Miss Tiffany EBRM14 T(USCG)

Before I start on the range report for the USCG EBRM14 T, I would like to mention how the whole kit and kaboodle or history behind this Sage EBR M14/M1A rifle build started. The reason being it was about 3 long years for this build to finally got accomplished from a lot of wishy washy ideas, thoughts, parts buying, stocks etc.........

This Sage EBR build evolved back in June of 2008 when I joined a M14 forum called TFL forum. I missed a special members group buy receiver from LRB ARMS which started in March of 2008. All confirmed orders were made and members who placed an order were waiting for its completion. That particular receiver group buy had a special run serial number stamped on its receiver heel just for TFL members. The serial numbers stamped on its heel started as TFL01 and ended at TFL99. There were a few members that bought two or more receivers and I inquired about them. No dice my friend........No one wanted give up their newly TFL receivers and I do not blame them. Being that I missed the LRB M14SA TFL group buy, I posted a WTB (Want To Buy) ad in the (BX) forum and soon enough my prayers was answered by a great friend of mine who is also a Gunsmith/Armorer and goes by the name as jywolfe(
M-14 Parts.com). This transaction took place about 3 weeks from first initial emails,phone calls, and setting up the transaction with my FFL Dealer to getting her here in the Hawaiian Islands and to my door step.


I was smiling ear to ear and now a proud owner of a limited run unique LRB ARMS M14SA TFL Receiver which took place in the month of July of 2008. The serial number that I got is numbered between TFL01 through TFL25. I bought her as a partial barrel action build which included everything except the front and rear sights, gas system, Trigger Group, Flash Hider and other small parts. I have built Tiffany up completely in a traditional tiger birch stock but didn't go to the range to shoot her as of yet. I was contemplating with her on what direction I wanted to do because TFLXX was suppose to be my first LRB receiver and sure not the last. I was then side tracked due to that I picked up a Sage USMC M39 EMR three months later some time in October of 2008. I had Miss Lauren built In that USMC M39 EMR chassis which an 18" barrel before Miss Tiffany. The reason for having Lauren built first before Tiffany is due to Mr. Ted Brown. While making several phone calls about Tiffany's build with Ted, I asked him if he had any LRB receivers available. Ted mentioned he had one more LRB receiver left in his inventory with a 18" barrel already attached that was indexed and lapped with a bolt. I did not want to pass up this opportunity so I purchased it. By now, everyone knows that the time frame on the availability of a LRB ARMS receivers if not in stock could be six months to about a year and a half depending on their production schedule, priorities and or contracts they may encounter. Either way, I knew it was gonna be a Sage EBR build. Now this pass weekend I finally took Tiffany at our shooting complex with her new and final configuration as Sage USCG EBRM14 T.


Shots fired by Jon and groups was made with iron sights and 10 rounds of German DAG 66 surplus ammo back in Columbus, North Carolina.




I was able to find the old photos or first photos of TFLXX from the email exchange I had with Jon. Here are photos of Tiffany probably after the finishing touches and test firings from Jon Wolfe who lives in the state of Columbus, North Carolina.


Tiffany with all the completed parts necessary to completed a sage USMC M39 EMR at that time. Good thing that did not happen but.......................

Then I decided to put her on a traditional Tiger Stripe Stock.(Top) Tiffany has been a safe queen and not been fired since.

Here are the specs of Tiffany:

Gunsmith:
Ted Brown (Shooters Den)

Stock: Sage EBR NSG MOD 0 (Navy Seal Grey)
Receiver: M14SA LRB of Long Island, Inc. (Limited Edition Stamped Heel Markings)
Barrel: USGI Specs> 22" Criterion Medium Weight, 4 groove, 1:12" twist, Non-Chrome Lined
Bolt: USGI small parts and TRW, Chrome Firing Pin
Trigger Group: USGI TRW and small parts
4 1/2 lb. NM Trigger Adjustment: Ted Brown (Shooters Den)
Operating Rod: USGI TRW
Operating Rod Spring Guide: NM Sadlak Industries
Operating Spring: Wolff (Brownells)
Bipod: Smith Enterprise Inc.
Gas Cylinder: USGI
Gas Cylinder Piston: Smith Enterprise Inc.
Gas Cylinder Plug: USGI
USCG Muzzle Brake: Smith Enterprise Inc.
Extended Bolt Stop: Smith Enterprise Inc.
Extended Magazine Release: Sadlak Industries
Front Sight: EBR USN2 Hooded XS Sight Systems
Rear Sights: Socom/Scout XS Sight Systems .125 Ghost-Ring
M14 Dummy Selector Button Kit: Sparrow Hawk Farms


Day@The Range:


Whew.........OOrah!...Wow!! what Day @ The Range it was on August 21, 2011. I brought my son with me so he will get the experience and exposure of how a shooting range works and obviously the smell of gun powder. It was quite busy that morning and I had to put my name on a waiting list for the next available shooting bench. I had to wait about an hour or so. The weather was fine with the possibility of  showers/overcast clouds. Shots was fired via iron sights and method used I call the "lollipop" sight which
my alignment/mark to target was front sight at bottom/black of a 6 o'clock position at round (SR-1) target. I was very apprehensive or a bit nervous because its been about 3 years of having this M14/M1A rifle in my safe with two change overs and not physically brought her out to the range and shoot bullets down through her barrel. When ever I go to the shooting range I stack three target at a time and do not touch the rear sights that was test/function fired from Ted Brown at Shooters Den.


Range Report:  8/21/2011

Ammo: Used ULTRAMAX Remanufactured .308

168gr. Boat Tail Hollow Point Match


Position: Bench Shooting using sand bags

Target Paper: 100 Yard High Power Rifle Target (SR-1)
and 50 yd Postal Target

50 yards:
10 rounds> ULTRAMAX Remanufactured .308

First shot was at bottom target and then verified by second shot from cold barrel. I then decided to move the rear sights by making 2 clicks. Third shot fired and it moved up significantly seen at middle (white), then made three more clicks. Fourth shot fired then I am on top target in the black. After firing the fourth shot, I made five more clicks for a total of ten clicks from Ted Browns settings. Now I am thrilled and most happy with the final shots fired I did. Just like to mention also that I did not move my windage which I felt it was not deemed necessary at his time due to seeing those groups.





I then decided to do a ten round succession fire with no break in between at 50 yards so that I keep my same sight picture in and my position on the bench. Shots was made about 5 to 6 seconds intervals. Results was also positive with groupings shown.

From the shots I made and what Jon did, this second series of shooting st 50 yards seems to be similar and darn close to Jon's shots fired before I got her. Jon mentioned to me on the telephone that this rifle is a real shooter with great groupings. I used remanufactured ammo as mentioned and while Jon used German DAG surplus ammo. Dang........That's all she wrote!! I say...unbelievable. I believe the barrel has broken in. The barrel was too hot to touch after those 10 rounds made. Ouch!!.....Yeah Baby!

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Ammo: American Eagle .308 168gr OTM

Position: Bench Shooting using sand bags


Target Paper: 100 Yard High Power Rifle Target (SR-1), Iron Sights


100 yards: 10 rounds






Now that the fifty yard sight in showed nice groupings and done with, Now it is time for the ultimate 100 yard shoot. At this time the weather change a bit and it was getting kinda windy and had an overcast of clouds over the range. First two shots was on top on black between 12 and 1 'o clock and decided to move my rear sight at two clicks downward.
The rest of eights shots was during the some wind and rain in which I was kinda hoping for better results but it was just as good and pleased with the outcome. As you can see in the photos, after shooting at 100 yards, the rain came pretty hard with a burst for about 3 to 5 minutes or so then stopped. My paper target was soaking wet and when the all clear was made and safe to go down range, I went down and carefully removed the wet target without ripping the paper to pieces. Now that was a task to remove the target and I ended up being the last person to head back to my bench while the rest of the shooters was looking onward. But heck......it was all worth it. The target dried as is with the wrinkles.

I ended up using the American Eagle ammo because I ran out of my favorite ULTRAMAX ammo. I have better results using ULTRAMAX ammo so far in my M14/M1A rifles. To me, it has better consistency as remanufactured ammo in my opinion than the American Eagle .308's. Next time, I'll make it a rule is to always use my favorite ammo as I did with my other M14/M1A rifles. Once again...... the ammo does make a difference and you get what you pay for. Unless you have a budget for the higher end remanufactured ammo like Federal Gold Medal Match .308 ammo in 168gr. with Sierra Match King bullets (SMK's). Better yet.....I should get back into reloading my own bullets which I have not done in the past ten years. Now that will be another topic of conversation here in the next year or so.

All in All.......I am most pleased and content with the outcome of Miss Tiffany in her Sage USCG EBRM14 T configuration. I want to shout out and thank both Jon Wolfe for selling me a LRB M14SA TFL limited run receiver and Ted Brown for making another great build for me. Oh Yeah....just to answer a question for some of you who might be thinking..... "Why did you not have Jon at M14parts.com build your rifle since you bought the rifle from him?"

The answer is Geographic. Reason being is that Ted Brown at Shooters Den resides in Jacksonville, Oregon and Jon Wolfe resides at Columbus, North Carolina. From point "A" to point "B" is closer, less travel time and the amount of hands being exchange/used by the UPS or FEDEX personal going in and out of Oregon than North Carolina. Then flying across the Pacific Ocean to the final destination to my door step in the state of Hawaii. Anyone who has tracked a package via these carriers knows what I am talking about to how and where their packages is going and the many hubs or stations that package must go through.



Miss Tiffany

Here is a photo I took of how it looks through the front and rear sights of the EBR USN2 XS sight system on the USCG EBRM14 T. As for me, looking through these irons sights does not pose any problems whatsoever. Sure, in the beginning it was a challenge, but after awhile you get use to it and then it will grow on you. I have shot Miss Lauren with an 18" barrel and now Miss Tiffany with a 22" barrel. Besides the four inch differences on barrel length, the only difference is the hooded front sight of the USN EBR2 versus the non hooded version of the Socom II/Socom 16 front sights on Miss Lauren. In regards to Optics, I have a pretty good idea on which scope mount and scope to put on Tiffany but have no reason at his time. To me......while doing such Sage EBR builds, for the amount of money to spend in a scope mount, scope rings and a scope, I rather invest those funds to do another EBR build or get needed parts. The main point is that I have the main EBR configuration built and its good to go. Then all I will need to finalize them are the optics. The optic systems is the last pieces that I will add to my EBR's, unless I decide to do other wise. 


Now the daunting chore, time consuming tasks of cleaning your Sage EBR after a successful day @ The Range. I use the Swab, Rod and Bore guide method.

Cleaning your Sage EBR

Best Regards,
M1A96819


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