For what you are wanting the gun for the mini is a good gun. I do own one and I used one in my last job in Law Enforcement. I have seen the mini in action and every time the gun was properly aimed and fired it hit it's intended target... Wait there was one incident but the sights had been messed with.. I probably shouldn't be telling that one even though the Law Suits were settled long ago... I like mine but to be honest you can make an AR more accurate. I got a great price on mine and I will keep it and use it but I am also building 2 AR as we speak! I used to qualify quarterly at work with the Mini and I never got below 90% with it. I can't remember shooting less that 98% but I am sure sometime in 23 yrs I had to have at least once But I was on the SWAT Team and we were required to shoot at 90% or higher and I always did. That was probably way more than you wanted but don't worry what others say. If your buddy gets an AR then have him show you where it is worth the extra $$$$ to switch!Well may I make it more clear that this rifle is used for Self Defense a little more than Home Defense such as a truck gun or Bug Out gun.
AR-15's have been marketed very well and have taken over the black rifle market. Due to the modular design it can be decked out to any flavor you choose. Your Mini-14 is just as capable as an AR. Tell your buddy to kick rocks. Some people trash other people's stuff. You're never going to please those people. Even among AR enthusiasts there is a bunch of trash talk. For example; DPMS is trash, I only run Wilson Combat, the HK AR is the best AR period, You need a bull barrel for real accuracy, you need to free float your barrel and lose the factory handguard set up and you need a single/2 point/3point sling. I've heard all those things. Run what you brung.
On a side note. The last shooting session I participated in a DPMS cheapo rifle beat everyone else's AR's including my Rock River and several higher end guns.
I've never understood why people have such a problem with DPMS. I have one of theirs in .308 and they guarantee 1/2 MOA on the gun. If you can get a gun with the accuracy you need at 1/2 or 2/3 the price of a 'high end' gun, and customize it how you like (which, for me, none of the high end makers offered the stock or grips that I wanted anyway) and still spend less, what's the point? Even if you want a two stage trigger, you can get one from RRA for $120 or spend double that on the Geiselle, and you'll still have spent less. There's really only so much you can do to a gun. Of course, I feel the same way about $3k 1911s. I don't believe that a $3k 1911 can do anything that a lesser, upgraded, 1911 can't do for 1/2, or even less, of the cost. You might get a lot with them, but you're still paying a hefty price for the name, and the declining quality of many 'high end' gun makers demonstrates that.On a side note. The last shooting session I participated in a DPMS cheapo rifle beat everyone else's AR's including my Rock River and several higher end guns.
I currently own a Ruger Mini-14 Tactical with regular synthetic stock and I love it.
My buddy is in the market for an AR-15 and he is telling me I need to get one as well that my Mini-14 doesnt match up for personal defense.
Any thoughts? Thanks
wait until you shot some robber, that will change your mind for a SG for HD. One clean up session is all you need to change it and you will never get all the brain matter out the crook and cranniesWhat does he think is wrong with the Mini-14? I don't see the problem with using it for home defense - if you're going to use a rifle in the first place. frankly I prefer the shotgun for home defense long gun.
That's why you have your home owners insurance take care of a arranging a remediation company for the cleanup. Who cleans up their own crime scenes anyway?Tape said:wait until you shot some robber, that will change your mind for a SG for HD. One clean up session is all you need to change it and you will never get all the brain matter out the crook and crannies
Yeah... You speak from personal experience?yeah ok, when the smell comes back in a few weeks call your insurance co again, don't listen to someone that knows.
I love the mini 14. Second rifle I ever bought. (10/22 was the first) I still have it and still love it. If I didn't have other carbines more suited for defense I would not hesitate to use it for home defense.