What happened to the M14?
Well, besides what C3 mentioned, which is 100% true,
and very relevant; the M14 turned out to be more of a
doomed variant of the Garand, than a true model of it's own.
Long story short- the Garand was modified for a box mag.
Then inventive thinking and creativity to the Big G design
ran to "let's combine this box mag, with full auto selection,
and abbreviate the heavy, balky 30.06 to a lighter, shorter,
modern round." (The NATO 7.62X 51mm) The M14,
(long story short here) was the eventual
evolution of these attempts. A fine rifle, by many standards,
but, full auto, due to the usage of iconic retro Garand rifle
stock, was difficult to control.
In short order, the M14 wound up being replaced by the
COLT M-16 (Basically a copy of the Armalite AR15, which
had been successfully used by our special forces, and whose
failures, shortcomings, over-comings, and successes belong
in another story...) due to the ultimate success of the
more full-auto friendly Stoner-style AR stock.
The point being, while the Mini-14 is monikered in a manner
to hark back to the M14, in truth, it's lineage is not only
directly traceable to the M1, and M1A, in all truth it really
should be called, IMHO, the mini Garand.
So, "big brother"(M14, or newer semi "M1A"- yah,
thanks a pantload for creating THAT confusion)
father,(Garand), uncle( M1A carbine)
the Mini-14, though likely improperly named, bears a fine
and historic vintage design, bred of successes in the great
Dang, I think I've created the Necro-Rant...