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Old 02-23-2012, 15:26   #1
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Question Original folding stock Mini's: How long, how many, how much are they worth?

How long were the original folding stock Mini 14's made? Were Ranch's sold with folders? How many were made and sold approximately?

I first saw them on the A-Team as a kid in the early 80's at about 12-13, and I remembered thinking how inaccurate they must be! You could be shooting at a whole group of bad guys from 15-50 feet away, and never hit anyone.....Ever! They seem to have accuracy of about 6MOA.......That's 6 METERS of angle!

But then again, NONE of the guns used on the A-Team ever hit anyone. You'd have a better chance of being run over by a water buffalo in Manhattan than being shot on the A-Team...That would be a liberal firearms utopia....... People have guns, but nobody ever gets hit by them!

But anyway, I've always liked the look of the folding stock Mini, but I dont know anyone who owns one. I've seen them at shows and stuff(not for sale).

I like the idea of a right hand folder, which makes sense, because if it folded to the left, it would get in the way. Thats the case with my ATI stock, It folds to the left, and gets in the way. If you ever did need to fire it with the stock folded(I wont), it would get in the way, and causes you to have to twist the rifle slightly sideways--Like a wanna be gangster! No thanks.....

How much more expensive were they new vs the standard Mini? How much are they worth?
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I don't know when Ruger started law enforcement sales of this model. To my recollection, civilian sales lasted approx 4 yrs. from 1985 to 1989. The schoolyard shooting in Stockton Ca. led to Ruger withdrawing this model for civilian sales along with thier new policy of no highcap mag sales commercially, except to LE dealers.
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Originally Posted by NorthernSoutherner View Post
How long were the original folding stock Mini 14's made? Were Ranch's sold with folders? How many were made and sold approximately?

I first saw them on the A-Team as a kid in the early 80's at about 12-13, and I remembered thinking how inaccurate they must be! You could be shooting at a whole group of bad guys from 15-50 feet away, and never hit anyone.....Ever! They seem to have accuracy of about 6MOA.......That's 6 METERS of angle!

But then again, NONE of the guns used on the A-Team ever hit anyone. You'd have a better chance of being run over by a water buffalo in Manhattan than being shot on the A-Team...That would be a liberal firearms utopia....... People have guns, but nobody ever gets hit by them!

But anyway, I've always liked the look of the folding stock Mini, but I dont know anyone who owns one. I've seen them at shows and stuff(not for sale).

I like the idea of a right hand folder, which makes sense, because if it folded to the left, it would get in the way. Thats the case with my ATI stock, It folds to the left, and gets in the way. If you ever did need to fire it with the stock folded(I wont), it would get in the way, and causes you to have to twist the rifle slightly sideways--Like a wanna be gangster! No thanks.....

How much more expensive were they new vs the standard Mini? How much are they worth?
I have two Ruger Mini Style platforms. I have a normal blue/wood stock 580 series mini-14, and I have a Blue/Factory Folding Stock AC556 191 series.

The factory folding stock does get in the way even when its folded to the the right. The bar can get in the way of getting to the op rod.

Accuracy? Actually my AC556 is more accurate than my 580 Series mini-14. (Its a difference between a 13" barrel vs a 18" barrel.). This only applies when both guns are compared to semi-auto. On full auto, who cares about accuracy, just follow the rounds to your target.

These days, the folding stocks can go for like 300-400 dollars a copy.
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I too first saw the Mini-14 on the show A-Team. That was the first time I saw a Stainless Steel rifle (pretty cool). Few years later when I was about 18 I saw my first Stainless Mini at the local gun shop and remember how robust and sturdy it felt (I liked all the metal in the action). A few years Later I bought my first Stainless RR.

I always wanted A Factory folder so many years later I bought 2 (stainless and blue) off E-bay...(just the stock). Very nice and expensive... I put the Stainless on my Original RR and the Blue went on a 580 Tactical model.
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Once in awhile you can find factory folding stocks on E-bay but just be warned they are quit expensive $300-$600. Just for the stock. But they are very rare too so I think they are worth it if thats what you want...
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Once in awhile you can find factory folding stocks on E-bay but just be warned they are quit expensive $300-$600. Just for the stock. But they are very rare too so I think they are worth it if thats what you want...
$400 to $500 seems to be the going price on the gun auction sites also. Yes they are rare, and are well made. IMHO the quality of the after market folders don't even come close, unless you prefer all plastic and metal.
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Originally Posted by PABin25 View Post
I too first saw the Mini-14 on the show A-Team. That was the first time I saw a Stainless Steel rifle (pretty cool). Few years later when I was about 18 I saw my first Stainless Mini at the local gun shop and remember how robust and sturdy it felt (I liked all the metal in the action). A few years Later I bought my first Stainless RR.

I always wanted A Factory folder so many years later I bought 2 (stainless and blue) off E-bay...(just the stock). Very nice and expensive... I put the Stainless on my Original RR and the Blue went on a 580 Tactical model.


Are you saying that you were able to just buy the folding stocks, and not the whole rifle? Did Ruger actually sell the folding stocks separately?
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Yes I bought just the stocks off e-bay. I believe Ruger never sold just the folding stocks. A few people take the folders off there guns and sell just the stock. Guess its a way to keep you gun and make some $$.
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