Real Steel History as seen over at The Armory Life
Before the Springfield Armory, Inc. M1A, there was the M14, and before that there was the M1 Garand. While the M1A is a direct, semi-automatic-only version of the M14 military rifle, the M14 evolved from the M1 Garand in an unusual process — both military and commercial.
The M14 represented a modernized update to the M1 Garand, with numerous upgrades and enhancements. However, the most obvious change was the switch from the Garand’s en-bloc clip system to the M14’s detachable box magazine system.