Ruger Mini 14 Mini 30 Deerfield Carbine Complete Guide Book - Gun Guides
Ruger Mini-14, Mini Thirty & Deerfield Carbine– Gun Guides
to use -- Comb binding lies open and flat on your work surface.
pages & 66 high-resolution grayscale images.
cover. Bright white paper.
only current printed manual that includes information on ALL models from 1972 ~
all serial numbers and manufacturer dates for all models from 1972 ~ 2015!
includes chapters on Safety, Operational Background, Accessories, The Mini-14,
Disassembly, and Reference.
Standard Sights – Elevation
Standard Sights – Windage
Ranch Sights – Elevation
Ranch Sights - Windage
Magazine Check List
Barrel and Receiver
Standard Recoil Spring
Ranch Recoil Spring
Standard Bolt Stop
Ranch Bolt Stop Assembly
Parts – Standard Upper
Parts – Standard Lower
Parts – Ranch Upper
ALL serial number and manufacturing dates from 1972 ~ 2004
first glance the Mini-14 looks very similar to a combination of a M1 Garand
Rifle’s rotating bolt and the overall appearance of
US Military M14. The M1 Garand (.30.-06 caliber) was adopted by the US Army in
1932 and was carried by most US troops until the 1950’s. The M14 (.308 caliber)
was adopted by the US Army in 1957 and was later replaced by the current
AR-15/M-16 rifle. (.223 / 5.65mm caliber).
and Series of the Mini-14
Ruger Mini-14 was designed by Bill Ruger. Early versions from 1972 ~ 1975 were
produced in Southport, Connecticut and have serial numbers with the three digit
prefix of “180”.
Ruger Mini-14 180 series have a few minor internal and external design changes
that make it incompatible with most of the commercial and aftermarket
accessories that are specifically made for the later 181 and 182 series rifles.
early 180 series rifles are sought after by collectors.
“shooters” prefer the later models.
Ruger Mini-14 series 181 was introduced in 1977 and offered an updated rear
site, a larger gas piston, magazine release, and a modified bolt mechanism. In
1980 Ruger added a series 182 which introduced a new satin finish to the
Mini-14. Early stainless-steel receivers were recalled due to cracking because
of excessive hardening of the metal during production. Recalled stainless guns
had a serial number below 182-51929. Ruger Rifles that have been repaired have
two proof marks. (“R” in circle.)
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