This fella is somewhere between 90 and 95% to scale, and represents the first generation of M14 Designated Marksman Rifles. Hell, I don’t even think they were called that at the time- they were called Match Grade M-14’s and were topped with Leopold Vari-6x scopes… The next gen had composite stocks in camo that looked like a drunk 6yo decorated them and some were adorned with Leopold MK4’s with calibrated drops like the Unertl’s on the M40a2’s had… then came the black match stocks with pistol grip… … …
but, alas, this isn’t history from the scrambled mind of a hillbilly, this is about the rifle plaque.
This is ode to the one that started it for the men of USMC FAST Company. The acrylic plate attached to the backing will be lasered with whatever you’d wish- the inscription there is just a place holder.
The rifle was carved from a maple ‘butchers block’ countertop cutoff, and was carved from that single piece of adjoined wood. It was then attached to a whiteboard plywood which was painted gold and then green (providing a little bit of character where the green was brushed and displays the gold underneath ever so slightly in random place- freakin’ texture, y’all)… the frame is of white oak as well as the trimming inside the frame (though that trim is painted gold- I made that “quarter round” from oak that was growing in a friends yard a few years ago).
Here is the punchline: These are limited. I’ll make 10+1(the lottery one), and yours will be numbered and dated.