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Boanerges

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I have owned both. The first Mini-14 I bought was in 1980. It was neat and I did like it. I gave it to my dad oh in 1983 I believe.
As much as I do like the Mini, I do not have any now, I prefer the AR. And for more reasons than I want to list at this time.  
Both are great.

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Dan in NH

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the A-TEAM used Mini 14's. Although accuracy was dismal as they never hit anyone
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Unobtanium

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Everyone I know who has tried to use a mini-14 hard has abandoned it. Is it good for a typical "I shot 200 rounds through it last year" kinda guy? SURE! I don't disagree at all. However, will you be putting 2000 rounds a week through it and expecting it to not hold you up? Not so much.

JD, I will inquire of a SEAL instructor about your statement that the SEALs have "used the stainless model for years". I am unaware of this, but that means nothing. What I would LIKE to know, is how "used" are those Mini14's? Are they like the PS90's across the country that rot in the larger SWAT arms rooms, or were they actually USED?

I will post the response (if allowed), when it comes. 

My limited experience with the mini-14 was that it popped primers (probably not a true 5.56 chamber, as that ammo ran fine in the Colts I was running it in...), got locked up (primer in the go-parts), and that anything but a legit RUGER mag would fire fail fire fire fail fail fail. Accuracy wasn't a big issue, for what it was. It would kill stuff at carbine with RDS distances all day long, if it would feed, fire, and cycle.

ETA: I read up some on it, from what I gather, it was part of Bill Ruger shopping the gun HARD to the military, and it was put into use for limited circumstances in more NPE's where an M4/M16 may or may not have "caused tension". One has to remember that the SEAL's job is not just to kill stuff, but to manipulate those in the environment to serve a purpose. A SEAL does not get dropped off onto an island to kill 200 hostile tribe-members that need killing. He is dropped on the island to train and convince the OTHER tribe to do it. Sometimes a less effective tool can be more effective, in some political environs, enter the more conventional Mini...at least, maybe that was the theory in the 1980's when this happened...

I still await response, but this was what I uncovered during my quick search.

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Unobtanium

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Also, I would add, re: Bill Ruger.

He was what most would call "a Fudd", but he was also Pro 2A, and he wasn't anyone's dummy. What he did protected the right of someone in CA to buy a Mini-14 (semi-auto 5.56 rifle), in factory OEM configuration, right out of the box. It's one of the very few "scary guns" that you CAN buy in CA without bullet buttons or any other nonsense, right as its sold in WalMart.

He wasn't the devil people make him out to be. He saw the writing on the wall, and did the best he could, which apparently, was better than anyone else did, for many people in this country.

https://www.wbtguns.com/products/ruger-mini-14-tactical-california-legal-223

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