This is a custom tactical Ruger Mini-14. It was purchased new in California.
This is the Ruger Mini-14 (197 series) Ranch Rifle, chambered in .223 Remington. Since this model is no longer being produced, and used examples have dropped in price, it is an affordable alternative to the AR-15. The current production Ruger Mini-14s (580 series) offer the upgraded 5/8” hammer-forged barrel, new tooling, “ghost ring” adjustable rear aperture sight, and a protected post front sight. Unfortunately, the new price point makes it unattractive to those that simply prefer a similarly priced AR-15. Fortunately, a nice used Ranch Rifle, with integrated scope bases and the older straight-profile 9/16″ barrel (like the one reviewed here) can be significantly cheaper, and the small (though beneficial) improvements in the new rifles may not justify the cost for some. This particular rifle was purchased new in California by the owner for use as a suitable multi-purpose carbine that conforms to California’s needlessly complex and arbitrary gun laws (while allowing detachable magazines). It uses a reliable and proven Garand-based action. The owner of this gun modified it to fit his own requirements. This necessitated some simple, over-the-counter modifications that anyone can do in their own home to their own gun. Modifications to this custom Ruger include:
Specter Gear CQB 3-Point Sling w/ERB release
Specter Gear Buttstock Magazine Pouch
Hogue OverMolded Stock
Accu-strut Barrel Strut
Accuracy Systems Inc. M1 Carbine-Style Rear Sight
Ultimak Scout Mount Accessory Rail
Vltor Off-Set Scout Mount
Surefire G2 LED
Primary Arms Micro Dot (Gen 7) With Fixed Base
The modifications work together to create an extremely versatile carbine. The Primary Arms Micro Dot mounts low enough to co-witness with the iron sights. The Vltor Off-Set Scout Mount is very low profile. The small amount of obstruction it creates in the operator’s vision is largely unnoticeable. The Ultimak Scout Mount Accessory Rail extends all the way to the end of the gas block, creating enough rail estate to fit the optic and weapon light.
Second Amendment to the U.S. Bill of RightsA well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
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