) of Mesa, Arizona.
Smith actually produced their own rifles and receivers at different points in time, but the company was particularly known for their enhancements to the existing platform.
The most obvious is the company’s patented Vortex Flash Suppressor. This ingenious design from the minds of Ron and Sonia Smith utilizes 4 tines in a swirl type of pattern that reduces 95% of the rifle’s flash signature over the antiquated version used since the rifle’s inception.
The Vortex serves double duty by acting as a mount for the company’s amazing Wind Talker Sound Suppressor that was specially engineered to suppress the notoriously difficult to quiet M14.
One of the draw backs of using an aftermarket flash suppressor on the M-14 or M1A is that the OEM flash suppressor incorporates the front sight of the rifle, which may be acceptable when using optics, but makes the rifle useless for shooting irons without it.
Smith Enterprise anticipated this and built a new gas lock for the rifle that incorporates a hooded front sight, so the rifle could be fired without a muzzle device of any kind or move to a direct thread on sound suppressor if so desired. A tritium insert is available for the front sight should the shooter need to engage targets in a low light situation.
With iron sights, such as SEI’s improved front sight gas lock, it is possible for the shooter to use the rifle with iron sights only for long range engagements.
The Vortex flash suppressor is available on a number of other platforms such as the AR-15, M16, M4, Steyr AUG, AK-47, AK-74 and AR-10. In every instance, users have reported superior suppression of visible flash over every version made by the competition.
The SEI front sight gas lock coupled with a Vortex Flash suppressor allow the rifle to become a real world contender for use on the modern battlefield. However, that is not the end of the story as SEI produces an outstanding line of scope mounts, scope rings and other quality hardware for the M-14/M1A family of rifles.
The Smith Enterprise M14 flagship is the SEI Crazy Horse M14. Below is a list of upgrades quoted from the SEI website that explains everything incorporated with that upgrade.
- Medium Heavy Barrel, 22.0” (P/N 2025) or optional 18.0” (P/N 9345-MK14) length, Chrome Moly 4140, 1:10 ROT, Four lands and grooves, right hand twist, chambered for M118LR Special Ball ammunition.
- SEI Gas Cylinder Modification Program, unitizing gas system, Meloniting (AMS 2753) gas system to include gas plug, lock and front band with new 440 SS hard chrome piston.
- SEI M-14 Scope Mount and Ring Package. Scope Mount, NSN 5855-01-506-5750, (P/N 2006), melonited heat-treated to AMS 2753, 4140 Chrome Moly and our 4140 Chrome Moly CNC machined 30mm Heavy Duty (HD) Tactical Tall M1913 Picatinny ring set, P/N 7018.
- SEI Strap-On Cheek Pad in either black or desert camouflage, Cordura with PVC inserts (P/N 2020).
- SEI Direct Connect Vortex® Sound Suppressor-capable Flash Suppressor, 8620 steel heat treated for High Wear (P/N 2000V).
- Gas Lock Front Sight – Hooded (GLFS-H), or GLFS-Dovetail (GLFS-D).
- SEI Extended Bolt Stop (EBS) (P/N 2010)
- SEI standard, 4.5 pound tuned trigger assembly with oversized SEI S-7 tool steel triggers and hammer pins.
- Redesigned SEI hammer and trigger springs for extreme long life.
- Redesigned tool steel connector link pin for positive sustained and secure magazine changes.
- Weapon finished in black phosphate, per appropriate MIL SPEC. Other finishes upon request.
- Weapon is normally supplied with excellent-to-new condition SEI-modified USGI synthetic stock. Other stock configurations at extra cost and upon request.
- M-1907 sniper/target sling in either leather or synthetic material.
- Deep thermal cycling.
- 18.0” medium heavy “Crazy Horse” barrel, chrome moly, 1:10 ROT, Four lands and grooves, chambered for M118LR Special ball ammunition (P/N 9345-MK14) (no extra charge for 18” bbl).
- SEI Extended MIL STD 1913 Scope Mount (P/N 2008), NSN 1005-01-533-8160.
- SEI ACOG/MIL STD 1913 Scope Mount (P/N 2005), NSN 1005-01-535-4430.
- Quick disconnecting SEI M-14 DC Wind Talker™ Sound Suppressor (only available to USG and FMS customers) (P/N 0001AK).
- Full range of Leupold Mark 4 optics.
- Installation of MIL STD 1913 rail to USGI stock for QD bipod or IR laser pointer.
- SEI Tri-Rail MIL STD 1913 System (P/N TBD)
- Sage Int’l modular collapsing stock (Mark 14 SEI configuration) (P/N M14ALCS).
- Angle Cosine Indicator (ACI) and mount.
- M14DC Wind Talker Suppressor and Tool Carrier (P/N 3005).
- SEI Cylinder Wrench, Gas Lock Front Sight, (P/N 3017).
- Tritium Close Combat (Front) Sight (TCCS) (P/N 2019).
- Numerous tactical fixed stock configurations.
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