I must admit, prior to today I have never given the Ruger Mini-14 much thought, which means the attempt of "The A-Team" to drive its popularity by including a Mini-14 in the television show did not prove to have lasting effects. The rifle does, however, boast both an impressive design and an attractive appearance that warrants discussion.
The history of the Ruger Mini-14 goes back to the late 1960s, when L. James Sullivan and William B. Ruger began designing a new rifle. Built around an investment cast, heat-treated receiver and a variation of the original M1 Garand action, which includes a rotating bolt and a fixed-piston gas system, the Mini-14 first saw production in 1973. Since then, a number of different variants have been produced, including the AC-556, the Mini Thirty and a bolt-action only version.
It would probably be beneficial for you if I told you what version is available from Keepshooting.com. The Ruger Mini-14 for sale today is known as the "Ranch Rifle." Since 2008, Ruger has marketed the standard Mini-14 as the Ranch Rifle. This model features an 18.5-inch hammer-forged barrel (1:9 twist rate) for increased accuracy and an overall length of 38 inches. Both the barrel and the receiver feature a blued finish. An interesting aspect of the Mini-14 is the inclusion of integral scope mounts that have been machined directly onto the receiver. These mounts provide a stable surface on which to mount scope rings, which are included with each purchase. Because the Mini-14 is intended for use with a scope, the rifle has an ejector that ejects cases at a low angle so as not to interfere or damage your scope. Those who will not use the Mini-14 with a scope will enjoy the iron sight system, which includes an adjustable rear aperture sight and a non-glare post front sight. All components are set into a hardwood stock with a length of pull measuring 13.5 inches that also features a flattened buttpad for recoil reduction. As noted, the Mini-14 is chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO and .223 Remington. Each order includes one detachable 5-round magazine.
Sure, the Ruger Mini-14 may not be as popular or widely used at the AR-15, but it is a great alternative for those looking for a break from a typical day at the range. It is also great for small-game hunting and personal defense. At a price like ours, it is hard to pass up a rifle like the Mini-14. Consider this rifle for:
- Target shooting
- Sport shooting
- Small-game hunting
- Personal defense
- Pest control
- Much more…