In a recent post I mentioned that the Ruger Mini-14 demands factory magazines to work reliably. That statement may have given a bit of a wrong impression.
The point I was trying to make, and apparently didn’t, is that the only reliable Minis I have seen were using factory magazines. I have actually encountered many examples which wouldn’t run and a change to factory mags got them to working properly.
All is not perfect in Ruger-land, though – in my experience, there is still a large percentage of Mini-14s that are not reliable, even with factory magazines.
The other side of the coin is that I have never seen a reliable Mini using aftermarket mags. Ever. Aftermarket Mini-14 magazines consistently cause Minis – every one I’ve ever seen – to choke.
Bottom line: factory mags alone will not ensure that any given Mini will run well. However, using non-Ruger magazines is a virtual guarantee that you will have trouble making the thing work properly. (I won’t even get into their renowned lack of accuracy, but that isn’t the fault of the magazines!)
I hope this clarifies things a bit.
(Oh, by the way – the cheapest I’ve been able to find Ruger factory 20-round mags is $55.00. That’s three times the cost of good quality AR-15 mags. Wow!)
-=[ Grant ]=-