Ruger Mini-14 .223/.222 Remington Wood Handguard Semi-Auto Rifle, MFD 1978

SOLD FOR: $1500.66

LSB#: 220112JP004

Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.

Model: Mini-14

Serial Number: 181-21072

Year of Manufacture: 1978 (Ruger Serial Number Lookup)

Caliber: .223 and .222 Remington

Action Type: Magazine-Fed Semi-Automatic Rifle

Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number “181-21072”, a warning, a Ruger phoenix logo, “®”, and “STURM, RUGER & CO., INC. / SOUTHPORT CONN. U.S.A.”. The top of the receiver is marked with a Ruger proof mark, and “RUGER / MINI-14 ® / CAL. .223”.

Barrel Length: 18 1/2”

Sights/Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade integral to a banded base pinned to the barrel. The rear sight is an adjustable protected ghost ring.

Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a smooth wood with pistol grip, straight comb, wood handguard, and black synthetic buttplate. There are sling swivels on the buttstock and gas block. There are scattered minor handling marks, mostly in the form of scattered minor nicks and compressions can be seen on the comb, grip, and forend. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 12 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate has minor scuff wear at the heel and toe. Overall, the stock rates in Fine condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright with well-defined rifling. There is no erosion.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The action has light operational wear. There is some stubborn residue on the right side of the barrel. The edges of the receiver have a few minor nicks, and some light thinning. The through-bolt has minor tool marks with a strong slot, and all markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Fine-plus condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork and Accessories: This Mini-14 includes two (2) 20-round magazines, one (1) 15-round magazine, one (1) 5-round magazine, and three manuals.

Our Assessment: The Ruger Mini-14 is a classic American rifle manufactured by the last of the major major American firearms companies that has seen use in most sectors, private and military, all over the world. In production currently, there have been many variants throughout its history, but this rifle is one of the earlier ones produced back in 1978, and showcases the classic design with that classy wood handguard (later variants would use a polymer version). This rifle is in Fine-plus overall condition and includes a smattering of magazines and some manuals. The stock has very little wear, and the bore is in great shape. Good luck and happy bidding!

Ruger Mini-14 .223/.222 Remington Wood Handguard Semi-Auto Rifle, MFD 1978
Ruger Mini-14 .223/.222 Remington Wood Handguard Semi-Auto Rifle, MFD 1978