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Old 09-08-2010, 15:18   #1
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New Mini 30 Tactical



New model from Ruger. Check out that barrel!

http://www.ruger.com/products/miniTh...eets/5854.html
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Old 09-08-2010, 15:31   #2
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Just got the e-mail from Ruger on that. Now thats the barrel profile I wish they put on the Mini-14 in the first place. Looks pretty nice, I just might be in the market for a Mini-30 tactical...
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Old 09-08-2010, 15:34   #3
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That is awesome
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just got the email too. Hopefully they will be availible soon so i can go finger one.
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Old 09-08-2010, 17:17   #6
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From the email:
The Mini Thirty® Tactical Rifle
Announcing a new model of the simple, rugged and reliable Mini Thirty® Rifle, the Mini Thirty Tactical Rifle. Like all Ruger® Mini Thirty rifles, which have been extremely popular since first introduced in 1991, the Mini Thirty Tactical allows shooters to fire the 7.62 X 39 round in an affordable, quality, American-made auto-loading rifle. The Mini Thirty Tactical has a blued 16-1/8" barrel with flash suppressor and comes with a black synthetic stock. The rifle weighs approximately 6.75 pounds, has an overall length of 37.5 inches, and is shipped with one 20-round magazine. The sighting system on the Mini Thirty Tactical includes an adjustable "ghost ring" aperture rear sight and a protected, non-glare post front sight. Patented Ruger scope bases are machined directly into the receiver and can never shoot loose. A set of Ruger scope rings is included at no charge with each rifle. Side ejection of cartridge cases easily clears the lowest-mounted optics, and a patented recoil buffer helps protect optics from damage from repeated firing.
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Old 09-08-2010, 17:44   #7
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Got have one! Need a range report from the first lucky one.
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"HEAVY, HAMMER-FORGED BARREL for extra rigidity and accuracy."
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SON OF A BEE STING!
That barrel looks good.
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Drooooooooool!
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Old 09-08-2010, 18:07   #11
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"I GOTTA get me one of those!"
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Old 09-08-2010, 18:10   #12
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and is so nice to be know that the mini30's "....have been extremely popular since first introduced in 1991...". Thanks for the info
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Old 09-08-2010, 18:13   #13
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will we hear more "scallops stories".....?

( I know nobody wants to hear any firing pin stories, that is for sure)
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Old 09-08-2010, 18:45   #14
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Interesting.... Very interesting I have to say, I like how Ruger is getting aggressive with the Mini line up. There has been complaints here about some quality issues but my 581 M-30 and Ruger's 20 mags have been nothing but aces!
I think Ruger is starting to make a statement..... Something like "Our Carbine will compete with anything out!"
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Old 09-08-2010, 19:12   #15
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Looks really good. One with that profile in 6.8 with spec 2 and 1 in 11 would be perfect. Can you hear me Ruger.
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Ok, with that heavy looking barrel, wonder how they kept the weight down to 6.75lbs? I would like to see them offer a semi-bull barrel Mini 14 tactical. Then I'd grin.
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Old 09-08-2010, 19:23   #17
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Totally awesome!!

The Mini-30 looks stout and ready to rumble in its new tactical form!

I'm with 44thumper...How cool would it be if Ruger used the same rifle blank and offered it with all the currently available calibers of the Mini rifles?
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Old 09-08-2010, 19:28   #18
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will be interesting to see how it shoots
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Originally Posted by TXDS1VET View Post
Ok, with that heavy looking barrel, wonder how they kept the weight down to 6.75lbs? I would like to see them offer a semi-bull barrel Mini 14 tactical. Then I'd grin.

I guess with the shorter barrel
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I guess with the shorter barrel
The spec sheet list the same barrel length as the Mini 14. Same weight too. I'm wondering if the barrel isn't that much thicker. It sure looks different.
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I don't trust this picture. I'll wait to see a real picture of the barrel. If you look at the pictures of the other mini 30 barrels on the website, they look skinnier, but they don't have the taper like we all know they do. So I'll just wait and see.
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Looking at the picture the barrel actually looks like a thinner non-tapered barrel? It does not look as thick as the 581 tapered barrel to me? But Ruger shows the thin barrel in the pics for the new 581 too and we all know it does come with the heavy taper barrel.....
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Old 09-08-2010, 21:34   #23
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I shoulda stopped by here 1st.. I just posted this over at the ZS flamewar.
I want to see the barrel be that thick on the 14 and I would like it to be for the whole length of the barrel and not just the visible part. Ruger would have to tweak the gasblock and op-rod, but I think it would be worth it.
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Old 09-08-2010, 22:49   #24
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Originally Posted by guncats View Post
"HEAVY, HAMMER-FORGED BARREL for extra rigidity and accuracy."
The Ruger website says that word for word about almost all the different model Mini barrels.
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Upon further review, I withdraw my earlier drool until more precincts are heard from.

The "HEAVY, HAMMER-FORGED BARREL for extra rigidity and accuracy" quoted above is a feature noted word for word on Ruger's website for most Mini models already. Nothing new there.

The "patented recoil buffer helps protect optics from damage from repeated firing" quoted above also already exists on Mini-14s and 30s. It's referenced in older owner's manuals. So, nothing new there, either. Of course, they don't say it's new, either. I just assumed.... aha, now I see their plan.

Not having seen a new one in person yet, I'm getting the impression that Ruger simply took the Mini-30, cut 2+" off the muzzle, threaded it and added a FH, and dubbed it the Tactical. Similar to the Mini-14 Tactical. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I hope there's more to it than that. Fingers crossed that the barrel is truly heavier if nothing else.
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