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Old 03-23-2010, 16:23   #1
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Jeff Cooper's 1975 Review of the Mini-14

I'm a longtime visitor but just read here and never had anything worthwhile to post before. I think that changed a few days ago when I came across an old review of the Mini-14 that I don't recall seeing posted anywhere so I scanned it. I'm not the best at scanning, so if you have trouble reading something then click on the high resolution link and then click again on the new picture for a much larger version. It will be easier to read but is way too big to post.



Jeff Cooper's 1975 Review of the Mini-14

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Old 03-23-2010, 16:32   #2
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Thanks....good read!
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nice find! thanks for posting it.
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The 20 round mag looks different than my new ones. The bottom looks more like an M14 slope.

Were the 20 rounders available originally?
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I think it's cool that the Colonel called the Mini-14 a "ranch gun" in 1975, and Ruger later created the "Ranch Rifle" with a better sight and scope mounts -- the two issues addressed in this article. Interesting...
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Man, that is gold. Pure gold. One helluva first post,TF.

I do remember when the earlier Minis had a wood upper shroud. I think they went to plastic around the time they first started using the name "Ranch Rifle". So, was this where they got the idea? Why would I not think so?

A fascinating look back at one of the most successful commercially produced firearms of the past half-century ...

... by one of the truly great Americans of the past half-century.

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I have that article buried in my archives. It's the one that talked me into buying my first Mini 14. I figured that if Col. Cooper didn't say it was a piece of crap, it was OK to own.
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Old 03-24-2010, 01:52   #8
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Thanks for the find Tango, best first post ever!

I miss the Colonel, one of my favorite writers though I forgot his knack for hurting my pride. "It is particularly easy for women and girls to use." Ouch!
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Thanks for posting the report . . .

and Welcome to the forum TangoFoxtrot !
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Great post, you should get rookie poster of the year for that one.
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Bump.

Maybe not sticky material, but the OP of this thread is just too good to be allowed to die.
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Great post! I love how the Col. installed a front sight that is almost identicle to the new 580/581 front sight! And the "ranch rifle" thing had to be coined from him too, too cool!
Look at that piece of wood that Ruger sent him You think they knew what a good review from Cooper meant
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Thanks for taking the time to post this. Great article!
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Yeeeeeeesssssssssss!!!

I saved this one.
Great post, thanks. I used to love reading Col. Cooper's writings.
No, scratch that, I still love reading the Col.'s writings, just too bad there is no new material.
R.I.P. Col.
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Thanks, a great read. I'm not so sure the first one's didn't have much better wood than has been available for some time.
Sure would like to have that stock.

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Great article and first post! Nostalgia such as that is priceless! Quote: "and everything the M-16 will do, but better." That should pretty much anger the 'AR-15 only' mini-bashing folk. Oh well, let them get a Ouija board and take it up with the Colonel if it does. I still like both rifles equally myself. Best!

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How about some Pratical Rifle pics TF?

You need to work on that post count!!!
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awesome post!
i love reading old magazine articles

i dont recall ever seeing one with gold bead front sights, i would like to see one of those....
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Thank you for posting the article! The Colonel was a man after my own heart, and Ijust can't help but think he would have absolutely LOVED the 6.8 SPC on the mini platform.
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Bought mine in '76.

Think I read that article back then. It has a lot of miles on it but is still pretty good for hanging over the door. Still pretty much stock except for a "muzzle brake."
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I've always been partial to the 'straight' 20-round magazines and wish Ruger continued in that vein.

Surprised no one mentioned the prototype rear sight - as seen in some of the photos, not all - that was far superior to what eventually was mounted on the production 180 and after Mini's.

Saw one - held one - once. What a beautiful work of art. I wish Ruger had made the 181 and above with the same rear sight as on the prototype.
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nice post TangoFoxtrot!!! Really cool.
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Cooper on one of the great weapons from Bill Ruger. I started reading Cooper's writing as a boy, and his knowledge and wisdom have been a geat influence in my life. The last of his generation of gun scribes, patriot, and a man of high ethic. What more can you say?
He was the father of modern pistol craft and a great teacher of skill at arms.
I still read his work, dictionary close at hand.
The Mini is a favorite of mine, and will be around when I am long gone. Everything Cooper says about it is true. I do not and may never own a M-16, but I will own at least 2 Mini-14s when I die.

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Old 07-08-2010, 10:21   #24
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I remember that article, now that I have seen it again. Thanks for posting.

Mel Tappan thought fairly good about the Mini as well.
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Thanks for taking the time to scan and post this.
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