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L. James Sullivan's .223 design has always been on my list-mostly because I can't afford a M14. The Ruger AR556 MPR might be in my future but I will enjoy my Mini in the meantime.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._James_Sullivan

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Posts: 2135 | Registered: May 30, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I always loved the Mini-14. The AR might be a better gun in a lot of ways but it has never been as fun to shoot as the Mini for me.




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I always loved the Mini-14. The AR might be a better gun in a lot of ways but it has never been as fun to shoot as the Mini for me.


Agreed. The AR is the better/more practical platform.

But the Mini-14/M1 Carbine -style rifles are more fun, and mine are some of my favorite plinkers.

Here's a family photo, with the other members of my M1 (and derivative) family.

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My trusty little Mini:





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Mini-14 has been berry, berry good to me.
 
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My trusty little Mini:




Having been a devotee of the A-Team show, I have wanted this configuration for a long time!



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I remember my Mini in the early 2000s being more comfortable to shoulder and sight than the AR556 I bought recently. Between the California "high capacity" magazine ban, the federal AWB still in effect and old man Ruger still alive and running things, all it came with was 5-round magazines. Now that all these objections (except for the Mini's magazines being proprietary and more expensive) have been removed, as well as their having 5.56 chambers, I might have bought another one, but they are over $200 more than the AR.
 
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Having been a devotee of the A-Team show, I have wanted this configuration for a long time!


I'm right there with ya! Big Grin




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The Mini 14 has always been a very fine looking weapon in my opinion. I would love to have one with the side folding stock like the one pictured above. It is too bad that neither Ruger nor a third party is currently manufacturing one so that I could put together a Mini-14GB.


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I debated for a long time about getting a mini. I have ARs, and didn't really need it, but I'm glad I forked out for it. Its a blast to shoot, and an amazingly well balanced little rifle. The factory trigger and sights are pretty decent, too.
 
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I enjoy shooting mini 14s because they kind of remind me of the M1 carbine that a couple relatives had in my youth. I've always thought the M1 Carbine and the Mini 14 were a natural rifle for point shooting style for some reason both seem to do very well in point shooting.

I did not buy mine till around 1986, still remember spending a wopping $300 out the door for it. A couple years later I put a butler creek folding stock on it. The only time I've ever had it choke was with some bad aftermarket magazines. I've often wondered why no Magpul magazines made for it. Some 25 rounder Pmags would be great. When I handload for it those 52, 53, 63 grain Sierra bullets seem to really improve accuracy in it over FMJ stuff.


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I’ve always liked the looks of the Mini. Especially the ones with the wood stock. Mine is the stainless steel Ranch model with the black synthetic stock.
Many times I’ve thought about getting a wood stock for it just for the purdy factor.


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^I as well. After Bataclan and already having an appreciation for the Sp2022, the mini seemed a logical progression. Tacticool is in the eye of the beholder.

 
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I imagine if they ever came out with a variant that took ar compatible mags, they would sell like hot cakes. I know it’s a different architecture, but that’s what engineers are for.


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It's not outside the realm of possibilities, though I don't see it being a high priority for Ruger.

But Ruger has shown that they're willing to compromise, considering their newer American Ranch bolt rifles in .223 use AR magazines instead of the earlier cheap proprietary rotary American mags. They could have easily made them use Mini-14 magazines, like they did with the 7.62x39 Ranch Rifles and Mini-30 mags.

And their new PC Carbine can use Glock magazines as well as Ruger magazines.

Seems they recognize that their proprietary magazines can sometimes turn a buyer off to their rifle. And they'd rather make the sale on these rifles, than potentially lose the sale but possibly make a bit on small accessory sales to a different buyer.

So there may be hope, if they're willing to spend the time/money on the necessary R&D. As you said, it would require a significant redesign.

However, another strike against it is that, for various reasons, traditional-style semiauto rifles that use AR mags have historically been slow sellers, like the Benelli MR1, Keltec SU16, and Ares SCR. Even some of the newer tactical-style semiauto rifles that use AR mags have had trouble breaking into that saturated portion of the rifle market, like the Beretta ARX 100. So just because it takes AR magazines doesn't necessarily mean it'll automatically be a hit.
 
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Where I live, pretty much everybody if not everybody has a mini 14. they do everything with them including hunting moose and bears.
 
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Where I live, pretty much everybody if not everybody has a mini 14. they do everything with them including hunting moose and bears.


Even in the 1980s I was bit surprised how common Mini 14 were in Alaska.


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Where I live, pretty much everybody if not everybody has a mini 14. they do everything with them including hunting moose and bears.


I assume moose and bear mean something other than 5.56.


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Where I live, pretty much everybody if not everybody has a mini 14. they do everything with them including hunting moose and bears.


I assume moose and bear mean something other than 5.56.



Not to the Alaskan Natives.....Ive heard of local people shooting moose with 22 magnums...
 
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Yeah, we've got folks down here who shoot wild hogs with .22LR.

I wouldn't do it, but it's doable.
 
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