Glen and Bob I was quite interested to see the M14 sniper photos Bob posted. The scope mounts shown appear the same as the current ones positioning the scope directly above the bore. The one I had was strictly a side mount. I wonder when the over bore mounts were introduced. Perhaps after my time? Or perhaps they were issued at the same time as the side mounts?
I didn’t know that there was an over bore mount at that time the one I carried and others I saw carried by regular infantry troops were all side mount, I always assumed that this was done on purpose so that:
1) The mount would not interfere with ejecting spent cases
In practice I have seen no problem with ejection under the mount although cases eject rather violently and have certainly dinged up the under side of the mount’s finish.
2) So that the rifle could still be “top loaded” with stripper clips
As to the stripper clips, they were quite popular on many WWII guns and I kind of figured they were a design hold over from the M1 Garand. In practice I don’t think I ever saw any one actually loading the rifle that way. When we got rounds loaded in 5 round stripper clips, an adapter was always furnished that you could fit over the magazine the adapter performed the same function as the guide in the rifle’s receiver allowing you to load the magazine with the stripper clips 5 rounds at a time. We did sometimes pre load magazines using the stripper clips and adapter. Also an almost identical (although smaller) adapter and stripper clip system was at times used for loading M16 magazines, but the M16 it self had no provision for using the clips while the magazine was in the weapon. In actual practice (except on ranges) we generally loaded the magazines by hand one cartridge at a time.
3) So that the scope in no way interfered with the weapons iron sight.
This would be valid the over bore mount is high enough that you can see the rear iron sight under it, only if it is adjusted to its lowest position, if the iron sights have actually been sighted in you can’t use them with out removing the mount. Obviously there was no such problem with the side mount.