Ruger Mini Thirty Tactical

Ruger has updated the Mini-30 blued model and given it a Mini-14/SR-556 flash suppressor. Ruger has not stated it, but presumably the threading is 1/2-28.

I expect that the stainless steel models will be similarly updated to feature a flash suppressor.

This model has a MRSP of $921.





Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Matt

    My next rifle right there

  • Nadnerbus

    I know it flies in the face of Ruger philosophy, but making these compatible with AK mags would enhance their saleability so much, at least in my eyes. I mean, why not? It’s the same front catch, with locking lug in rear style mag Ruger uses, why reinvent it when it already exists? Just to make a bit more money on the magazines? Ensure more reliability by guaranteeing all factory parts? All they are doing is driving potential customers to AKs and especially SKSs.

  • Todd

    The barrel on my Mini-14 whips around like a wet noodle. Accuracy is horrible. I am a chair gunner so I may be more critical of accuracy but the Mini-14 is just plain horrible in the accuracy department. The heavier and more powerful round of the Mini-30 probably just amplifies the problem.

    • John

      The mini 14 and 30 have heavier barrels which might solve that problem your having

      • Mike

        I have a mini 30 I was putting everything in a two inch grouping at 100 yards with a cheap tasco scope so not sure what your problem is but this thing is very acurate. depends on the ammo good ammo and 200+ rounds was exactly where I wanted it to go.

  • Zach

    I have always admired the Mini-14 but any research I have conducted indicates that they are not nearly as accurate as most AR15s and not as reliable. But after seeing the trailer for the movie “The American” it makes me want to go out and buy one anyways.

    • John

      My cousin is a navy seal and they use a mini 14 and 30 which etremly acturate passed 500 meters with the rite shooter. As for the grand action and reliability, it never fails even when used on beach. Ar’s can’t hang on the beach without jamming consistantly.

  • Tom

    What is tactical about it? Oh, wait… It has a FH and it is black… Silly me.

  • drewogatory

    This would be great..For $350. A GRAND for a Mini that’s not from ASI? At least with the 7.62 x 39 you’re not going to be too concerned about ruined brass. AK mags would make too much sense for Ruger, esp. since most Mini mags (except factory 20 rounders, thanks Ca. Gov!) are junk. I’ve been trying for months to iron out a 6.5 Grendel mag for a converted Mini that will actually feed at all.

  • Robert Slaughter

    $921!!!! Last time I went shopping (late 2008), the Ruger Mini-14 tactical was in the $650 to $700 range. And over on PerfectUnionBBS, there are numerous reports that lately QC has been in decline. Sorry, as much as I line my Mini-14, this ain’t happening.

    Todd: is your a newer (58X-XXXXX) Mini, or one of the older ones? The newer ones whip much less. And PerfectUnion has numerous cheap ways to improve accuracy on their forums.

  • Other Steve

    There is almost zero chance the threading is 1/2×28!

    While it could be made to clear the 30 cal bullet, no one makes a 30 cal gun with 1/2×28 threads because some idiot WILL screw a 556 flash hider or suppressor on it. Ruger is not this dumb.

    That said, this is a 7.62×39 gun that comes threaded concentrically, I may look into this a bit more.

    • Other, ah of course, that makes perfect sense.

  • Jim

    I have also heard horrid things about the Mini accuracy. They really need to thicken the barrel or just dump the design altogether.

  • John C.

    Nadnerbus – yeah I would have bought one of these a LONG TIME ago if they took AK mags.

  • kcoz

    Your absolutely right Todd. I got rid of my Mini-30 after one trip to the range. I thought $200 for a practicaly new stainless Mini-30 was a great deal. Now I know why the guy was selling it so cheap. Also it didn’t fuction well at all with steel case ammo and i don’t see the point of having a 7.62×39 that requires brass cases just to function properly. AK-47 is way more reliable and (can’t believe i’m saying this) accurate.

  • Komrad

    @Naderbus
    I agree 100%

    but I do like that Ruger is expanding their market significantly

  • Bill Lester

    Todd,

    The current Mini-14 and Ranch Rifle have greatly improved barrels compared to the same models made less than a decade ago. Brian Pearce recently tested an All Weather Ranch Rifle in Rifle Magazine. Average best group size was 2.0 inches at 100 yards using five types of ammo. That certainly won’t win any benchrest competitions but it’s plenty good enough to defend a home owner or dispense with coyotes nosing around the property…exactly what the guns are meant to do.

    Nadnerbus,

    If Ruger went to AK magazines that would mean they would no longer have the monopoly on reliable feeding devices, which they’re happy to sell at ridiculously high prices.

  • Zack,
    Mini-14s actually have an AK-like reputation for reliability, but poor accuracy. They have a piston action and so are also cleaner/cooler to shoot. The newer 580 and 581 series have improved barrels, not enough difference between them and an AR to worry about anymore. See the Nutnfancy review (Mini-14 Against the World). I can’t speak to the Mini-30s – for that much just get two AKs.

  • Brian_L

    Expensive factory 20 round magazines at $24.99 ea. ?
    Not really, remember the Clinton AWB.
    Inaccurate ? Still have 19 more tries.

  • 4Cammer

    If I put a flash suppresor on my Winchester ’94 Trails End can I call it “Tactical”? Sheesh.

  • On magazine, I think if Ruger used AR mags for the Mini-14 and AK mags for the Mini Thirty, they’d see Mini sales explode. A great idea that’ll never happen.

  • 54Bravo

    It would make far more sense if the muzzle were tapped that 14mm Left hand thread that is ubiquitous on AK variants, leading to lots of possibilities in muzzle brakes, flash hiders, etc. However, if it were chambered in 5.45mm, then the 1/2×28 would work fine. Of course, it also would have made far more sense for the Mini to use standard AK mags, so Ruger is clearly not known for their foresight in this matter (other than in protecting their profits via proprietary components!)

    Always having thought the M-14 was a great design, I would have snapped up a Mini in 7.62x39mm long ago but the proprietary magazines totally killed it for me (and I am sure I am not the only one, as shown by others’ comments – Hellllllo? RU Listening, Ruger???)

  • dt

    No, Ruger is not listening. But they do hear a little better now that Ol’ man Bill is dead.

  • 54Bravo

    RE: Brian_L
    Yes, I would say that 20 round magazines at $24.99 ARE high priced compared to AK mags that are all over the place and cheap. I picked up 20 (former) steel East German 30 round mags still in the original cosmoline and paper, for $4 each at a gun show a while back. Plus, there are the 75 and 100 round drums, bakelite mags, etc. WAY more possibilities available compared to the Ruger proprietary mags. Does Ruger even SELL 30 round 7.62mm mags??

    “RE: Suburban Survivaliston 10 Sep 2010 at 1:27 pm link comment
    Zack, Mini-14s actually have an AK-like reputation for reliability, but poor accuracy. They have a piston action and so are also cleaner/cooler to shoot. ”

    Ummmmm, but AK’s have a gas piston action? It’s the main reason they are so reliable! (that and “generous” parts clearances) The Soviets (Mr. Kalashnikov) copied it off of the StG44 and the piston design has been in the AK series from the earliest versions until the present day. Also, as much of a fan of the AK design that I am, they aren’t the most accurate in the world, either (to put it mildly…lol).

  • Brian_L

    RE: (54Bravo)
    You have a valid point as far as Magazine cost comparsion between the Mini-30 and the AK or the AR for that matter, so what magazines are reusuable hundreds if not thousands of times. How many do I need? I just want relibility from the ones I have and thanks to Ruger that’s now possible.
    No 30 rounders?
    As far as I know, not yet, but I do got four 20 rounders, and it doesn’t take that long to insert a fresh one. I’ve just always liked Ruger firearms overall and always wanted to own a Mini, based entirely on looks, I can do that.

  • Brian_L

    OH THANKS A LOT (54Bravo)!
    I just spent the whole night trying to educate myself on which AK-47 milled receiver underfolder would be the best quality rifle for me. Truthfully though, I get the impression that since our all knowing govt. banned importation of some of the best AK’s, anything worth owning would be as much or more than a new Mini-30 with proprietary magazines anyway. However because I know next to nothing about AK-47’s (except that I want one…NOW!) I could be missing something. Anyway, great argument! I may just sell my Mini-30 after all. 100 round drums huh? Hmmmmm.

  • I would be interested in a Mini-30, too, except for two things:

    1.) The aforementioned proprietary magazine issue. Really, Ruger, you should’ve used standard AK mags, the way you used standard AR mags in your SR-556.

    2.) The high price of the firearm. Yes, the Mini-XX design is reliable, but so is the AK’s. And for deer hunting at 150 yards, I don’t have to be MoA-accurate. I only need to be MoB (Minute of Bambi) accurate. 🙂

    For that reason, the AK is probably the better choice at this time. However, if Ruger were to fix the above two problems…well, that Mini-Thirty would be lookin’ mighty good, wouldn’t it?

  • I dissagree with some of the previous post-

    Toddon 09 Sep 2010 at 11:51 pm link comment
    The barrel on my Mini-14 whips around like a wet noodle. Accuracy is horrible. I am a chair gunner so I may be more critical of accuracy but the Mini-14 is just plain horrible in the accuracy department. The heavier and more powerful round of the Mini-30 probably just amplifies the problem.

    Wrong-The newest versions of Ruger Ranch rifles mfr’ed since 2004 have a thicker barrell especially after the gas block where it really counts.
    Mini 30 does 2-3in groups at 100yrds or better with match ammo, and a decent scope. Toddon, where have you been for the last 6 yrs??

    Zachon 10 Sep 2010 at 12:59 am link comment
    I have always admired the Mini-14 but any research I have conducted indicates that they are not nearly as accurate as most AR15s and not as reliable.
    Wrong-Ruger Mini rifles do not jam as easily as an AR15, look at what happened in Vietnam compared to fighting with the M1 Garand bolt type action in WW2 in all enviroments including wet sand. Dirt and grit get blown out of the action, plus it stays cleaner and cooler due to being piston driven. Reliability trumps accuracy!! Zachon, do you ever watch the Military channel??

    Tomon 10 Sep 2010 at 1:03 am link comment
    What is tactical about it? Oh, wait… It has a FH and it is black… Silly me.

    Wrong- Tactical Ruger Mini rifles are real winners and long awaited. “Tactical” is an adjective used by SWAT and Special Forces describing a shorter than normal, reduced weight, quick to point, rapid fire weapon so it does not get caught up on parachute rigging, clothing, exiting a vehicle, can not be seen easily in the dark, does not give away your exact position in the dark when firing, etc., etc. Any weapon can be made “tactical” to give yourself an edge to remain alive ie. sawing a shotgun’s barrel off, taping two clips together for faster reloading, painting your weapon green in a jungle enviroment, Laser sights, etc. etc.

    Just purchased a brand new Mini 30 Tactical at Cabela’s for $550.00 Get them while you can for low cost hunting/plinking using steel case ammo, Ranch, Farm, or Homeland defense mentality if a “Katrina style” disaster hits your neck of the woods.

  • David Moehrke

    I bought a Mini thirty on GunsAmerica several weeks ago (around 12/01/2011). The guy I bought it from had a Tapco tactical fiberglass stock, a Ruger after market flash suppressor, a Simmins 3×9 scope. Using Winchester white box I can get easy 2-21/2 inch groups at 75 yards. That will keep all or most hits inside a deer, or any 2 legged predator silhouette, which is what the gun is for. BTW this gun is 186-xxxxxx series. The person I bought it from says he thinks he bought it around 1995. I to was very interested in AK’s except I HATE and I mean I HATE the AK sights. I guess because I grew up using peep hole, or ghost ring rear sights I just can’t abide those AH v notch sights that are so far away from your eye. I wish I could find out the name of the after market magazines he sent with the gun as they have not failed at all in about 300 rounds. I Asked but he can’t remember where or who made them (Damn it). So I just took delivery of a brand new Ruger Mini Thirty Ranch Rifle Tactical 2 days ago and I haven’t had time to try it out. The barrel looks as if it is almost twice the diameter, and yes it does have a 556 type flash suppressor. I can’t wait to shoot it, and yes it looks quite menacing