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Ruger Mini 14 Rifle History and General Information:
 The Ruger Mini-14 was first introduced in 1974 by Ruger. Its name comes from the rifle's cousin, the M14 rifle. The Ruger Mini-14 is a small, lightweight semi-automatic rifle manufactured by Sturm, Ruger. It is chambered to fire the popular .223 Remington Cartridge including military 5.56 x 45 mm NATO ammunition as well in some models as well as other cartridges such as the 6.8 Remington SPC.

 The Ruger Mini-14 rifle employs a cast, heat-treated CNC receiver and a version of the Garand's breechbolt locking system, with a short-stroke fixed-piston gas system and gas cylinder derived from the M1 Carbine. The rifle is available in a variety of finishes from stainless to blued with synthetic or hardwood stocks and has a standard 18.5 inch barrel.

 One reason for the popularity of the Ruger Mini-14 is that it does not have the menacing 'military' appearance that is associated with the AK-47 and M16. This resulted in most variants of the Ruger Mini-14 being specifically excluded from the now-expired federal and many state bans on so called "semi-automatic assault weapons", even though the Ruger Mini-14 was functionally equivalent to, and even fired the same ammunition as, other prohibited firearms.

 The standard Ruger Mini-14 lacks such legislatively defined militaristic features as a bayonet lug and flash suppressor, though all of these are available through aftermarket alterations.

The Ruger Mini-14 has proved popular with small game hunters, ranchers, law enforcement, security personnel and avid plinkers.

 Ruger Mini-14 Model Variations:
 The Ruger Mini-14 is available in a wide variety of configurations and most can be found here at Impact Guns.
223 Remington, barrels are six groove, 1 in 9 inch right hand twist.
6.8mm SPC, barrels are six groove, 1 in 10 inch right hand twist.
7.62x39, barrels are six groove, 1 in 10 inch right hand twist.

Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle (Model - 5801) 5 Round Magazine.

Stock - Hardwood, Length Of Pull - 13.50 Inches,
Barrel Length - 18.50 Inches, Finish - Blued, Chambering - 223 Remington,
Overall Length - 38.00 Inches, Weight - 7.00 Pounds, MSR Price - $881.00.

Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle (Model - 5816) 20 Round Magazine.
Stock - Hardwood, Length Of Pull - 13.50 Inches,
Barrel Length - 18.50 Inches, Finish - Blued, Chambering - 223 Remington,
Overall Length - 38.00 Inches, Weight - 7.00 Pounds, MSR Price - $898.00.

Ruger Mini-14 All Weather Ranch Rifle (Model - 5805) 5 Round Magazine.


Stock - Black Synthetic, Length Of Pull - 13.00 Inches,
Barrel Length - 18.50 Inches, Finish - Matte, Chambering - 223 Remington,
Overall Length - 37.50 Inches, Weight - 6.75 Pounds, MSR Price - $949.00.

Ruger Mini-14 All Weather Ranch Rifle (Model - 5817) 20 Round Magazine.
Stock - Black Synthetic, Length Of Pull - 13.00 Inches,
Barrel Length - 18.50 Inches, Finish - Matte, Chambering - 223 Remington,
Overall Length - 37.50 Inches, Weight - 6.75 Pounds, MSR Price - $966.00.

Ruger Mini-14 All Weather Ranch Rifle (Model - 5814) 5 Round Magazine.
Stock - Black Synthetic, Length Of Pull - 13.00 Inches,
Barrel Length - 18.50 Inches, Finish - Matte, Chambering - 6.8mm SPC,
Overall Length - 37.50 Inches, Weight - 6.75 Pounds, MSR Price - $949.00.

Ruger Mini-14 Target Ranch Rifle (Model - 5808) 5 Round Magazine.

Stock - Black Laminate, Length Of Pull - 14.12 Inches,
Barrel Length - 22.00 Inches, Finish - Matte, Chambering - 223 Remington,
Overall Length - 41.75 Inches, Weight - 9.50 Pounds, MSR Price - $1,098.00.

Ruger Mini-14 Target Ranch Rifle (Model - 5828) 5 Round Magazine.

Stock - Black Hogue OverMolded, Length Of Pull - 13.50 Inches,
Barrel Length - 22.00 Inches, Finish - Matte, Chambering - 223 Remington,
Overall Length - 41.50 Inches, Weight - 8.50 Pounds, MSR Price - $1,098.00.

Ruger Mini-14 With ATI Stock (Model - 5846) 20 Round Magazine.

Stock - Black Synthetic Collapsable, Length Of Pull - 11.88-15.62 Inches,
Barrel Length - 16.12 Inches, Finish - Blued, Chambering - 223 Remington,
Overall Length - 34.00-37.75 Inches, Weight - 7.25 Pounds, MSR Price - $921.00.

Ruger Mini-14 Tactical Rifle (Model - 5848) 5 Round Magazine.

Stock - Black Synthetic, Length Of Pull - 13.00 Inches,
Barrel Length - 16.12 Inches, Finish - Blued, Chambering - 223 Remington,
Overall Length - 37.50 Inches, Weight - 6.75 Pounds, MSR Price - $921.00.

Ruger Mini-14 Tactical Rifle (Model - 5847) 20 Round Magazine.
Stock - Black Synthetic, Length Of Pull - 13.00 Inches,
Barrel Length - 16.12 Inches, Finish - Blued, Chambering - 223 Remington,
Overall Length - 37.50 Inches, Weight - 6.75 Pounds, MSR Price - $921.00.

Ruger Mini-30 Rifle (Model - 5806) 5 Round Magazine.

Stock - Black Synthetic, Length Of Pull - 13.00 Inches,
Barrel Length - 18.50 Inches, Finish - Matte, Chambering - 7.62x39,
Overall Length - 37.50 Inches, Weight - 6.75 Pounds, MSR Price - $949.00.

Ruger Mini-30 Rifle (Model - 5853) 20 Round Magazine.
Stock - Black Synthetic, Length Of Pull - 13.00 Inches,
Barrel Length - 18.50 Inches, Finish - Matte, Chambering - 7.62x39,
Overall Length - 37.50 Inches, Weight - 6.75 Pounds, MSR Price - $966.00.

Ruger Mini-14 Rifle References.

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 The Ruger Mini-14 in its various guises has been adopted by various police and paramilitary forces around the world.
 In 1978, the Ruger Mini-14 rifle was purchased by the Royal Ulster Constabulary to replace its stock of aging U.S. M1 carbines.
 In 1983, The Bermuda Regiment replaced its British made L1A1 SLR's (7.62 mm) with the wooded stocked Ruger Mini-14 20GB, a semi-automatic only variant.

 In 1993, the wooden stock of the Mini-14 was replaced with a Choate black fibreglass stock complete with pistol grip. Retrofitted to older Mini-14s, this stock, with its straight-line buttstock, adversely affects sight line.

 Ruger made significant design alterations to the Mini-14 in 2004 which changed the receiver and front sight configuration. All new Mini-14s come with integral scope bases, and use a ghost ring rear sight and a winged front sight similar to that used on the Ruger Police Carbine.

 There is also a Mini-14 variant, called the Ranch Rifle that has scope bases integrated into the receiver, and an ejector that ejects the brass at a lower angle to avoid hitting a low mounted scope. Both the Ranch Rifle configuration and the stainless steel variants are more expensive than the standard rifle.

 Two militarized versions were also produced:
1. The K Mini/14-20GB which featured a fiberglass handguard, flash suppressor and a bayonet lug.
2. The AC-556, identical to the K Mini/14-20GB, but in addition came with selective fire capability and an optional folding stock.

 While the Ruger Mini-14 was never adopted by the U.S. military, both civilian and military Mini-14 variants are popular with some police departments as a medium-range weapon to fill the gap between handguns and shotguns, and sniper rifles

 Some K Mini/14-20GB's originally sold to US Law enforcement agencies have been released to the civilian market. Often these carbines carry dual serial numbers and are more desired by collectors due to their LE background. Likewise the factory flash suppressor and bayonet lug are more rugged than the typical aftermarket and adds to the appeal.











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