On my way down the mountain after a three mile predawn hike with some friends for Thanksgiving morning, I was thinking about the many things I’m thankful for.
We are very accustomed to polymer firearms in today’s world, but in the 1950’s the idea that a gun could be made almost entirely of plastic was new, to put it mildly. Since a Polymer gun had never been made prior to that time, the folks at Remington knew they had to get it right the first time.
My dad, a Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy at the time, had given me a little Ithaca Model 49 .22 rifle for my 8th birthday. He had purchased it used from a local shop and presented it to me one day while we were out shooting. I’m not sure there are words in the dictionary to describe the excited look on my face when my dad handed me that rifle and said, “Happy birthday son.”
Let’s give credit where credit is due. The Ruger Mini 14, for all the accuracy issues it had at the beginning, is a rugged, ridiculously reliable, handy little rifle. It’s quick to the shoulder, easy and fun to shoot, has very little recoil and is chambered for a fairly powerful and versatile cartridge.