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Old 12-28-2008, 10:26   #1
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Mini-14 conversion to AR mags possible

Can a mini-14 be converted to accept AR-15 magazines? It would certainly make the rifle more versatile.
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Originally Posted by Teapot View Post
Can a mini-14 be converted to accept AR-15 magazines? It would certainly make the rifle more versatile.
It would make getting mags easier and I think there was a thread on this site where somebody was trying to make it work. I've measured the AR-15 mags and they're wider than the Minis mag well.
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I think eagle makes or use to make a Mini 14 and an AR mag that fits both.

I have one in my pile I see what brand it is
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Perhaps removing a bit of metal from the magazine well would do it. I'm not handy but I am sure someone could accomplish it.
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lay an ar15 mag next to a mini14 mag and you'll notice several differences.

these differences would make "converting" an ar15 mag into a mini14 mag quite a bit of work and whether or not it would run, is still debatable.

there were combo mags made years ago, but aside of questionable reliability, they arent that common any more. you can find them here or there, but why not just search out/wait on deals on known mags that work, like precisions?

YMMV of course.
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Originally Posted by Teapot View Post
Perhaps removing a bit of metal from the magazine well would do it. I'm not handy but I am sure someone could accomplish it.
It would require extensive machining of the lower receiver legs and receiver guide rails. A receiver extension would also have to be fabricated to stabilize and lock the AR mags into the Mini receiver. Also would require reworking the bolt hold device.

In other words, it would require redesigning most of the receiver. It would be extremely difficult and cost prohibitive.

Just my 2 cents.
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Well Ruger is selling rifles to the Canadian dealers but they cannot get any magazines. Buyers get one five round mag with the rifle and that's it. They won't send even a five round mag to us over the border.

"Here's a rifle but you'll never be able to get it serviced or buy any spare parts." seems to be the attitude of Ruger. No wonder European firearms are getting more popular. The US Government is putting up a wall between themselves and a good friend and ally. This divisiveness will translate into negative relations just a little bit further down the road.

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Originally Posted by Teapot View Post
Well Ruger is selling rifles to the Canadian dealers but they cannot get any magazines. Buyers get one five round mag with the rifle and that's it. They won't send even a five round mag to us over the border.

"Here's a rifle but you'll never be able to get it serviced or buy any spare parts." seems to be the attitude of Ruger. No wonder European firearms are getting more popular. The US Government is putting up a wall between themselves and a good friend and ally. This divisiveness will translate into negative relations just a little bit further down the road.
It's not just Canada and it's not only rifles. Anything gun related seems to be off limits. I have been trying to buy an ACOG sight out of the US for some months and none of the businesses I have approached have been willing to ship to NZ.

On the mag question, I have a couple of Ramline plastic mags that will fit both the AR and mini. They have never given me a problem in either gun. I think aquiring mags would be about a billion times easier than converting the gun.
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Had to ask. Would have been better had Ruger standardized and used the M-16 mag if they were thinking about a possible military contract way back when.

I'll definitely be looking for magazines. Problem is that AR's rule here and there is all kinds of mags for the black rifle to be easily had. Not so with the somewhat rate Mini-14.
Are there many Mini mags in NZ?
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Originally Posted by Teapot View Post
Had to ask. Would have been better had Ruger standardized and used the M-16 mag if they were thinking about a possible military contract way back when.

I'll definitely be looking for magazines. Problem is that AR's rule here and there is all kinds of mags for the black rifle to be easily had. Not so with the somewhat rate Mini-14.
Are there many Mini mags in NZ?

5 rnd mags are easy to get but still cost about NZ$50. Hi cap mags were declared a prohibited import some years ago. They are around but are REALLY expensive. Any make of 30 rnd mini mag will set you back between 150 -200 bucks. Genuine Ruger 30 rnd mags even more.
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Originally Posted by Teapot View Post
Had to ask. Would have been better had Ruger standardized and used the M-16 mag if they were thinking about a possible military contract way back when.
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remember the mini-14 is a "mini" 14.
the m14 mag works the same way a mini14 mag does. catch pin on the front, rock the mag back in so rear block is caught.
arguably the most reliable rifle in the world has a mag that (basically) functions the same way. the ak47

the ar15 deviated from the m1a design. the mini14 did not.

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