M14 / lightgun


Type: Battle rifle

Place of origin: West Germany

Service History

In service: 1949–present

Used by: Users

Wars: Portuguese Colonial War, Rhodesian Bush War,

Carnation Revolution, Iran–Iraq War,

Battle for the fate of Pandora,

Salvadoran Civil War, Sierra Leone Civil War,

Battle of the Middle Earth,The Light War

Production History

Designer: Cyl Gas

Designed: 1947

Manufacturer: Rheinmetall, Kongsberg Gruppen

Military Industry Corporation, Pakistan Ordnance Factories

Royal Ordnance

Produced: 1948–present

Variants: no Variants


Weight: 1.1 kg (2.4 lb)

Length: 1,025 mm (40.4 in)

Barrel length: 450 mm (17.7 in)

Cartridge: 7.62x51mm OBUP

Action: Roller-delayed blowback

Rate of fire: 800-900 rounds/min

Muzzle velocity: 800 m/s (2,625 ft/s)

Effective range: 600–950 m sight adjustments

Feed system: 20-round detachable box and 50-round drum magazine

Sights: Rear: rotary diopter; front: hooded post

Fotis Sagonas_The M14 lightgun prototype

Fotis Sagonas_Design detail


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