Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30 Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30 family of rifles

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Old 03-26-2010, 14:00   #1
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Mini 14 Serial numbers and year they were produced

I just joined this forum when I became interested in buying a mini 14 and had trouble learning which one to buy. Did discover that I should be looking for a 581 series over a 580 series but hard to tell what series a mini is by looking at it.

I think I've come a little closer in determining the years the series started diverging and came across this on the Ruger site to tell what year a mini was made according to it's serial number.

Looks like any with the 580 in the first numbers where the "New Series" or 581 series which are more desirable.

Hope this info helps others and that it's not a repeat that can be found elsewhere here but I couldn't locate it.
Roy

Directly from the Ruger web site.

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Mini-14 Rifle
(Manufactured from 1974 to 1977)
Caliber: .223 Rem.
Beginning Serial Number: Years of Production:
180-00001 1974
180-05101 1975
180-28282 1976
180-59251 1977


Beginning Serial Number: Years of Production:
181-07488 1978
181-48351 1979
181-84879 1980
182-45601 1981
183-03581 1982
183-40455 1983
184-17175 1984
184-26063 1985
184-95448 1986
185-14140 1987
185-50455 1988
185-56556 1989
185-81009 1990
186-05029 1991
186-18250 1992
186-20065 1993
186-31116 1994
186-42502 1995
186-58133 1996
186-66855 1997
186-81445 1998
186-87432 1999
*196-06325 2000
*196-44553 2001
*196-80982 2002
*196-99207 2003
*197-12180 2004

Mini-14 Ranch Rifle
(Manufactured from 1982 - 2004)
Caliber: .222 Rem., .223 Rem.
Beginning Serial Number: Years of Production:
187-00001 1982
187-02611 1983
187-13218 1984
187-27226 1985
187-50919 1986
187-59308 1987
187-70033 1988
187-84127 1989
188-01157 1990
188-30499 1991
188-50902 1992
188-66901 1993
188-71086 1994
188-85981 1995
195-06037 1996
195-27761 1997
195-44221 1998
195-63542 1999
196-06325 2000
196-44553 2001
196-80982 2002
196-99207 2003
197-12180 2004

New Mini-14 Ranch Rifle
Caliber: .223 Rem.
Beginning Serial Number: Years of Production:
580-00001 2005
580-15286 2006
580-32382 2007
580-50951 2008
580-76276 2009

The above chart shows the approximate first serial number shipped for the indicated year. This number should be used as a point of reference only. It is not necessarily the very first serial number shipped, but it can be used to determine the approximate year your Ruger firearm was shipped.
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