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I bought this mini 14 new in 1977. Does anyone else have n like this? It was made in Southport, CT and in another post someone said these are more rare. It also has the inscription "MADE IN THE 200th YEAR OF AMERICAN LIBERTY" on it.
 

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That's an original 180 series Mini14 which was discontinued and is no longer supported by the factory. There's nothing "wrong" with it, but Ruger redesigned the rifle with the 181 series, most notably with changes to the gas block and ejector/bolt lock. It's not extremely rare and collectible, yet. The more time goes by the more they will become so. I typically see up to a dozen a year in the shop. In other words a little shooting won't hurt the value if you want to enjoy it.
 

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I took it out and shot it for the first time in over 25 years about 2 months ago. Back in 1977 I paid $179.99 for the Mini 14 and decided to leave it in its original configuration and "retired" it. I have been looking to get another magazine for it, can you tell me if i need a special magazine since its a 180 series? I have since bought a Rock River ATH, added a Nikon M223 3 x 12 scope and joined a range to get back into shooting.
 

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The OEM standard & modern mags(5,-20-& 30 rds.)for mini's & ranch will fit and run the best. Be judicious, & USE YOUR DISCRETION IN AFTERMARKET TYPES. [cheapos are only for plinking]
 

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just an FYI, recommend you pixelate the serial number in your pic...

can't be too careful these days. :(
 

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just an FYI, recommend you pixelate the serial number in your pic...

can't be too careful these days. :(
I've seen serial numbers blocked out all over the internet but can't understand what the purpose of doing this is? What information could someone possibly get from the S/N? Especially from a gun I bought from another individual and no FFL paperwork was done? Even if it went thru my FFL those records are buried in his file system so can anyone explain this logic? Thanks
 

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I've seen serial numbers blocked out all over the internet but can't understand what the purpose of doing this is? What information could someone possibly get from the S/N? Especially from a gun I bought from another individual and no FFL paperwork was done? Even if it went thru my FFL those records are buried in his file system so can anyone explain this logic? Thanks
my rifle was stolen.. the serial number was bla bla bla.. honest.. its mine
 

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That mini is my age! I was born in December 1977. I love the newer mini's tho. I have a 581 series and love it but woulden't mind owning an ol' 77 :)
 

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That gun was built in 1976, the Bicentennial. Its called the Bicentennial model. I have a 10/22 that has that stamped on the barrel. I bought it new in 1976. I looked up the value on the 10/22 it and it was listed at $400. Yours should be worth a few hundrerd more than a 1977 model to collectors. If you've already shot it, no big deal but I would be careful and try not to scratch the stock or let it pit.
 

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Do you still have the box and manual? That would be important to a collector!
A tree fell through my roof yesterday and I just found all my boxes!! A mini may have to go!
 
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