The Short Rifles M14/M1A Stock System was designed by Sgt. Richard Cabral (USMC Ret.).
Rich enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1966-1972, qualified Expert with the M14 rifle and was part of his issue / make up for the next six years, honorably discharged 1972. In 1991 Rich reenlisted in the U.S. Army and went to boot camp at age 42 and graduated and spent two more years with the Army and then 10 years with the Army Guard where he served as company armorer and Marksmanship instructor, honorably discharged Sept 2001. competed at the Inaugural Sniper Nationals in 1991 Camp Robinson Little Rock Arkansas with the M14 /M21.
A few years later 2006, he served as a civilian contractor in KirKush Iraq for the Department of Defense. Rich saw the M14 still in service with Snipers and Designated Marksmen from all branches in Iraq.
Richard knew from his experience in the Marine Corp and U.S. Army that the M16/M4 had virtues and weaknesses. It is light, short and controllable, ideal for CQB. However, it does not tolerate dust well and a 55 grain .223 bullet is no match for the stopping power or penetration afforded by a 168 grain .308 / 7.62 NATO cartridge in Iraq, the M14 was praised by trigger pullers for its reliability, stopping power, range and penetration against clay walls, but its 44 inch length was a substantial hindrance in urban environments and in and out of vehicles.
2006 Upon his return from Iraq, Rich set to work on a stock design that would shorten the M14 to allow the attachment of modern optics, lasers and lights. As a true Rifleman, he saw simply shortening the barrel as an unacceptable compromise. He researched bullpup designs, starting with the original bullpup designed in 1902 by J.B. Thorneycroft and examined the Israeli experience with a prototype M14 bullpup variant.
Rich spent 6 years developing the Short Rifles Stock system. He worked with his Special Forces contacts and sent stocks to operators in the field for real world testing. Shooters who used it in the crucible of combat gave Rich honest feedback, allowing him to make incremental improvements in the design.
The result is a rifle that is over a foot shorter than an M14 in a regular stock – shorter than n M16A4 and close to the length of an M4 Carbine. The stock design also moves most of the mass of the weapon closer to the shooters body, allowing more leverage in a CQB environment and places the center of the bolt in line with the shooters shoulder, allowing better controllability.
The current design is the 4th Generation of the Short Rifle Stock System and has no peer. Unfortunately, Richard’s focus on R&D left him open to the less than ethical practices of a subcontractor hired to assist with manufacturing the 3rd generation system. This subcontractor pirated the 3rd generation design and has tried to market it under the moniker Juggernaut.
As Americans, we cringe at the idea of our technology and ideas being stolen or counterfeited by anyone. The mere mention of the word counterfeit drums up images of fake Rolex's sold in a back alley. If your fake Rolex doesn’t work, it may at least look the part. However, if your counterfeit weapon chassis that looks the part does not work right when the chips are down, the consequences are far more dire.