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I just picked up a new-to-me mini-14, a really good deal from a friend thinning out his gun vault.

It's serial number 186-301XXX. From some of the information I've seen it may be one of the last pre-ban mini's. It's a great gun deal from a good friend, so either way I'm happy to have a mini again. Being a pre-ban would just make it sweeter.

Thanks for any light you can shed on the subject.
 

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Congrats!!! If this rifle is the standard Ruger Mini, meaning not a folder or GB.....pre or post ban mean little. Shoot and enjoy it. Best LTS
 

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Supertrunk,
Anything made before Sept, 14 1994 is considered pre-ban. Yours was made sometime around the early 90's and therefore pre-ban, although with the Mini that means little.

However I like the earlier series for other reasons. One they seem to be slightly better manufactured and seem to shoot a little better. They also seem to be more tolerant of cheap aftermarket magazines (mag latches are slightly longer).

Send me an e-mail directly at the address below and I'll send you some accurizing info. I can get just about any Mini shooting 1-2moa and so can you.
Congrats,
Mike in Oregon
 

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Ruger has a number you can call and get the month and year of manufacture. That way you can be absolutely sure when it was made. I think its on their website.

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Rifles 1983-1993 Centerfire Rifles 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993
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Mini-14 183-40455 184-17175 184-26063 184-95448 185-14140 185-50455 185-56556 185-81009 186-05029 186-18250 188-66901
Mini-14 Ranch 187-02611 187-13218 187-27226 187-50919 187-59308 187-70033 187-84127 188-01157 188-30499 188-50902 188-66901


Preban or not.....it don`t mean squat. LTS
 

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is the 186 prefix the year designator, or is it the following numbers? mine is a 186-988XX gun. i wouldnt think that its NOT a preban since i bought it new maybe six or seven months ago.

more to the point, preban guns are legal with side folders, are they not?
 

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The final answer, I went to the Ruger web site www.ruger.com.
and I found the phone number to the records department.
It is 603-863-3300 call between 8-4:30 EST. have your serial# ready. I did this a few weeks ago the woman was very helpful they can give you the month and year.
My Mini-14 is 186-99*** and was made in NOV 99. Hope this helps

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