Q- Are they Legal?
A- Yes. As they are attached to the stock and not
the receiver, and can't be made to work, they are effectively cosmetic jewelry to the M-14. All parts have
been de-milled rendering them in-operable.
Will the kit work in a stock that has no selector cutout?
No, you must have a stock with a selector cutout as the kits sets in the bottom of the cutout and is attached with 2 screws.
Also, the connector arm both front and back needs to be setting on or inside the stock cutouts.
Q- What's the difference between the four kits?
A- The ECO-Kit is a simple kit made of the "button"
or selector lock attached to a mounting bracket. The FDS and FDS-S Kits are both full dummy kits made from "demilled"
USGI selector parts and Connector arm. The FDS Kit uses the "button" or selector lock, where the FDS-S Kit uses
the "paddle" or selector switch in the stationary semi-auto position. The NEW "AMBI" kit features
a movable switch and the necessary parts to convert it to a FDS type button kit if desired.
Q- How long does it usually take to get my kit once
I place an order?
All kits are currently "IN STOCK" and ready to ship. For more information concerning production times, please go
to the following link. http://www.sparrowhawkm14.com/id25.html
Q- I have one of your FDS-kits that I purchased
last year. If I purchase a "paddle" switch, can it be installed on that kit?
A- No, as the selector lock (button) was rivetted when installed.
However just recently we decided to make the kit ambidextrous after the introduction of the "New" FDS-RS-kit (rotating
switch kit). However the switch position would be stationary and in the semi-auto position. This kit is now the FDS-S-kit
if one desires the kit to be sent with a stationary switch installed rather than the selector lock (button). If your kit has
a welded shaft, then you should be able to change the button out to a switch, by removing the pin that attaches the button
to the welded shaft.
Are the kits a "drop in" fit?
Only the ECO-kit is a "drop in" fit, but still needs to be attached with the mounting screws. The FDS type kits
both need to be tweaked and installed properly to fit. There are installation instructions at the bottom of the dummy page
for your convenience. These instructions are general and were graciously created by Tom Okamura, a good friend from Hawaii.
Due to minor differences in USGI M14 stocks, it may be necessary to
shim the kit base in order to raise the kit up. An easy fix for this is to cut a soda can and make shims from that. An other
fix would be to get a couple of washers from thehardware store to use as shims.
Q- Do the kits effect accuracy?
have been NO reports of accuracy loss with the installation of the kits. I have had the FDS-kits on all of my rifles including
my springfield which I used for service rifle competition.
Q- Will the full dummy kits stop the ejected brass from putting nicks in the side of my stock?
A- It has been reported that after installing one of Hawk's FDS
or FDS-S kits that the brass will hit the connector arm and not the stock during ejection.
Q- You used to have a rotating switch kit, but I don't see it on the
site anymore. Do you still make them?
We have brought the rotating switch kit back in the form of our brand new "AMBI" kit.
Q- I just received one of your dummy kits and there
are no instructions in the box. How can I get a copy?
There are no written instructions included in the packaging of dummy kits except for the NEW "AMBI" kit. However
there are detailed installation instructions for your convenience. You can access them by clicking on the link in the
navigation bar to the left.
Please remember, these
instructions are copyrighted and are permitted for use in installation only and cannot be copied via any means including electronic,
without Hawk's expressed written approval.
Can the FDS kits be installed on a Sage EBR stock?
Yes! All of Hawk's Dummy kits may be installed on the Sage EBR stock. It is recommended that the holes for the screws
be drilled and tapped for the use of machine screws. (not included)
What's the difference between the full and shortened connector arm?
A- Some later
production receivers have a widened op rod rail that may require the use of a shortened connector. Armscorp, Fulton,
later Springfield Inc and early 762MM receivers all have the widened op rod rail and may require the use of the shortened
connector arm vs. an extremem amount of fitting. (See pic below)
I see kits being sold on the m14forum. Are they your's also?
A- No, A previous
customer (glockshot) saw fit to duplicate our kit and has been selling them even though he had previously agreed not
to do so.
I've installed my "AMBI" kit and there seems to be some interference with the follow through of the hammer.
What can I do.
A- There are two
things you can do to solve the problem. You can either shim the kit so that the kit is higher off the shelf, or you
can dremel some off the sear. I've included the opinion of a well known M14 Armorer (MGSGT Gus Fisher, USMC Ret.)
"I have lost track of how many hundreds of M14 sears I personally modified by cutting them down to just the
width off or slightly wider than an M1 Garand Sear in Marine Corps owned NM M14 rifles. This was a standard modification
we did to REAL GI NM M14 rifles on EACH AND EVERY NM rifle. There is NO NEED to have a sear as wide as the M14 sear when
you are only doing semi auto firing. Actually, an M1 Trigger Assembly works perfectly in an M14 that will never be used
for FA firing."