Mini-14 repair video
Back in the 70's was when some people started talking about survivalism. There weren't near as many military type rifles available in those days. When Ruger introduced their Mini-14, it became the favorite rifle of a lot of survivalists, including me.
Although I longed for one for years, I didn't purchase my first one until 1998. It is the old style with the "Pencil" barrel. I have shot it and it shot OK. It is accurate enough for my needs.
In 2010 I purchased the latest style of this rifle, with the tapered barrel. It is supposedly more accurate that the "Pencil" barreled older model.
After lots of study, I have decided that the AR is probably the best choice for a rifle of this caliber (.223 or 5.56MM). But, since I already have what I have, I am going to have to make do with them. I'll use the older one to back up the newer one.
So, now I want to discuss a new product that I recently found.This is a DVD, produced by On-Target Productions that demonstrates how to disassemble, clean, lubricate and reassemble the Mini-14. I mean, the guy totally takes everything apart! I was a mechanic for 30 years and I would never have dreamed of doing what these folks do. But, I am glad that I found this DVD and I am going to take my older rifle, and, following this DVD, I am going to to totally disassemble and clean it. I hope that I will be able to re-assemble it. I want to practice on the older one so that , if I am unable to get it back together, I'll still have my newer one. On the other hand, if I succeed in doing what the video shows, I will have mastered the cleaning and repair of this fine rifle.
I am aware that you can see this on You-Tube. But, I think that if you have, or plan to obtain a Mini-14, I want to recommend this video to you. To me it is indispensable. Dario