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Old 06-10-2013, 15:40   #1
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Anyone Use National Magazine 40-Rounders in Their Mini-14?

Just got two of these mags for my Mini-14 and was wondering if anyone here has tried them. I got them from The Sportsman's Guide for about $22 each.

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Old 06-10-2013, 17:50   #2
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There is a Mini 14 website called perfectunion.com that has info about different brands of mags for the Mini 14.

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Old 06-12-2013, 12:43   #3
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There is a Mini 14 website called perfectunion.com that has info about different brands of mags for the Mini 14.
I posted over there a couple days ago, thanks

They said that they are pretty much useless. I will try them out soon and report back.



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I posted over there a couple days ago, thanks
They said that they are pretty much useless. I will try them out soon and report back.
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Okay. How did they do? Did you ever find one that works?
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Old 07-09-2013, 22:30   #5
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The only good magazines for Mini 14s are Ruger factory 20 and 30 rounders, period.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:06   #6
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The only good magazines for Mini 14s are Ruger factory 20 and 30 rounders, period.
That has been my experience as well.
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:41   #7
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No knowledge about the mags but wanted to comment about the stock on the gun. Looks like a factory stock but has a lot of nice figuring on it which most don't, very good looking. Don
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Okay. How did they do? Did you ever find one that works?
sadly, I have not taken it to the range yet because I have been testing out my mini draco ak pistol, which is awesome!

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No knowledge about the mags but wanted to comment about the stock on the gun. Looks like a factory stock but has a lot of nice figuring on it which most don't, very good looking. Don
thanks Don, I do like the stock, but it could use a nice cleaning up. I just haven't had a lot of time to put into the mini 14 right now :-(


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Old 07-10-2013, 10:56   #9
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I never use more than 20 round mags in my mini14 and there the Ruger factory mags. I find anything larger gets in the way more than it does any good.
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I never use more than 20 round mags in my mini14 and there the Ruger factory mags. I find anything larger gets in the way more than it does any good.
what about the factory 30 round mags? Have you had a chance to try them? if so, did they function reliably for you?

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Old 07-10-2013, 11:26   #11
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No I never even tried them. Once I put the 20 round mag in the rifle I knew that was as large as I ever wanted to go. If I was using it for general purpose stuff or hunting I'd be quite happy just using the 5 round mag that came with it. Might not look as Bad A&& but I love the balance of it.
I mean really could you just imagine how cumbersome that 40 round mag would be and in the way if you were laying on your stomach trying to make every round count. IMO those larger capacity mags are more for prayin and sprayin then anything. They certainly do nothing to improve accuracy. At least in my opinion they don't.

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I mean really could you just imagine how cumbersome that 40 round mag would be and in the way if you were laying on your stomach trying to make every round count.
40-round mags are par for the course for me because I have seven AKs....nine if you include the Saiga-12 and the PSL-54C. The 12-round SGM mag for the Saiga-12 is about 3 to 3.5 inches longer than a 40-round AK mag, so I really don't mind the length of the National mag.

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Also, I've never shot from the prone position because I don't hunt and was never in the military.

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Ive never had any mags but Ruger mags function in a mini14, and Im not alone in this experience. Throw them away, it will save much frustration, and research before you buy.
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Load them up and try them out. Then load up a Ruger factory 20 round mag and use them for targets.
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I only buy 20 round mags for my Mini-14.

I have slowly been replacing all of my off-brand mags with Ruger mags, now that Ruger actually sells magazines that hold more than 5 rounds. . .

Nothing against Bill Ruger. . . But once he died, the company was finally free to move into market segments that he previously blocked the company from doing. (Tactical Mini, larger mags, CCW orientated handguns)
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40-round mags are par for the course for me because I have seven AKs....nine if you include the Saiga-12 and the PSL-54C. The 12-round SGM mag for the Saiga-12 is about 3 to 3.5 inches longer than a 40-round AK mag, so I really don't mind the length of the National mag.

Also, I've never shot from the prone position because I don't hunt and was never in the military.
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I think they are better than a stripper clip for holding ammo and at 62 I do not want to be rushed for a reload. I cannot imagine never having shot prone and I am not a hunter, but I was in the USN. I think they trained us to shoot prone because you present a smaller target and they did not let you sit on a chair at the range.

What I learned in boot camp is you need to check the number of your target and, for some, not ever having had a weapon in your hands is better than having bad habits.

We had a Jewish sharpshooter from NYC who never had a firearm in his hands until the USN put it there. He was afraid NOT to do exactly as he was trained.

Instead of discouraging firearms with laws that infringe, they should provide training for every head of household, if not every adult. The government should provide ranges and a low cost ammo allotment for every citizen who wants to increase their proficiency. It would lower the cost of public safety.

But, then, that would require planning, would work, and makes sense, any one of which the US government obviously is terrified to do and punishes those who advocate it as employees.

Oh, by the way, most of my ancestors were forced into servitude by having their lands taken in Scotland and Ireland. I suspect they never learned "English" or to like anything "English." I speak AmeriCAN. If you do not speak my language, then when I say "Watch out," you are going to be hit by that bus.
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Instead of discouraging firearms with laws that infringe, they should provide training for every head of household, if not every adult. The government should provide ranges and a low cost ammo allotment for every citizen who wants to increase their proficiency. It would lower the cost of public safety.

But, then, that would require planning, would work, and makes sense, any one of which the US government obviously is terrified to do and punishes those who advocate it as employees.
Could not agree more!!!


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