Why the AR-15 is Better Than the Mini-14
Kevin Felts 08.10.17
Back in June of 2017, The Firearm Blog made a video talking about why the Mini-14 was better than the AR-15. We talked about the video in this article – Mini-14 is better than the AR-15.
To balance things out, they made a video talking about why the AR is better than the Mini-14.
I have owned a Mini-14, Mini-30 and a few AR-15 rifles. Based on that experience, both rifles are good and should provide years of service. A lot of it depends on what you are looking for. I would be perfectly happy with either a Mini-14 or AR-15 here on the farm. I just happen to prefer the AR over the Mini.
Now for the video.
Some of the main reasons I decided to go with the AR over the Mini was because of the magazines.
Back in the 1990s there was a company by the name of USA Magazine. I bought a bunch of their magazines, and sent several back because they did not work properly. The lack of after-market magazines was a deal breaker for me on the Mini-14 and Mini-30.
It is not like Pmag sells $10 Mini-14 magazines. If Pmag were to enter the Mini-14 market, it would be a game changer for the rifle.
The way the magazine latches into the rifle was a turn off. Mini-14 magazines have to catch on a small hole, and then be pulled into place. The AR has the Mini beat in the magazine department hands down.
However, with all of that said, I am seriously considering buying another Mini-14. There is a rifle at the local gun store I have been looking at for the past few months. The next purchase will either be an AK or a Mini-14, and I am leaning towards the Mini-14.
So, readers. which ones of you have experience with both rifles, which one do you prefer and why?