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    Default Mini's dates of manufacture and twist rates.

    I found this on another forum and I thought it would be nice to have it here. Ever wonder when your Mini-14 or Mini-30 was made? Now, you can find out. I have desired a list like this from time to time, and, as there are several Minis in the family, I'm sure that we will spend time checking this list.

    Mini-14 and Ranch Rifle: Series, date of manufacture, twist rates

    180 Series Mini-14
    Beginning
    Serial Nbr

    180-00001--1974--1 in 10
    180-05101--1975--1 in 10
    180-28282--1976--1 in 10
    180-59251--1977--1 in 10

    Mini-14
    Thin barrel, ejector is in the bolt, no scope ring scallops cast into the receiver.
    Beginning
    Serial Nbr

    181-07488--1978--1 in 10
    181-48351--1979--1 in 10
    181-84879--1980--1 in 10
    182-45601--1981--1 in 10
    183-03581--1982--1 in 10
    183-40455--1983--1 in 10
    184-17175--1984--1 in 10
    184-26063--1985--1 in 10
    184-95448--1986--1 in 10 and 1 in 7
    185-14140--1987--1 in 7
    185-50455--1988--1 in 7
    185-56556--1989--1 in 7
    185-81009--1990--1 in 7
    186-05029--1991--1 in 7
    186-18250--1992--1 in 7
    186-20065--1993--1 in 7
    186-31116--1994--1 in 7
    186-42502--1995--1 in 7
    186-58133--1996--1 in 7
    186-66855--1997--1 in 7 and 1 in 9
    186-81445--1998--1 in 9
    186-87432--1999--1 in 9
    *196-06325-2000--1 in 9
    *196-44553-2001--1 in 9
    *196-80982-2002--1 in 9
    *196-99207-2003--1 in 9
    *197-12180-2004--1 in 9
    * Mini-14 serial numbers rollmarked with Mini-14 Ranch Rifles beginning in 2000


    Ranch Rifle
    Thin barrel, ejector in the bolt stop assembly, scope ring scallops cast into the receiver, buffer sytem using the recoil spring assembly.
    Beginning
    Serial Nbr

    187-00001--1982--1 in 10
    187-02611--1983--1 in 10
    187-13218--1984--1 in 10
    187-27226--1985--1 in 10
    187-50919--1986--1 in 10 and 1 in 7
    187-59308--1987--1 in 7
    187-70033--1988--1 in 7
    187-84127--1989--1 in 7
    188-01157--1990--1 in 7
    188-30499--1991--1 in 7
    188-50902--1992--1 in 7
    188-66901--1993--1 in 7
    188-71086--1994--1 in 7
    188-85981--1995--1 in 7
    195-06037--1996--1 in 7
    195-27761--1997--1 in 7 and 1 in 9
    195-44221--1998--1 in 9
    195-63542--1999--1 in 9
    196-06325--2000--1 in 9
    196-44553--2001--1 in 9
    196-80982--2002--1 in 9
    196-99207--2003--1 in 9
    197-12180--2004--1 in 9


    New Mini-14 Ranch Rifle
    580 Ranch Rifle (early version): Thin barrel, ejector in the bolt stop assembly, scope ring scallops cast into the receiver, buffer sytem using the recoil spring assembly, new tooling resulting in a slightly different look to the receiver (more rounded edges, etc.)
    580 Ranch Rifle (later version)-581: Thicker flanged barrel, ejector in the bolt stop assembly, scope ring scallops cast into the receiver, buffer sytem using the recoil spring assembly, new tooling resulting in a slightly different look to the receiver (more rounded edges, etc.)
    Beginning
    Serial Nbr

    580-00001--2005--1 in 9
    580-15286--2006--1 in 9
    580-32382--2007--1 in 9
    580-50951--2008--1 in 9
    * 580-76276
    and 581-00000--2009--1 in 9
    * 581-48753--2010--1 in 9
    * 581-71056--2011--1 in 9
    * 581-95645--2012--1 in 9
    * New Mini-14 Ranch Rifles rollmarked with Mini Thirty Rifles beginning in 2009.


    Mini-30
    Beginning
    Serial Nbr

    186-00501--1986--1 in 10
    189-00001--1987--1 in 10
    189-15143--1988--1 in 10
    189-17652--1989--1 in 10
    189-25005--1990--1 in 10
    189-38805--1991--1 in 10
    189-51041--1992--1 in 10
    189-52528--1993--1 in 10
    189-59348--1994--1 in 10
    189-65480--1995--1 in 10
    189-75697--1996--1 in 10
    189-82126--1997--1 in 10
    189-84971--1998--1 in 10
    189-89313--1999--1 in 10
    189-96162--2000--1 in 10
    *196-06325-2001--1 in 10
    *196-44553-2002--1 in 10
    *196-99207-2003--1 in 10
    *197-12180-2004--1 in 10
    * Mini Thirty serial numbers rollmarked with Mini-14 Ranch Rifles beginning in 2001


    New Mini-30
    Beginning
    Serial Nbr

    581-01002--2006--1 in 10
    581-05892--2007--1 in 10
    581-06747--2008--1 in 10
    581-11910--2009--1 in 10
    581-48753--2010--1 in 10
    581-71056--2011--1 in 10
    581-95645--2012--1 in 10



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    Good info. I added a copy to the library
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    Mine is a 1977 model.

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