Perfect Union banner

1 - 13 of 13 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
OK, I have been thinking about getting a Mini 30 for a while (before the latest rush to ban assault rifles). The Ruger site has new ones for under $1000 and the local sporting goods store (I'm in Texas BTW) had them a little cheaper 3 months ago. I have not checked locally lately.

So my dumb question is: I have seen some ad's on some online gun sellers for prices closer to $2000 for a NIB Mini 30. So why would I buy from an online site for a premium price when I could buy local? Do these sites cater to people in states who cannot buy locally?

I've got a couple of pistols but do not have a rifle and I kind of like the Mini 30 from reading about it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10,484 Posts
If you can order for less than $1000, go for it. I saw one at LGS for $1085 and considered buying it and selling it for $1600 online. Things are extremely crazy on prices and will stay that way for another month or till most of the gun nuts max out all their credit cards. It will take a month or 3 for the back orders to get caught up.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
I can guarantee that your LGS has been cleaned out. Good luck with that!
I am new here so I guess LGS is Local Gun Shop? There is a Gander Mountain and an Academy close by and I might check there. I assume that the online auction sites do not do a background check which might be why the prices are so much higher.

I really should have bought a Mini-30 several years ago when my Father-in-Law was a caretaker for a 2000 acre ranch 300 miles away in South Texas and I could have hunted wild hogs (no deer hunting allowed there unless invited by ranch owner).
 

·
USAF SF
Joined
·
220 Posts
I would NOT pay anywhere close to $1000 for a Mini.

I mean, if you've got money to throw around, go for it. However, all of the Minis sold around here (New and Used) were from $600-$800. This was before the gun scare, but this is also closer to the value of this weapons platform anyways. For $1000 or more, you can start looking at the more sophisticated and reliable platforms such as the M1A.

Granted, right now prices are up, but I wouldn't give $1000 for a Mini.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
156 Posts
$1000 is too much BUT not for the tactical model.... not if (for example) a new AWB is passed like NY just did... meaning only ONE evil feature will make a gun an "assault rifle"... like the Mini-30 Tactical with it's flash hider = banned.

Regular Mini-30 seems to be ok so far, however I did see an "updated" list of the guns added to a possible new assault weapons ban (guns banned by name), and while the Mini-30 wasn't on that list, the Mini-14 was, and there is also the "substantially similar" clause to worry about.

Personally, in normal times, $1000 is too much for a regular mini-30. But these aren't normal times. Up to you of course.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
I checked the Ruger site and their SRP is currently around $1000 for most all models of Mini-14 and Mini-30. I admit that I do not remember what the prices were last November and I think they were lower like around $875.

I'm sure nobody knows for sure what Executive order will be law, but a mini-30 with wood or polymer stock and a 5 rd clip would not fall under a ban. If someone bought one like that and then got an aftermarket pistol grip, folding polymer stock and an aftermarket 30rd clip, the resulting combo would cost much less than you could buy from a store.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
156 Posts
The TACTICAL could fall under the ban, as the new ban could have ONLY ONE evil feature required to label the weapon "assault", instead of the TWO features it was previously. The flash hider (or threaded barrel itself) could be that one evil feature.

The Mini-30 Tactical was selling online for $700-$750 about 4-5 months ago.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
7,374 Posts
I think that probably the demand is so high now because the AK guys are worried about thier guns being banned. The thirty gives then a detachable magazine platform in the same popular caliber (7.62x39).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
602 Posts
I think that probably the demand is so high now because the AK guys are worried about thier guns being banned. The thirty gives then a detachable magazine platform in the same popular caliber (7.62x39).
LOL If people are buying M30s its because they are cheaper than AKs. I guess you havent beem pricing AKs lately. I have been seeing good ones with milled recievers go for over $2000. Even Romanian WASR AKs are going for around 1K and up these days. I sure wish I had a crate of them to sell. Wasn't that long ago you could buy WASRs for under $400 .
I would not buy any semi auto rifle at todays inflated prices. Wait a while till things settle down.
Tell ya what. If somebody just has to have one.. I will gladly trade my M30 for 1 oz of gold. I'll even throw in 100 rounds of ammo.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
7,374 Posts
LOL If people are buying M30s its because they are cheaper than AKs. I guess you havent beem pricing AKs lately. I have been seeing good ones with milled recievers go for over $2000. Even Romanian WASR AKs are going for around 1K and up these days. I sure wish I had a crate of them to sell. Wasn't that long ago you could buy WASRs for under $400 .
I would not buy any semi auto rifle at todays inflated prices. Wait a while till things settle down.
Tell ya what. If somebody just has to have one.. I will gladly trade my M30 for 1 oz of gold. I'll even throw in 100 rounds of ammo.
Don't be suprized if you get an offer. Iv'e already got mine, so I'm good to go.
 
1 - 13 of 13 Posts
Top