Originally Posted by saviorslegacy
I've wanted a mini 14 for a while. I like that it has a similiar action to the M! Garand and I like that I can shoot .223. It looks good and I enjoy shooting them. Now in my current situation I cannot look at prices and last time I was in America the prices didn't look anything like the kind of prices I am seeing online, then again I have no clue how this whole polical thing goin on is effecting the price of this firearm. My plan right now is to have my father purchase one while I am on deployment. To do so I need to know a price range to give to him. I am thinking about getting one in stainless.
What kind of a price range do you think I should go with? He's not in Cali so that isn't an issue.
Also, from my limited ammount of knowledge on this firearm I want to go with either the ranch or tactical series since they can both camber 5.56x45 and .223. I also know that I want one produced from 2005 and up. The serial should begin with 580 on the ranch rifles produced during and past 2005 if I am not mistaken.
Is there anything else I should know?
well, as much as i like the mini 14, i would wait for things to calm down. its hard to come across decent deals on any auto-loading carbine right now. and even if you don't get "bent over" on the price, then you'll be scavenging for ammo like the rest of us.
i wouldn't ever pay more more than $800-850 for any mini myself. i would set the normal,
pre-panic prices between $650-750. and imo, that was even start to look a bit pricey.
i tend to favor the ranch model for the longer barrel, wood stock, and peace of mind. the peace of mind part comes from having a gun that you don't have to worry about being in most state or federal bans.
if looking in the used market, seek one with a tapered, thicker barrel. they are better shooters right out of the box. of course a strut will have the thinner barrels shooting right next to them.
stick with factory mags only. they cost a bit more, but perform perfectly. as stated, they will be hard to find and pricey right now.
as for any who chime in with "the mini sucks,"
i will say it simply isn't so. i can't say why some hate the mini 14 like it stole their girlfriend, but it is so funny when you find at least 50% of the posters making these statements never owned a mini, or haven't owned an updated 580 model.
its just strange. IF i hated the AK-47, i don't think i'd spend my time in the AK-47 forum trying to talk people out of a gun they like....but to each their own...
i own both mini and AR, and i like my mini 14 better. of course , like most things,this is just my opinion. but at least my opinion stems off experience of owning both firearms.
my mini has been a good, dependable gun in the entire time i have owned it.
good luck finding your mini. don't overpay because of this panic. it would be smarter to wait.