The Ruger Mini-14 is a popular and reliable semi-automatic carbine chambered to shoot .223 Remington or 5.56x45mm NATO. The design shows influences from the Garand and M-14, particularly with its rotating bolt and trigger/safety setup. The action is driven by a gas piston system with a fixed-piston and moving gas cylinder. Ammunition is fed via a box magazine similar to the AR-15/M-16′s (although not quite interchangeable). Factory magazines for civilians have a capacity of 5 rounds although 3rd party magazines have capacities of 10, 20, 30 or more rounds. Higher capacity factory magazines have been made available to law enforcement.
Variations have been made on the Mini-14 in chamberings (7.62x39mm and 6.8mm Rem. SPC) and even a target version in .223 has been produced. Next, are the latest specifications of the traditional ranch rifle.
Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle, 580 Series
Caliber: .223 Rem
Capacity: 5-40 round magazines*
Finishes: Blued/Matte Stainless (aka All-Weather)
Barrel Length: 18 1/2″
Twist: 1:9″ RH
Overall Length: 37 1/4″
Weight: 6 3/4 lbs
Front Sight(s): Protected Blade
Rear Sight(s): Ghost Ring Adjustable Aperture
* For civilians, Ruger only supplies 5 round magazines. Aftermarket magazines of higher capacity are available.
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