In a world full of AKs and ARs, Ruger’s Mini Thirty stands out as just a little different, harking to two of the most familiar, and respected, U.S. service rifle designs of all time: the Garand and the M14. Chambered for the ubiquitous 7.62x39 mm cartridge, the Mini Thirty takes full advantage of Ruger’s renowned investment-casting expertise with stout construction of either blued or stainless steels and features integral optics mounts. More durability comes in the form of a hammer-forged 18.5” barrel, and near-flawless operation is by way of a fixed-piston and long-stroke gas operation. With sturdy, fully adjustable iron sights and detachable, five- or 20-round steel box magazines, the Mini, like its smaller-caliber cousins, is a great all-around carbine for target shooting, hunting, predator control and personal defense. To learn more, check out this week's NRA Gun of the Week video hosted by Brian Sheetz.
Manufacturer: Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. Chambering: 7.62x39 mm ActionType: gas-piston-operated, semi-automatic center-fire rifle Receiver: stainless steel Barrel: 18.5” stainless steel; cold hammer-forged Rifling: six-groove, 1:10” RH twist Magazine: five- or 20-round detachable box Sights: fully-adjustable rear; protected, post front Stock: hardwood Weight: 7 lbs. MSRP: $1,069 (current production)