From the Vault: Ruger Mini-14

Once in a while, we as gun nuts find that gun or rifle that just wets our whistle!  Just a few moons ago I was in search of a rifle that was chambered in .223/5.56, tactical, and was equipped with some sort of rail system; either Picatinny or KeyMod.  So the natural assumption was to simply get a quality AR and be done with that.  Nope.  I was never a fan of getting an AR, just because of the commonality.  So the search was on.  Then low and behold, like a bolt of lightning, it hit me.  Why not check out what Ruger has?  JACKPOT!!!  That’s where I found it buckaroos!!!  The Mini-14 Tactical version.  Got it on sale for right at $700 bucks.  I’ll take it!  Ring it up sir!


Out of the box I LOVED this rifle!  It comes with two 20 round magazines, a 6 position adjustable stock, a very friendly safety mounted just at the front of the trigger guard, and guess what crackshots?!?!?!?  It’s got rails in the perfect positions.  Ruger even gives all of us lucky owners scope rings and an attachable rail that fits perfectly and safely over the breech.  Believe me when I tell you this puppy shoots like a warm and slightly breezy summer day at the beach.  In other words: WONDERFUL!!!!  For a few bucks more I was able to get a pretty decent red/green dot scope and bi-pod.  You can bet your bottom dollar that it looks and shoots mean!


Now…when we go out to dance, she’s dressed for the party!!!  This rifle is lightweight, and has a wonderful release with a consistent pull.  The adjustable stock makes it a breeze to get comfortable behind this tack driver!  The Mini-14 comes with sling adapters and allows for the shooters most comfortable sling set up.  If there is one drawback, I would have to say it’s the sights that come standard on the rifle.  I have a big head so it was kinda difficult to get a good, effective cheek weld, while using the original sights.


The magazines are constructed of steel and very sturdy.  But of course, it’s Ruger!!!  When not at the range I keep at least one magazine fully loaded with these little beauties!!!  Yes to all of you avid shooters out there!  Those are Hornady Zombie Max .223 REM 55 Grain Z-Max ammunition.  So, just know that if the zombie apocalypse does occur, I’ll be ready!!!  No but seriously guys, these rounds are basically the same as the Critical Duty rounds, just with a green tip, and about 2 bucks cheaper at the store I buy ammo from!  Hey, don’t judge me!!! Shooting can get expensive!!!

***When handling firearms that are hot please ensure that you follow all safety rules.  PSA Rules of Thumb:  1) Know your target and what is beyond it, 2) Never allow the muzzle to cover anything you are not willing to destroy, and 3) Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire.

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