Inasmuch as I already had an SKS and an AK47, I thought that a Ruger Mini-30 would be a good addition to my "herd." So, I bought one. Ruger had just announced that they were going to manufacture 20 and 30 round magazines for this gun. I like its looks. I like the way it handled in the store (couldn't shoot it, of course). So, I pulled out the money and bought it! Hooray for me!
Then I took it home. And, I did an internet search on it. One thing that seemed to keep recurring was the fact that the Mini-30 and Mini-14 often broke firing pins. Well, that's no problem, is it? You can buy replacements, can't you?
So, I sent an email to Ruger and asked about buying firing pins and a few other parts. They said that they did not want to do this. They said that they absolutely will NOT sell firing pins to anybody-not even a gunsmith! The only way you could get a replacement firing pin would be to send the rifle to their factory. You pay shipping both ways. You pay for the parts and labor. And, they made it pretty clear that they DID NOT want to do this!
Well, I hadn't even removed the gun from its shipping box yet. I figured that it was hopeless, but I took it back to the dealer and asked for my money back. I told him I would spend it all in that store. He agreed to take it back! Whew! What a relief!
So, now I have an SKS and an AK that shoot 7.62X39. And, I have NO desire to own a Mini-30. I do have two Mini-14s that I bought before I learned of Ruger's idiotic policies. I think that, between the two of them I can keep one running ("one is none and two is one").
It is really too bad that Ruger is so inflexible about spare parts. I think that has cost them a lot of sales down through the years. I still would like to own a Mini-30 if I could only get a few spare parts. Any mechanical device can break down. I'd like to be prepared for such an event. I'll keep the Mini-14s and forget the Mini-30.