While the AR-15 has become the go-to patrol rifle for the vast majority of law enforcement agencies, some departments prefer a rifle that looks a little less like the currently issued battle rifle. Like it or not, politics plays into to these choices, and perception is very important for some agencies.
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One of the alternatives for many years has been the Ruger Mini-14. With its accuracy and reliability, this platform remains a favorite for many. While it’s currently chambered in 5.56mm NATO, Ruger has created a version in 300 Blackout, a cartridge that has taken the tactical rifle market by storm.
The Mini-14 utilizes an action similar to the Garand’s, with a right-side-mounted charging handle and a long-stroke fixed piston operating system.
The 300 BLK Mini-14 features a cold-hammer-forged, 16.12-inch barrel with a 1-in-7-inch twist rate and a flash suppressor. The muzzle also sports 5/8×24 threading for adding a sound suppressor, muzzle brakes and other devices.
Weighing in at 6.75 pounds unloaded, the Mini-14 is very handy, and its black synthetic stock is very durable.
The rifle sports a fixed front blade sight and an adjustable rear aperture sight, and my test rifle came with a scope mount that was perfect for sights and optics, including the Trijicon RMR I used during testing. It also comes with two 20-round magazines.
I also mounted a SureFire flashlight, and I ran the rifle with a few EliteIron accessories, including the company’s new BattleDog sound suppressor, as well as just the Bravo 1 muzzle brake with a cover.
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Check out the video below to see the new Ruger Mini-14 in action, and keep your eyes peeled for a full review in an upcoming issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT. To subscribe, visit Tactical-life.com/subscribe.
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