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Old 09-15-2012, 01:01 AM   #11
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JTJ, I was just about to say something similar. The Mini-14 really is a modernized M-1 Carbine in .223. But there's something about the M-1 Carbine -- a great pistol.

I think he'll be fine with it...
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Thanks for all the comments guys. Just to clarify a few things, I have several other weapons to use for defensive purposes as needed. A Rem 700 in 30-06 for distance, and Rem 870 and Win 1300 Defender for close in, several pistols from 22 to 45 ACP, plus a number of general sporting guns for hunting and plinking. Im' just looking at the M1 Carbine as a light wieght, detachable magazine fed, "grab and go" gun. I am aware of its power limitations, but if I were a thug I would not want several of those 30 Carbine rounds in my torso. And as some of you said, its a heck of a lot of fun to shoot. I like the idea of a recoil pad to lengthen the stock a bit but dont think I need much more modification aside from maybe a good sling and better sights. I have put maybe 1500 rounds through it with no big problems, and don't really see a need to rebuild it. I know that John Farnam's wife Vicki, (Defense Training International) shoots an M1 Carbine and they buy defensive ammo from Corbon that they highly recomend. I have definately considered the Mini 14 and always have my eyes open for a good deal on one that is not beat to death but have not found it yet.

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It was made to be a battle carbine, it was used in a world war, thousands of people have been killed with one. I would say that is a fair recommendation.
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It was made to be a battle carbine, it was used in a world war, thousands of people have been killed with one. I would say that is a fair recommendation.
Thousands of enemy combatants were also not killed by one and kept fighting. Not being restricted to fmj helps and it is better than a 22lr but for a combat weapon it is badly under powered. It was meant to replace a pistol not a battle rifle. Home defense with good ammo would probably work.
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A used mini will cost $400 to $500. You can get a new one for $600. The new ones have a number of improvements. Mostly a better barrel.
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I have to agree it's great for your stated purpose.

There are many modern war rifles which are hard

put to keep pace with lever rifles, Mosin M44s, and

SKSs, in the hands of someone who really knows how

to use them.

I'm a big guy, handling a larger rifle, like a Garand,

comes easy for me. But I've heard from many who

swear by the M1 carbine.
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It's a great carbine. Lightweight and fun to shoot. I had two Inlands at one different times and I liked them a bunch. Load it up with quality defensive ammunition in a fifteen round mag and you should be okay.

Stock up a spare spring set or two and you're good to go.

Personally, I have a Mini 30 now for defense. I got it because I like the heavier 7.62x39 cartridge. I've had three Mini 14's at various times and absolutely love them, but like I said, I prefer the heavier round.
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