The .300 Blackout market continues to steam ahead with Ruger’s latest offering, the Mini-14 Tactical in that caliber. From Ruger’s press release:
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) is proud to announce that the Mini-14® Tactical rifle is now available in 300 AAC Blackout. This newest version of the Mini-14 rifle features an optimized gas port that reliably cycles with both supersonic ammunition and subsonic ammunition when a sound suppressor is installed. The rifle weighs approximately 6.75 lbs., features a 16.1″, 5/8″-24 threaded barrel with a 1:7 twist rate, and is supplied with two, twenty-round detachable box magazines.
“This is an exciting addition to the Mini-14 rifle line,” said Ruger CEO Mike Fifer. “The ability to run the wide range of ammunition available, from suppressed subsonics to unsuppressed supersonics, broadens the versatility of the timeless Mini-14 rifle. With its solid reputation for reliability, the new Mini-14 Tactical rifle is an obvious choice for those who want an autoloading rifle chambered in the 300 AAC Blackout,” he added.
The Mini-14’s cold hammer-forged, medium contour, alloy steel barrel and receiver feature a matte black oxide finish. The 16.1″, 5/8″-24 threaded barrel comes with a Ruger® flash suppressor, which can be removed to attach sound suppressors or other threaded barrel accessories. The rifle’s stock is made of a rugged and durable glass-reinforced nylon. The two, twenty-round steel magazines provided with the rifle are laser engraved to clearly identify the rifle’s chambering.
A protected, non-glare, post front sight and receiver-mounted, adjustable ghost ring rear sight offer out-of-the-box usability. The receiver-mounted Picatinny rail provided with all Mini-14 rifles offers options for mounting an assortment of optics such as scopes and red dots. All Mini-14 rifles also feature Ruger integral scope mounts and come with Ruger scope rings for conventional scope mounting.
This blogger approves of Mr. Fifer’s use of the old-timey word “autoloading” to describe the new offering. In addition to the press release, Ruger also released a spec sheet for the new Mini:
The rifle comes with magazines laser-engraved with the caliber on the side; a sign that Ruger has been paying attention to the somewhat worrying number of kabooms that have been caused by mixing the .300 Blackout with .223/5.56 chambers by accident.
Ruger’s relatively late addition of the .300 Blackout to its product line is a bit surprising; Ruger’s Mini-14/6.8 was one of the early additions to the caliber from a major manufacturer.