Recently, I had a chance to take a Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE) to the desert and shoot it. The rifle was a No. 4 MK 1 and retained its original chambering in .303 British.
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.
I packed up my AR-15 and my Saiga AK in 7.62×39 and headed off to the P2K Range to test their accuracy on the 100 yard indoor range. You can check out the results in the video below.
Yes, this is yet another quick review of the ever popular and yet much maligned Ruger Mini 14. The Mini 14 and later the Mini 30 have been popular with shooters since their creation, and there are many reasons why.
The question that keeps coming my way is, “What about the AR-15? I’ve actually had people question whether I even like ARs or even have one. Well, I do and I do.
I picked up my Saiga rifle in 7.62×39 a while back and have become totally sold on the design for a few reasons. I thought you might like to know what my reasons are…
When Memorial Day comes around, it’s traditional for people to put on patriotism for a day, to speak well of those who sacrificed for our country and made possible our freedom. It’s a shame that it comes around only once a year. For some, patriotism is a constant and every day is Memorial Day.
At one time the main concern was fending off mountain lions and dealing with venomous snakes. However, more recently students have expressed concerns about drug cartels and smugglers. You might say that the wild beasts have been supplanted by even wilder and sometimes more dangerous two legged pests…