Timing-wise, Ruger’s new-for-2008 limited edition NRA Mini-14 is an excellent choice to review. A totally new Mini variation, it’s a first for Ruger in producing a “civilian” model with a short 16-inch barrel. Developed in conjunction with the National Rifle Association, Ruger will donate a set amount from each sale to the NRA’s Institute For Legislative Action to help support efforts to protect our Second Amendment rights.
The NRA Mini-14 is a very handy configuration for law enforcement use; the shorter barrel works tight spaces better than the longtime standard 18.5-inch versions; the tacky pebble-grained Hogue OverMolded black synthetic stock with gold NRA medallion at the bottom of the pistol grip stays grippy wet or dry; the rubber recoil pad will not slide around on nylon duty jackets, and the “blackout” profile of the dark stock and blued steel should not stand out in places where brown wood or stainless steel might.
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by Chuck Taylor / Sep 2, 2008