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I'm debating selling my guitar to buy a shotty and a rifle and i was just windowshopping for the rifle and gear etc (trying to see how much to sell my music gear for) and I had a Ruger mini-14 on my want list for ever because I try and be realistic (price wise) when oogling over guns on the internet and since the min14 is (so i thought) the closest thing to a garand i could find in my price range and today I discovered Auto Ordnance and thier price and I am excited since theyre about $20 more than the mini 14 I wanted

are Ao's rifles quality enough to pass on a ruger (which is a quality product whose reputation I trust)? This will be my first rifle ever (if I decide to sell my guitar) so I dont want to come out with a disappointment

educate me.
 

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I owned an AO Thompson carbine in the past ... very, very well mad weapon. As for as the Runger Mini-14; unless they have added a heavier barrel within the past several years, you will be disappointed. I own one of the older Mini-14's and have yet to get it to shoot consistently ... too much harmonics in the barrel ... two shots close together and the third a good 6" away ... What are they wanting for a Mini-14 these days? Have you looked at CMP for an original garand?
 

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lol I got a CMP reply on another forum that I asked this question on...what is CMP?

I have heard that the have improved the barrel on the mini14 but I dont know how improved it is, a wood/blue w/20rnd mag on buds gunshop goes for around $650.
 

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I have owned mini14's and was happy with them. Not a range rifle but fun to shoot up things when ammo didn't cost an arm and leg. Had a M1 carbine before I got married but sold it, still regret it. I'd look hard at the AO or CMP like the Captain said.
Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) sells ex-military, have to check what they have in stock, to the public.
 

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Crossed...you ever watch the show the A-team?...They always had Mini-14's...they never hurt anybody with them.... :lol4:

Thank God the US did not make that thing our service rifle..

Get a Springfield M1 Garand for the modern version...or get the real deal from CMP if you meet the qualifications....discussed on another thread on here somewhere. The M1-Carbine is a very nice rifle as well...One of my favorites

Personally, I'm kinda lusting after a Springfield M1A Scout, about $1500 worth of lust at the moment....
 

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'Neck, if you get around military bases in your travels, you can get some good prices on guns those Military guys buy and then find something else they want to trade for. Visiting my son and nephew at several bases taught me that. Those shops love a quick turn around.
 

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Guess I need to go hang out around Camp Shelby some then :lol4:

I'm getting pretty close to having everything I need for a while...all that's left on the want list is:

M1A Scout, Ruger Vaquero 45 LC, Rem 700 in 300 Win Mag and a Barrett 50 BMG...then I'm gonna relax....and build up the ammo pile :lol3:


Get the Garand Crossed...Patton was right!
 

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crossedcannons45 said:
lol I got a CMP reply on another forum that I asked this question on...what is CMP?
CMP - Civilian Marksmanship Program. A private Corp. setup by Congress that sells off military rifles to the public for funding of civiliam marksmanship programs.

Here is the link for the garand sales page:

http://www.thecmp.org/m1garand.htm

If i was buying another it would be the Springfield Armory Service Grade / around the same price as you quoted for the Mini-14. You will have a nice rifle with much HISTORY!!
 

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well I have been looking at the CMP website and I meet all of the criteria except that i am not in a CMP affiliated club and there arent any nearby :( does anyone know of any near Tupelo that I could join real quick?

Edit: nevermind, found one that my friends uncle runs....
 

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Look at the list of ways to get in. I think if you have a carry permit and go to a clinic or match your good to go.
I may be wrong but I think you have to belong to a CMP affiliated organization. The Mississippi State Firearm Owners Association qualifies you. Also, the Southwest Gun Club is conducting a CMP M1 Garand Clinic on May 29th in McComb. We furnish a one year temporary membership in our CMP affiliated club, the use of a club owned M1 Rifle, CMP ammunition, coaching and classroom instruction on the care and feeding of the M1 Rifle. Email me at: [email protected]

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I have owned 2 Mini-14 Rugers, NEVER again

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I bought one in 1976 and sold it less than a year later. Bought another in 7.62x39 in 1982 and hated it more than the first one. I bought my second 223 during the Ban period as a hedge. I thought by then Ruger had plenty of time to fix them. Evidently time isn't what counts with Ruger. They have the new target model now but it appeared twenty years too late.
 

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pm MSFOASEC for an application to the Mississippi State Firearms Association. Sam will fix you up...$15 a yr...combine that with a MS firearms permit and you are good to do with CMP

The annual meeting is coming up soon...Pass Pro in Pearl I believe...

Doug...aint you the Pres?

Like has been stated before...the barrel harmonics suck on a Mini-14...always have
 

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I hear the the Service Grade Garands now being shipped by CMP are Excellent ... many that have been received seemed to show little of no use since being rebuilt in the '60s. Of course, it is always the "luck of the draw" when purchasing from CMP. I have seen these go for between $800 - $1000 at some gun shows and also on GunBroker. IMHO, you can't go wrong with CMP. EXCELLENT customer service. The only drawback is the wait time. However, I have also observed that their shipping is much quicker than the time they have listed. I know of a couple folks that received their's in less than 30 days .....

There are original USGI Garands manufactured during WWII and Korea. If they could only talk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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There are original USGI Garands manufactured during WWII and Korea. If they could only talk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Is it strange that i get kinda choked up thinking about having a piece of that history in my posession?

Once I get it will I be able to trace its history via serial# or something?
 

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...Is it strange that i get kinda choked up thinking about having a piece of that history in my posession?

Once I get it will I be able to trace its history via serial# or something?
It really is something special to have a true piece of history ... Once you get it, we will be able to help you with manufacture date - that is about all, unless you get something special. I did receive one for CMP marked O-66 on the heal of the receiver. This designation identifies it as a Marine Corps rifle.
 

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The Ruger MINI-14 is not very accurate at all but dont get me wrong they look great but if you want accuracy go with the M1 Garand. I own a Sprinfield Garand made in September of 1942. Great Gun. :drool:
 

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well I have decided on the garand and Im set on that. the bad news? well...the wife, in her infinite wisdom talked me out of selling my guitar which is probably a good idea considering that I love my guitar and I did bump my head the other day :idk: . The upside is that I now have time to save for the garand and can get a higher end one ( I still plan on using CMP) and that she didnt try and talk me out of selling my amp for a shotty :D so I do get a boomstick out of the deal
 
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