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Old 03-15-2010, 08:03 PM
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just wonderin on everyones opinions and thoughts are on the two. Which you would pick and why. Everything from survival to tactical function and durabililty.
Old 03-15-2010, 08:11 PM
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There's simply no contest between the two
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two different weapons same round...
Old 03-15-2010, 08:18 PM
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AR all the way. I might be biased as I have a personal AR that is top line, lefty, aimpoint, flip up iron sights, and flip to the side 3X MAG. However my Mini is a 15 yr old worn out piece of junk that goes with the 10 year old cars that us reserve deputies drive.
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I pick the Mini every time.
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Mini would be an ok back up to the AR... the non chrome lined barrel is what sways me away from buying one.
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I own both. Depends on your use.

AR Mags are cheeper, after market work fine

Mini 14 Mags Factory are expensive and the only way to go (Jury out on Tapco $12)

AR has a ton more aftermarket parts, Mini doesnt.

AR was designed as a battlerifle, Mini is a truck / ranch rifle.

Both go bang when fired.
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The Mini is a decent, reliable rifle, but suffers from mediocre accuracy, expensive magazines, and a lack of really good accessories. The AR, on the other hand, has everything the mini does plus cheap magazines, better ergonomics, better accessories, and 40 years of combat experience backing it all up. I'd have to say the AR is overall a much better choice.
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No question about it .........................................AR, every time
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I've shot both quite a bit. The AR feels more refined (less recoil and noise). It does have more accessories available. The Mini has looser tolerances which yeilds better reliability, but slightly less accurate. Stay away from the older Minis as they were miserable in the accuracy department.

All of that has to be said with the following in mind: the Mini is HALF the price of a good AR and super reliable. The AR shoots the same round. Either will likely work for you, but you'll still only be shooting .223 even if you spend twice as much on the gun.

My take: get the Mini with ATI tactical stock. You'll pay half as much and still have $$ left for mags and/or an Eotech.
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If I see another this gun vs that gun thread I think I'm gonna throw up.
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You opened up the page!
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I'm surprised all the M-14/ M1A guys aren't coming out of the woodwork in support of the Mini-14. What gives?
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Mini-14....I love,not my first choice,and it is not a M-14!
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Mini-14 is not a M-14!
I know. It's just a scaled down version, isn't it? I'm always amazed how people here will tout the M1A as the best battle rifle ever, but the Mini-14 is almost shunned.
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If I see another this gun vs that gun thread I think I'm gonna throw up.
Stay clear of your keyboard then

That would make for one heck of a mess.

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Ruger,hurt themselves with there anti-gun...we won't sell you parts or hi-cap mags,the public is to stupid attitude.They got left in the dust. The new Ruger company has listened to the public but ...I think it is too late.
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Ar before mini 14 all day long!!!!
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I own both. Depends on your use.

AR Mags are cheeper, after market work fine

Mini 14 Mags Factory are expensive and the only way to go (Jury out on Tapco $12)

AR has a ton more aftermarket parts, Mini doesnt.

AR was designed as a battlerifle, Mini is a truck / ranch rifle.

Both go bang when fired.
Totally agree.

I have both. The AR (Bushmaster in my case) is very accurate but requires a level of training and experience to employ effectively. It's my primary field rifle.

The Mini-14 is great for a backup rifle to share the same rounds, doesn't require the training and experience to operate (and clear malfunctions) as the AR. It's not good for accurate shooting at range (+100 meters) because the barrel tends to walk a bit. Definitely a good gun to assign to the females or younger members of the team.
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Not too big a fan of modern-ish rifles, but the Mini 14 is one of my favourite firearms :D
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