Originally Posted by locutus
But the M-14 cured the two fatal flaws of the M-1. The idiotic en bloc clip and the low pressure gas port.
TPTB were concerned about soldiers wasting ammunition or losing magazines, as dumb as that sounds, and thus the en-bloc clip.
The M-14 had problems of its own.
The gas piston, gas cylinder, bolt, and barrel all had their share of problems in both development and service.
Those parts that SEI sells were not created because Ron Smith was bored on a Saturday night.