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Old 05-15-2009, 02:30 AM   #11
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A Ruger mini 14 is the rifle you are looking for. They are easy to find, there are a lot of after market parts to make it fit your needs at that price.

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Old 05-15-2009, 03:33 AM   #12
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A Ruger mini 14 is the rifle you are looking for. They are easy to find, there are a lot of after market parts to make it fit your needs at that price.
I agree. I really like the Mini-14 and own two of them.
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If you already have a .22 which is the cheapest ammo to shoot, you might want to handle the SKS and a Mini, to compare ergonomics etc.

My Mini 14 was 100% reliable, and used only newer Russian-made Wolf and S.B. ammo, and despite using the wobbly-fit polymer Promag (30-rd.), it never misfed. Although the Mini 30 had about ten ftfs (first strike) in about 1,000 rounds, the Mini 14 had none.

If somebody plans to take on Al Qaida, the Taliban, Hezbollah or 'Shining Path', maybe an AK or one of these others with a large magazine is best.
Otherwise, if fun is the main objective, it will be a personal preference.

5.45x39 ammo, the newer Russian caliber, is one of the cheapest ammo types ($180/1,000?), but some AK-74 owners describe seeing 'keyholes' in their targets.

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unfortunately MD has a 20 round magazine limit.

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Old 06-06-2009, 05:53 PM   #15
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unfortunately MD has a 20 round magazine limit.
Forgive my ignorance about MD laws, but can you own a rifle that will ACCEPT magazines over 20rds? Can you have mags that have been blocked at 20rds? Does it need to be a permanent modification?
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I think the law is simply that you cannot have any magazines that can hold more than 20 rounds.

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After June 1, 1994, it is unlawful to sell, offer for sale, purchase, receive, or transfer any detachable firearm magazine (except a tube magazine for a .22) that will hold more than 20 rounds. Possession is not prohibited.
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I think the law is simply that you cannot have any magazines that can hold more than 20 rounds.
Your own quote says that "possession is not prohibited". Is that from the MD state law? It sounds to me like they are OK to own, but not OK to sell or buy or transfer. CA is the same, but our restriction is limited at 10rds.
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Here is one don't know if it's legal in your state, but here it is a great shooter.
I'm sure you can find 20 rounders some where. It shoots the 5.45x39 that is about the least expensive rifle ammo out there right now 1080rds for $159.
And very accurate, I have not seen any key holing with mine.


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If you like the looks and feel of the Mini-14, you might want to give some thought to the Mini-30. It is the exact same gun as the Mini-14 but shoots the 7.62X39. All of the aftermarket "stuff" for the Mini-14 will also fit it. The price is about the same as the mini-14. just my 2 cents worth.

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crap dammit, It turns out in Maryland you have to be at least 21 in order to buy an "assault weapon and other regulated firearms"

So that sort of thins out my choices (I am 18 years old)
I guess I'll look for an SKS.

Is a Ruger mini-14 not considered an "Assault Weapon" assuming it has the standard wooden stock and not one of those folding/pistol grip stocks?

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