Watch: Mini-14 is better than the AR-15


Watch: Mini-14 is better than the AR-15

The Firearm Blog TV has put together another excellent video. This one covers the differences between the Mini-14 and the AR-15. There are a number of subtle differences the video does not cover, but it is otherwise a good video that covers the main differences.

Production of the Mini-14 started in 1973 by Strum and Ruger. The rifle is chambered in 223 Remington and is basically a scaled down version of the M-14.


  • Weight – 6 lb 6 ounces.
  • Length – 37 1/4 inches.
  • Action Gas-operated, rotating bolt.

Now for the video.


There is something that feels right about the Mini-14.  It has more of a personal feel than the AR-15.  In all honesty, I would rather take a Mini-14 into the woods than an AR.  Maybe it is the wooden stock of the Mini that gives it more of a hunting rifle look and feel than the AR?

One of the things I never did like about the mini-14, the magazine has to catch on the front and then be pulled into position. It is not a big deal, just magazine changes with the AR are much easier.

When I had my Mini-14 and Mini-30, aftermarket magazines were hit and miss. Hopefully the magazine situation has changed.

One of the great benefits of the Mini-14, the factory sock can be replaced with a folding stock. This makes it a wonderful compact rifle.

Accuracy leaves a lot to be desired. The video touches on the accuracy issue and mentions Ruger has worked to improve it.

If you want more information on the rifle, head over to the Mini-14 forum.

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