This is a discussion on AR 15 or Mini 14 within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by glockman10mm I will have to disagree somewhat. There is nothing wrong with the mini. Most people couldn't squeeze paper plate accuracy out ...
Shoot a bunch of rounds through a direct impingement AR. Shoot the same number of rounds through a Mini 14. Tear them both down, and see which is easier to clean. The AR poops where it eats. The Mini does not. Nor does the Mini burn off its lube with hot dirty gases in the action.
And while you're tearing them down, be careful not to lose those itty bitty AR pieces in the grass, in the dark. Gotta love them cotter pins and cams...
A Mini breaks down into large pieces that you can't lose.
Had a M-16 in the Army. I'll take my Mini 14 - thanks anyway.
Oh - and if you ever need to butt stroke someone to the head, the Mini (wood/steel) has it all over the AR (plastic/aluminum).
The number of people killed because they didn't have "enough gun" is dwarfed by those who had none at all.
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For what the mini gives you, at a price point not far from an AR, I would (and I did ) go with the AR. But if the mini was ~$500ish, I'd consider it a little longer .... and still buy an AR
Another thing to consider is resale. The AR has a better market share and will hold its value better.
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I really like the Mini14......but not at the price they are being sold. If I could get a mini around $450 I'd buy about 6 of them.
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The AR is inherently more accurate than the Mini 14, has a longer service life, is lego's type user friendly as well as having a much wider choice of accessories and a greater supply of much less expensive magazines.
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Be honest. In a SHTF world, are you really going to be taking 300yrd shots? Do you need accuracy in a defensive rifle/carbine to reach that far? 100yrds or less would be the range in that scenario.
M1A!......... but if you are a 5.56 fan, the AR platform is the way to go. Much cheaper mags. All the buttons and levers in great places. Although most of that issue can be overcome with training. But if you live in the Peoples Republic of California I would go with the mini-14. (Or better yet, ther M1A...... : )
The AR has a lot of options and available accessories. Magazines are plentiful and cheap(ish), its accurate, reliable (in most forms), and very ergonomic.
The Mini-14 has a lot of character and is a fun little carbine.
If I had to choose between the two, I'd get the AR. However, I already have several ARs, and Minis are fun, so I'd likely go that route right now.
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Lob a couple hundred off the cost of your average Mini-14 and I could maybe be persuaded. It is a quality rifle, but personally I just don't see the value when you can get an AR for just a little more. Add in the cost of Ruger magazines and the price difference closes quickly between a Mini and an AR. That being said, for those who hate direct impingement that much, prefer a more classic look, or live in CA, that's likely your best option. I can't imagine many who buy it are disappointed with how well it is put together and its function, but it's not something I would ever choose over the AR platform if I could only have one.