It's the rifle that replaced the Garand. Chambered in .308, select fire, accuracy with a punch. It was swept aside in favor of the M-16, but it will not go away. Units still carry and use the M-14 and in the recent unpleasantness in the Middle East, the value of a .30 caliber rifle in the hands of a dedicated marksman has proven itself.
They were good days, those days of our youth, maybe better than we realized at the time. To own the rifle we carried then would be to own a piece of our own history.