I don't believe the reporting is dishonest; however, it has been somewhat shoddy: poor fact checking, etc. As the others have stated, these are parade and drill team weapons. Someone called them M1s. They looked more like M-14s to me. When I was in college, I was a member of the ROTC drill team. We practiced with M-14s and M-1903 Springfields. Although we had had operable M-14s in the armory, we used inoperable weapons for the drill team.