History & Facts of The Ruger Mini 14
The rifle is a Shoulder fired, gas operated, rotating bolt, semi-automatic carbine chambered in NATO 5.56mm. The non-target versions can also fire the civilian .223 Remington cartridge much like the mil-spec AR-15’s that are so popular today. the rifle is magazine fed and comes standard with iron sights although many optics may be attached.
The commonality of the ammo that this weapon system uses makes it very popular amongst small-game hunters, ranchers, law enforcement and security personnel.
Many people like the iron and wood feel of the Mini 14 over the plastic and polymer of todays AR weapon systems. Taking into consideration that you can shoot the same ammo in either one however, there is no reason why you can’t have both.
Today there are different variants of the Mini 14 some of which are much more modernized for tactical applications. you can also get the Mini-30 which is chambered in 7.62×39, the same ammo used by SKS and Ak platforms. The great thing about the Mini-30 is that ammo is widely available and is cheap, cheap, cheap… For now at least.
Both the Mini 14 and the Mini 30 can be found with bolt action only although only a small number were manufactured and are very rare. Ruger also makes the Mini 6.8 which fires 6.8mm ammunition but I wouldn’t recommend buying weapons with such odd calibers.
Regardless of what you choose, Ruger makes a great weapon and the Mini 14 is no exception. The ranch models can be had for about 900 bucks but you can find them used or on sites like gunbroker.com for cheaper.
You can also find a lot of aftermarket accessories for this gun which include various optics, fixed and folding stocks, extended magazines, flash suppressors, bipods, etc, etc. Accessories are great and they make the rifle as well as the shooter more adaptable but many people take it too far. Just remember to keep it as simple as possible
A quick Google search will yield plenty of retailers where you can buy such parts. One of my favorite places to buy weapons and parts online is at cheaperthandirt.com. I’ll always shop around for the best deal but cheaper than dirt has a great reputation and they have never steered me wrong.