The M-14 is a semi-automatic heavy battle rifle that packs a nasty payload and good range, but lacks the suppressive fire capabilities of its automatic counterparts. It is tied with the SVD for the 3rd longest range of any weapon, beaten only by the M60 (210) and M40 (250). When wielded by an experienced Ranger, it can even be effective in close ranges due to its high damage and the Rangers ability to fire at a very high rate. This weapon excels in the hands of marksmen who can engage from a distance, so good spot and combat scores are preferable by users of this weapon.
The M14 was the US's answer to the FN-FAL that many of their allies fielded (actual direct competitors for adoption). The M14 had initially been intended to serve as the infantry's new staple platform. The intention had been to not only phase out the M1 Garand and M1 Carbine rifles, but also to reduce reliance on the M3 Grease Gun and M1918A2 BAR. Within its arrival it had failed, failing to be as revolutionary as the M1 Garand had been in supplanting bolt-action rifles during WW2. Nonetheless, the M14 was lighter than the M1 Garand and managed to garner a lot of support before it's replacement by the M16. It's reliable and simple action lead to many soldiers vehemently rejecting the stoppage prone M16. Regardless, troops still complained about its unwieldiness in jungle combat, although the higher caliber was appreciated. The weapon's stats reflect all these factors when compared to the M16.