The RUGER MINI-14 rifle is a gas operated, semi-automatic firearm chambered for the .223 (5.56mm) caliber U.S. military and commercially manufactured cartridges. It is box magazine fed with magazines available to hold 5, 10, 20, 30, and 40 rounds each. A 75 round rotary drum magazine is also available.

The MINI-14 takes its basic mechanical properties from the U.S. military Garand family of weapons, somewhat resembling a scaled-down M-14 externally. The internal parts of the MINI-14 have had several minor changes from the military M-14 rifle.

Hardened chrome molybdenum steel is used in the breech and firing mechanisms. Spring reliability is provided through the use of music wire coil springs.

The MINI-14 has become very popular since its introduction in 1972. Many law enforcement agencies and some governments are choosing the MINI-14 for specialized and general applications.

One of the contributing factors to its popularity is its reasonable cost. 1982 prices of approximately $285.00 for the blue version and $350.00 for the stainless gun make it a qood investment. Compared to the approximate $540.00 required for a Colt AR-15 and an extra $100.00 to $150.00 for the parts to convert it to full auto, the RU6ER is a practical choice for many people with inflation riddled budgets.

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