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Old 02-17-2011, 03:30   #76
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That's about how far back my ATN night vision scope sits on a 10-22, I think the bottom is a mounting rail. Ya wouldn't want that on a .308, it would leave a mark.
Yep, the old scope lipstick mark from when the scope gives you a little kiss.

If that happens your other guns might get jealous when you come home with a lipstick mark.
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Old 02-17-2011, 13:51   #82
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New to the forum but I really got into this thread and how respectful everyone on the site are. I have been Ruger fan my entire life and have several handguns and have had a couple mini's. Thanks to you all who have posted and give the mini the credit it is due.
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Old 02-17-2011, 14:10   #83
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A platoon of French Gendarmes on inspection.

So that's where those stocks come from that Numrich once had.
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Those stocks look exactly like my M1 Carbine.
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Old 02-17-2011, 16:30   #85
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"The GB profile stands out and would provide a familiar sight to those hardened men below."

Speaking of that, while I wouldn't want to charge a beachhead with a bayo on a mini the fact you can attach one to the old GBs would keep a bunch of idiots out past arms reach.
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DiN BLIX, I think you're on to something. when I started in Law Enforcement in 1996, there were still many Vietnam veterans who had not yet retired. I would venture a guess, but as many vets came home from the war and got into law enforcement, and as those vets got promoted or put in charge of firearms training, etc., many may have used their influence to help their dept's acquire Mini-14's, as I'm sure many of those vets harbored some less-than-warm-fuzzie feelings about their M-16's. I knew several who felt that way. I think the Mini 14 is a great LE carbine, though I would like to see the old ones replaced with the 581 series. Though I carry a dept. issued Colt M4 in my car, I do own three 580-1 series Mini's myself.
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Old 02-18-2011, 18:33   #91
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California Highway Patrol used mini-14's for several years (10 years), then switched to AR-15's starting in the mid-90's. After 9-11, Calif Nat'l Gaurd phased out their M-16A2's and gave a bunch to CHP. Now every patrol car is equipped with the 870 and M-16.

Calif Dept of Corrections uses the LE version of the mini-14.
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:26   #96
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Canadians and Carbines

In the mid 80's I was in Canada as a visiting LE Officer.
The Canadian Police Officers from Regina and surrounding areas were a
great bunch of guys. they were pretty much a mirror of American Police officers ( they did think , at first, that American cops " carried a .45 in there
boot and were looking for trouble ".
All of them liked the Mini-14 and talked about the high cost of one, in Canada.
When we got to Winnipeg we visited the Canadian Mounties. When we toured their armory we found these wooden crates with U.S. ordinance markings.
The mounty showing us around said that when the Queen of England visited
a bunch of their Officers whent thru special SAS training. Then they contacted the US Government about getting some rifles for special security detail use.
The US, being very generous sent them some crates of M-16 s. The problem , as it turned out, was that Canadian LE Officers weren't allowed to
use rifles that were full/automatic. It didn't matter that you could just set the selector switch to single shot.
So the brand new rifles sat there , unused.
They should have sent Mini-14 's.
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USFWS Refuge Officer Brett Hartwig helps WVDNR Sgt. Bill
Persinger load firearms into a vehicle for transport and distribution
to West Virginia conservation officers.



Edit: Note the number of Mini's in the back of that truck. That saying rings true about LE Mini's. "Handled often, but hardly shot". I bet those will have a lot of scrapes and scratches upon delivery.



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WVDNR Sgt. David Trader receives a firearm from USFWS
Refuge Officer Brett Hartwig during the transfer at the
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Originally Posted by CM2RAS View Post
New to the forum but I really got into this thread and how respectful everyone on the site are. I have been Ruger fan my entire life and have several handguns and have had a couple mini's. Thanks to you all who have posted and give the mini the credit it is due.
Hi CM2RAS, Welcome, I agree this is a great forum and this thread in particular is really interesting!

I would like to thank C.Montague for all these great historical photos!
It's remarkable all the agencies that utilize the Mini14 throughout the world. I didn't realize it was so widely distributed...very interesting thread!

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Old 02-20-2011, 02:43   #100
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August 2005. Law enforcement arms itself again with the Mini-14 to deal with lawlessness in the streets of New Orleans.



The Mini-14, a true and proven "Katrina rifle".
But ya just gotta wonder how well that HUGE mag works.
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