Ruger Mini 14 Gun Review

The Ruger Mini 14 is one of the small rifles that can easily attract a gun enthusiast. Developed from the late 60s to the early 70s the first Mini 14s were sold in 1973. It immediately became a popular rifle for many gun enthusiasts because of its size and practical use. The gun can easily work with two types of cartridges: the Remington 5.6mm and the 6.8mm. However, the target model of the rifle can only accommodate the .223 Remington cartridges.

Performance

As the name suggests, the Mini-14 is relatively lightweight compared to other rifles. The gun weighs less than 3 kilograms (more than 6 pounds) and its barrel length is only measured at 18.5 inch. Because of its weight and size, it's often considered by gun enthusiasts for hunting. There is also a variety issued for law enforcement but their version has full automatic option.

Features

The main selling point of the rifle is on fusion. Ruger has learned a lot in building smarter and stronger rifles. Thus the Mini 14 is often considered a fusion of two of the most well known rifles in the world: the M-14 and the AK-47. The looks of the rifle is almost the same as AK-47 except that it's a lot smaller but the strength and configuration of the rifle is a lot closer to the M-14. With this fusion, gun enthusiasts will get the firepower of the M-14 with the ease of use found in AK-47. It's practically a powerful rifle encapsulated in an easy to operate rifle.

Another selling point of the gun is its ease of use and cleaning. As a semi-automatic, the bolt and the rest of its components should work without any problem. They just feel smooth to use and frequent use of the bolt doesn't cause any jam. Cleaning is also a breeze since everything is presented to the gun enthusiast as soon as the gun is opened for cleaning. These two factors have made it easy for gun owners to maintain their gun since the Mini 14 could be frequently used for hunting.

Appeal

Ultimately, the Mini 14 is a highly recommended rifle for enthusiasts. It's small, accurate enough to work and very versatile that it can work in various conditions and various purposes.

Summary

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The Ruger Mini 14 is one of the small rifles that can easily attract a gun enthusiast. Developed from the late 60s to the early 70s the first Mini 14s were sold in 1973. It immediately became a popular rifle for many gun enthusiasts because of its size and practical use. The gun can easily work with two types of cartridges: the Remington 5.6mm and the 6.8mm. However, the target model of the rifle can only accommodate the .223 Remington cartridges.

Performance Rating: 
9.3
Performance: 

As the name suggests, the Mini-14 is relatively lightweight compared to other rifles. The gun weighs less than 3 kilograms (more than 6 pounds) and its barrel length is only measured at 18.5 inch. Because of its weight and size, it's often considered by gun enthusiasts for hunting. There is also a variety issued for law enforcement but their version has full automatic option.

Features Rating: 
9.4
Features: 

The main selling point of the rifle is on fusion. Ruger has learned a lot in building smarter and stronger rifles. Thus the Mini 14 is often considered a fusion of two of the most well known rifles in the world: the M-14 and the AK-47. The looks of the rifle is almost the same as AK-47 except that it's a lot smaller but the strength and configuration of the rifle is a lot closer to the M-14. With this fusion, gun enthusiasts will get the firepower of the M-14 with the ease of use found in AK-47. It's practically a powerful rifle encapsulated in an easy to operate rifle.

Another selling point of the gun is its ease of use and cleaning. As a semi-automatic, the bolt and the rest of its components should work without any problem. They just feel smooth to use and frequent use of the bolt doesn't cause any jam. Cleaning is also a breeze since everything is presented to the gun enthusiast as soon as the gun is opened for cleaning. These two factors have made it easy for gun owners to maintain their gun since the Mini 14 could be frequently used for hunting.

Appeal Rating: 
9.3
Appeal: 

Ultimately, the Mini 14 is a highly recommended rifle for enthusiasts. It's small, accurate enough to work and very versatile that it can work in various conditions and various purposes.

Overall Rating: 
0.00

Of course, there are some disadvantages that might be encountered gun owners. Among them is the accuracy of the rifle. But the real problem with the complaint of accuracy is actually on the expectation on the semi-automatic. This type of gun is one those rifles that "simply works" which means it's not that accurate but you can expect to hit your target with the right training. With that said, the sights in the rear can be disappointing for some because they can't have the minute accuracy they are looking for from a rifle.

But as already indicated; the gun is accurate enough to hit the target with the expected damage. Ruger has actually acknowledged the problem of accuracy that they have announced that the newly released Mini 14 promises more accuracy. But it's still not that accurate simply because of the physical limitations of the rifle.

3 Comments

4 years 15 weeks ago, 5:48 PM

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I LOVE MY MINI-14. Im still reasonably new to the site but am loving the fact that you guys are practically reviewing my arsenal. Thanks!

4 years 15 weeks ago, 5:54 PM

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What is this about the 5.6 and 6.8mm models? Im intrigued!

1 year 39 weeks ago, 9:42 PM

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Great gun

I bought a used one 2 years ago at cabelas. It's a great rifle. Accurate to 125 yards. Mine apparently like 55 grain ammo. That's what shoots best with. I have never had a misfire, FTE or FTF.

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