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Ruger Mini-14 Magazines

About the Ruger Mini-14
The Ruger® Mini-14 is a lightweight semi-auto hunting and sporting rifle, modeled after the iconic M14 service rifle. Originally introduced in 1973 and marketed to sport shooters and government/military agencies, the Mini-14 features a self-cleaning, fixed pistol firing system, trusted by farmers, ranchers, and sport shooters across the globe. Though it was never adopted militarily, the modern Ruger Mini-14 is widely popular with American law enforcement agencies and correctional facilities.

Initially, the Ruger Mini-14 featured a complex, exposed bolt hold-open device and a wooden heat shield, and angular wooden stock, and lacked any mechanism for mounting scopes and other optics before being redesigned in 1982 with the Ranch Rifle variant, which featured a more ergonomic wooden stock, integral scope bases, and protected sights. Then, in 1982, Ruger introduced the Ranch variant of the Mini-14 Rifle with an integral scope base on the receiver, a new folding-aperture rear sight, and factory scope rings. However, the original Mini-14 was plagued with questionable accuracy, floundering sales, and jamming issues.

In 2003, the design was overhauled to improve accuracy, update the styling, and reduce production costs, resulting in the modernized and reliable Ranch Rifle we know today. The standard Mini-14 was subsequently discontinued in 2005. Now known as the Ruger Ranch Rifle and complete with integral scope bases, an adjustable ghost ring aperture rear sight, and a winged front sight, the Mini-14 is an accurate, trustworthy, and reliable hunting and tactical rifle, famed for its ability to deliver 2” groups at 100 yards.

How is the Mini-14 Different from the AR-15?
Short and sweet: Similar in firepower. Very different in every other way. 

While the Ruger Mini-14 or Ruger Ranch Rifle is a magazine-fed semi-auto rifle, chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO, it’s very different from the AR-15. For starters, the AR-15 utilizes a direct impingement-operated gas system, rather than the piston-operated gas system of the Mini-14. Further, the AR-15 is extremely versatile, often allowing users to install various rail systems, improved charging handles, muzzle devices, and more, whereas the Mini-14 is a fairly straightforward rifle with fixed sights, a tapered muzzle, and fixed gas system and charging handle. Shoot, the Mini-14 even uses M14-style magazines which are NOT compatible with AR-15 rifles and carbines.

Is There Much Aftermarket Support for the Ruger Mini-14?
Sort of.

Apart from a few “tactical” stock upgrades and scope bases, the Mini-14 itself doesn’t have much aftermarket support. However, the Ruger Mini-14 readily accepts a whole host of factory and aftermarket M14-style magazines from renowned manufacturers including Ruger, ProMag®, Tapco®, and KCI®, among others. 

Known for providing the best selection at low, affordable prices, GunMag Warehouse is your Mini-14 magazine destination! Shop our full collection of factory and aftermarket magazines today and enjoy reliable firepower in virtually any environment.