Weapon of the Week: Ruger Mini 14

Posted: December 28, 2011 in Firearms & Other Weaponry, Weapon of the Week
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Our very first Weapon of the Week: Ruger Mini 14

Ladies (and gentlemen) if you’re looking for a compact, nasty little bitch of a firearm to start off or round out your zombie apocalypse weapon stockpile this is it.

Weighing in at around 7lbs, she’s lightweight, versatile, and completely customizable.  Not only will she not weigh you down, you can make this little rifle into a gun especially suited for you.  Touted by Ruger as “self cleaning” the gun needs little maintenance and was dubbed The Jamless Wonder by Hollywood when, take after take, the gun refused to jam even after it was dragged through dirt, sand, and mud.

The Mini 14 (Tactical) has a standard 20 round capacity magazine but you can buy mags that hold up to 50 rounds for when you bump into the unexpected horde.  This little lady takes .223 / 5.56mm (NATO) ammo both of which can easily be found at your local Superstore such as Walmart or Meijer so there will be no digging around in specialty stores searching for the right type of round.  While .223mm is slightly less powerful than the 5.56 it can still get the job done when it comes to putting down the dead.

There are many variants of this rifle and you should do your own research before buying a model, but we’d invest our money on the Mini 14 Tactical rifle with collapsible/folding stock.  If you do choose to purchase one these bad little bitches make sure she’s a recent model (2003 or later) as older models had accuracy issues do to mass production.

Cost:  While prices continue to fluctuate you can find a Mini 14 for as cheap as $4o0 but expect to pay more in the area of $700 if you want a pimped out model.

So how does it rate?

  • Ease of use = 7
  • Cumbersome Rating = 7
  • Reliability = 8
  • Ammo Availability = 10
  • Fire Power = 9
  • Round Capacity  = 9
  • Cost (for pre-apocalypse procurement) = 6

 

Overall Score = 8

 

 

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Comments
  1. Ron Williamson says:

    Owwever care should be taken !! Some models are marked .223 only and should not be made to fire 5.56. I have only had one issue with my old Mini-14 which was a case that got stuck in the chamber from a ‘hot’ load.
    Newer Mini-14’s, I believe, are marked for both rounds. It’s big brother the Mini-30 is also a wonderful weapon shooting the cheap and rugged 7.62×39. I’m sure there will be plenty of both ammo laying around come Z-Day.

  2. Joshua R. says:

    do they take ar15 and AR308/AR10 magazines that you may come across or replace with if yours get lost while evading etc.?

  3. Joshua R. says:

    umm nice pictures too :)))

  4. Ron Williamson says:

    Negative. They only take Ruger mags. It is one of the few drawbacks of the Mini’s.

  5. Just as with any gun it takes the magazines that are designed it for it. Just as an AR15 takes AR15 mags and an AK47 takes AK mags, the Mini 14 takes Mini 14 mags. Unless a company is making mil spec firearms the magazines will not be interchangeable. It all boils down to copyright infringement and the almighty dollar.

  6. David says:

    Yeah, I kinda wanted to see more pics! Nothing like a gorgeous woman who’s well armed!

  7. Glen says:

    anyone know what is the vented part around the barrel and where do I get one – stainless steel

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