My MK14 Mod 1 (EBR) has seen more than 5 games and it is still like new. I tripped and fell on top on the rifle and broke just the selector switch. My buddy has a M14 DMR that he gamed twice, nothing wrong w/ it. So i think it's just that u happened to get a bad one. Other than TM, i don't think there is a better M14 than the G&P.