There are several videos on Youtube for cleaning the Mini-14. Here is one of them.
Being old school, I clean my firearms every time I shoot them. I've seen claims that the Mini-14 is "self cleaning
," but I'm not so sure I buy into that. I do however, believe they are very rugged, easy maintenance firearms, designed for rough, military treatment in the field. Not a tack driver, I can keep consistent off-hand center of mass hits at 100 yds. with iron sights.
I own an AR (M4), but adhering to my philosophy of keep it simple
, the Mini-14 is very much less complicated and would be my go-to SHTF rifle.
"Designed by L. James Sullivan and Willilam B. Ruger, the rifle employs an investment cast, heat-treated receiver and a version of the M1 rifle locking mechanism with a self-cleaning, fixed-piston gas system."
Ruger Mini-14 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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