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

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Old 02-15-2011, 05:19   #1
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Police/LE/Corrections Use of the Mini-14

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The Dept of Corrections here in KY have used Mini 14s for years now.
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I just picked up a 186 series GB from CDNN. The salesman told me their stock was from the New Jersey Department of Corrections. It was in very good shape, but a bit weathered. I'm currently cleaning and restoring the finish on it, and when it's completed, I'll post up some pics.
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i have a good friend who was a guest of the state of Indiana before he found god. He knew exactly what my mini was as soon as i took it out of the case. he has personally seen 200 yard shots take down inmates. after a range sesion he said "nice to be on this end of the gun for once"
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Ga,NC ,MI, SC and California Department of Correction used them
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The municipal agency I work for uses Mini-14's and AR15's for the rifle team (not the same as the SWAT team).
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NYS Dept of Corrections use the AR,all officers must qualify with them also.
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My 186 series Mini 14 was from the Nebraska State Police.
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At one time Ruger had the LE/Corrections market all sewed up. Unfortunately, Ruger failed to stay on top of the Mini and continue to let it evolve. The end result is they lost many of those contracts and their edge. It would be nice if Ruger would at least try to get it back. kwg
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Some Correctional Centers in Virginia used Mini-14's, others 30-30 Winchesters or Marlins or Ar's. They have since all gone to AR's. This was back in the late 70's.
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Originally Posted by kwg020 View Post
At one time Ruger had the LE/Corrections market all sewed up. Unfortunately, Ruger failed to stay on top of the Mini and continue to let it evolve. The end result is they lost many of those contracts and their edge. It would be nice if Ruger would at least try to get it back. kwg
The major problem is that the Federal government has been giving AR's away like candy. It doesn't matter if you're selling 40 watt plasma rifles for $1,000 each, you can't beet free/subsided low price.

Once the Federal government defaults and can't give away stuff like that then perhaps we may see a transition back to the Mini.

I do know that at least one county has a Mini-14 in the arms room. (That I was installing a camera in.) I couldn't see if it was an ACC-556 or not.
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I saw a show about prisons in Alabama. The guards who patrol the outer gate in EVERY ONE of the prisons they showed .. carry a mini! Plus, in the main cell block at Shelby, the guard in the video room has a mini just in case a riot breaks out.
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Just out of curiosity, why did the Mini become such a popular weapon among law enforcement? Particularly in the case of the various state corrections departments? I would imagine that in the 1950's and 1960's, there were probably hundreds of thousands of surplus M1 Garands and M1 Carbines that could be had for very cheap - probably far cheaper than purchasing new rifles.

FWIW, I recall a scene from "Escape from Alcatraz" (the Clint Eastwood movie), in which one of the guards is shooting at a target attached to a moving clothesline - and he's using an M1 Carbine.

Also, in The Longest Yard (the good one with Burt Reynolds - not the stupid new one with Adam Sandler) - in the scene where the guard captain thinks Reynolds is trying to escape with the crowd, he points what appears to be a Ruger PC-9 carbine at him.
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I'd guess it was that .. plus the benefits of the Mini being affordable/lightweight/compact/high-cap/reliable. There are plenty of other benefits you get from the Mini as well. Another notable thing might be the fact that it's VERY user friendly!

If you are a prison guard and a huge riot breaks out, or a guy is escaping .. if you've got an AR-15 .. you have to fiddle around with different features on different parts of the gun to do your job. Not so complicated to us, but to a guy with his adrenaline rushing .. whom probably RARELY has to use a firearm .. and potentially doesn't do much training with that particular rifle .. it might cause trouble. With a Mini, you charge the chamber and you're ready to roll. The safety won't be engaged if the gun isn't cocked so there's nothing else to fool around with! It's just simple, and plain easy to use under stress!
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CM, very interesting thread. Also, I'd like to commend you for your addition to this board. Your posts are always polite and informative, unlike a lot of our board "veterans" who have nothing to share but the bad taste in their mouth.
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Originally Posted by cqbinkalifornia View Post
Wasnt that part of a bigger article about how they were training regular cops in assisting with terrorist attacks, etc.?

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"Just out of curiosity, why did the Mini become such a popular weapon among law enforcement? Particularly in the case of the various state corrections departments? I would imagine that in the 1950's and 1960's, there were probably hundreds of thousands of surplus M1 Garands and M1 Carbines that could be had for very cheap - probably far cheaper than purchasing new rifles."

30-06 too much
30 carbine too little
.223 just right, also the NATO round
Besides, pop any mini apart and clean it, then any other rifle, it is the KISS autoloader.
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I think another reason for the Minis dominance of the LE/corrections role at one time is that it would have been very familiar to those who were involved with procurement of arms at the time, I.E. WW2/Korea and 'Nam vets.
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