Ruger Announces the Mini Thirty Tactical Rifle in Stainless

Ruger Mini Thirty Tactical Stainless

Ruger Mini Thirty Tactical Stainless

Those of you paying attention will remember back in September we announced the new Ruger Mini Thirty Tactical model. Basically the Ruger Mini Thirty Tactical is the 7.62x39mm caliber Ruger Mini Thirty with a shorter, threaded, 16.12″ barrel, and a Ruger flash suppressor. Now Ruger is offering the Mini Thirty Tactical in a stainless steel finish.

The Ruger Mini Thirty Tactical in Stainless Steel, like the blued Ruger Mini Thirty Tactical, features a synthetic stock, a cold hammer-forged barrel, integral scope mounts, aperture rear sight, and a drilled and tapped receiver. The Ruger Mini Thirty in Stainless Finish’s pre-drilled receiver lets you mount the included Picatinny rail on the receiver instead of using the long-established Ruger Scope Rings. This rail allows for red dot sights or other non-traditional optics, like an ACOG or Elcan scope.

The Ruger Mini Thirty Tactical with Stainless Finish ships with two magazines, Ruger scope rings, and the previously mentioned Picatinny rail. The MSRP for the new Ruger Mini Thirty Tactical with Stainless Finish is $1169, but the street price seems to be hovering around the $850 mark.

You can see the complete Ruger Mini Thirty line, including the Ruger Mini Thirty Tactical in Stainless Steel here at Ruger.com.

Ruger Mini Thirty Stainless

Ruger Mini Thirty Tactical Stainless



Scott is a firearms enthusiast and gun hobbyist whose primary interest is the practical application of gun ownership. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he hosts and blogs for The Firearms Podcast, a podcast and blog about gun stuff by gun people. Scott is a 20-year veteran of the USAF and been a member of his base, state and the All Guard marksmanship teams. He can be reached via email at scott@thefirearmspodcast.com


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  • Don Ward

    Perfect for my A-Team LARPing squad.

    • Devil_Doc

      Hater. lol..

    • Bucho4Prez

      whoa, doesn’t everyone already have a folding stock, stainless mini already? That was , like, the first thing I got…

    • MeaCulpa

      Range days must be fun! “god damn son, you hit the target for the third time, you’re out of this squad!”

      • Don Ward

        That’s why we opt for a weapon like the Ruger Mini. Absolutely no chance of hitting a target three times in a row…

  • gunsandrockets

    For some odd reason Ruger appears to be using an image of the Mini-14 Tactical for the image of the new Mini Thirty in stainless steel.

  • bobinmi

    If they figure out a way to make this damn thing shoot steel ammo reliably I will buy one. Very frustrating that the firing pin negates one of the primary reasons to shoot 7.62×39

    • Swarf

      What would the firing pin care about the case material? The primer is stiI brass, yes?

      I’m not trying to start an argument, I’m unfamiliar with this issue.

      • DrewN

        Military primer cups are harder to prevent slam fires. You should use them if you reload for the M1A for example.

    • Anon. E Maus

      Replace your hammer spring with one from Wolf and it should reliably hit cheap steelcase primers.

  • Dickie

    Rugers on a roll with new weapons. I love it.

  • TED

    Oh yeah!! A gun that doesn’t work with the most common ammo, cost more than an AK or AR, and uses hideously expensive proprietary mags!!

    • Jim Slade

      I kinda’ like the thing, but those mags are a deal breaker.

      • codfilet

        How many mags do you need? Since I’m not an operator operating, I think 6 factory mags are more than adequate.

        • Paul White

          at 30 damn bucks a pop that’s still pricey for these

          • codfilet

            Factory mags-well worth it. They function flawlessly, and are durable,too.

        • Jim Slade

          If they’re anything like the .223 scout rifle mags at release time, 6 of ’em will set you back nearly $500.
          Hell, you could buy……. exactly…. the same number….. of HK pistol mags for that.

          • codfilet

            Whaaaaa?/?//?. Ruger factory mags don’t cost anything like that.

      • Joshua Knott

        The mini 30 mags have a bolt open follower , aso ak type rifles don’t have a bolt catch and the mini does . Yes there are Yugoslavia mags that have the bolt open follower but the bolt still slams home when dropping a spent mag.

    • Ross

      The police trade in 14’s out there for $500 are a decent deal, but probably still not as good as a decent budget AR like the S&W Sport or Palmetto M4gery you can get for the same price.

      I’d like a Mini14 just for that kind of M1/M14 feel of a rifle, but not for almost double the price of an AR.

    • EdgyTrumpet

      Bro, the mags are what makes it tactical. Do you even operate?

    • Joshua Knott

      Hey another guy who bases judgement off a reputation 20 years ago …grudge holder…. I own one, 580 series or newer serial numbers utilize the new tooling ,barrel manufacture and castings. It shoot steel case all the time and do not have light primer strikes or any problems . Just shoot a newer one

    • Nimrod

      My original mini 30 shoots everything all the time. I hear that a stronger trigger spring (Wolf) allows them to reliably fire surplus ammo.

  • Mad Marsupial

    What is that hideous bulge on the righthand side ahead of the receiver?

    • Tim

      That is where the operating rod is.

      • Mad Marsupial

        Ahhh! Thank you.

        I’ve never had my hands on any of the Mini-14 rifles. Fired an M-14 once about 30 years ago.

        Seems to stick out more (at least to the eye) with the black stock.

        • Bear_The_Grizzly

          It’s my understanding that Ruger throws a cover over the op rod to prevent window lickers from pinching their fingers. So it is bulged out in comparison to the original design.

          • codfilet

            I have an original 180-series Mini-14 with a wood stock, and wooden handguard. Never pinched my fingers.

          • Swarf

            You likely don’t get your moisture from windows and manage to get the skivvies on under the pants most days, so his point stands.

          • Anon. E Maus

            The old Mini-14GB rifles and AC556 assault rifles featured a cover over the oprod like that, I guess the idea is that you don’t pinch your fingers or impede the oprod in an emergency by mistake, which isn’t a strictly a bad idea for what’s intended as a combat rifle, it’s hardly like that little bit of plastic adds any weight worth considering.

        • Tim

          Your welcome.

          I’m pretty sure the M14 was like the M1, with the op rod exposed.

          Ruger decided to eventually cover it on later models.

    • iksnilol

      That thing there is a cover for the dog leg. Beats having things gunk up the dog leg or putting it out of battery.

  • uisconfruzed

    Did they manage to make it reliable and accurate???

    • David Harmon

      It’s Ruger. You should already know the answer to that.

      • uisconfruzed

        The mini 30 has a piss poor accuracy reputation.
        The RPR is accurate, my .44mag Blackhawk isn’t.
        My modified 10/22, MKIII & III pistols are tack drivers.

        • cuda1179

          I have a mini 30 that is dang accurate. The later generations of them now have thicker barrels, which helps. I also put an accu-strut on mine and a muzzle brake. It’s never going to be a “sniper” rifle, but even shooting tula steel cased ammo I’m getting 4 inch groups at 160 yards.

          • uisconfruzed

            Noyce, I’ve wanted one of these in the past.
            The lack of accuracy and crude mfg steered me towards an AR.

          • cuda1179

            These guns are anything but crude. I also put mine in a pistol grip stock. The Stock is a side-folder and made by ATI (currently they put these stocks on some mini 14’s strait from the factory.) With a 1 to 6 power scope I generally use this as my anti-coyote rifle.
            As far as I see it, this gun is basically half-way between an AK47 and an AR15 in terms of accuracy and reliability. It’s definitely a tad on the heavy side though. The good thing is that all those stainless parts are SUPER easy to clean.

          • Anon. E Maus

            You should be able to reach 2 inches at 100 yards with good ammo.

            For the Accu-Strut, I don’t think it’ll really do anything for the new rifles, the barrels are thicker and more rigid, they don’t have excess whip like the old guns, which is what the Strut is supposed to prevent.

            You could probably get better groupings by taking the Strut off and then having the stock glass bedded.

    • HenryV

      I am sure that is covered in the text somewhere on the rifle.

      • I dont know

        They are ammo dependent just like any other black rifles out there

        They can be as picky as a bolt gun some times, I have a 30 06
        bolt gun with 1 in 10 and it will only shoot 168 grn bullets only accurately
        it will put 3 to 5 rounds in the same hole all day long cold or hot barrel.

        If i put any other bullet weight in my 30 06 bolt gun it will shoot a shotgun size pattern up to 3 inches or more.

        Mini rifles this same problem wrong bullet weight you get a shotgun affect

        You put the wrong weight to barrel twist and they wont shoot accurate at all.

        Just because you like the ammo does not mean the gun will.&
        most people dont want to here this.

        My Mini 14 has a 1 in 9 and only likes mid weight bullets

    • Anon. E Maus

      The Mini-14 and Mini-30 were discontinued and revamped in 2005 and 2006, any of the rifles made since then have stronger barrels and don’t exhibit the same problems as the old rifles.

      There’s a rumor that the Mini-30 has a .308 bore, but this is not true.
      On cheap steelcase ammo, it has been known to get light primer strikes, but if this happens the hammer spring can be replaced with a Wolf one.

  • codfilet

    How can this be “new”? I have a stainless Mini-30, with a wood stock, and I’ve had it for many years.

    • Twilight sparkle

      The word “tactical” is key here, basically they just gave it a new stock

      • gunsandrockets

        Barrel profile is quite different too.

        • Twilight sparkle

          Ah I hadn’t seen that bottom image for some reason. Looks almost like they pinned it at 16. I assumed they just stuck it in one of those ati stocks like the tactical mini 14s

          • gunsandrockets

            Most of the “tactical” Minis in addition to shorter 16 inch threaded barrel, also have a very thick almost bull barrel profile in front of the gas block.

            I saw one review of the blued tactical Mini Thirty that was quite accurate shooting the cheap Russian 154 grain SP ammo.

          • Twilight sparkle

            I was almost certain that ruger was now doing that on all minis including ranch rifles in order to combat the reputation of inaccuracy

          • gunsandrockets

            Yeah, the new cone barrel profile which replaced the old pencil barrels. But the Tactical barrels are even thicker.

          • Twilight sparkle

            I see, I just assumed it lookeda bit thicker because it was a 30 caliber

          • Twilight sparkle

            I see, I just assumed it lookeda bit thicker because it was a 30 caliber

    • JSmath

      The stock is the same.

      Rather, they cut the barrel down to a hair over 16″, then threaded it, put a removable flash suppressor on. You’d think they changed a few of the action components to adjust for the difference in dwell time, but that doesn’t have to be the case.

  • Hassan

    The 580 series mini 14 is a fine weapon, but I can’t say the same for the mini 30. While my mini 14 will shoot virtually anything I put through it reliably (including Tula garbage), the mini 30 fails to function with steel cased ammo, which is outrageous given the fact that it’s a 7.62×39 gun. You’d be way better off with an AK or SKS if you want a 7.62×39 gun.

    • cuda1179

      Odd, I have a 583 series, and I shoot steel cased Tula ammo out of it all the time. It chews it up and spits it out, no problems.

    • Anon. E Maus

      Get a Wolf hammer spring and it should start eating Tula just fine.

  • Christopher Wallace

    all i can say is LOL

  • Richard

    Do they offer stainless magazines for it?

  • William Taylor

    Keep in mind that Ruger strongly recommends against using steel cased ammo in these. If you want to burn up lots of $1.50 per round brass cased stuff, have at it…… I’d have bought one years ago if it weren’t for this dumb move on their part. AK and SKS for me…..

    • mbrd

      where do you find ruger recommending against using steel cased ammo? i can’t find it in my mini 30 owner’s manual, or anywhere else, and i’ve got all of the original literature and packaging for my mini 30, as well as ruger hardcopy catalogs for the last several years. i’ll have to check that manual again.

      i actually thought it had been established in another tfb thread that there was no ruger recommendation against steel cased ammo, but i may have it backwards.

      • William Taylor

        It was in a reply from a Ruger engineer to an email I sent them a couple of years ago. He said Ruger strongly advises against the use of steel cased ammo in the Mini .30.
        Along with that, keep in mind that Ruger uses US SAAMI specs in all its rifles – .308 vs. .311/.312 bore diameter, chamber dimensions, etc. The steel cased COMBLOC cartridges were designed to conform to European standards, which are not necessarily the same thing. One example of that sort of thing is the use of fluted chambers in many of the 7.62 x 54R rifles (Dragunov, eg.) to aid in extraction with the steel cased stuff.

  • clampdown

    The steel-cased ammo issue and price are the issues for me. I’m not above paying $30 for magazines to have a gun that points and handles better to me than other 7.62×39 semi-auto guns, including my beloved SKS. A Mini-30 in the $600-700 range that has no issues with cheap ammo or accuracy would be a no-brainer for me. Those little guns feel so good.

  • Ark

    Has California figured out how to ban the Mini-14 yet?

    • gunsandrockets

      Yes. In fact such a bill was passed in 2014 but vetoed by the Governor.

      I don’t expect that mercy next time…

      • diana pierce

        follow the money.

  • 22winmag

    M67 brass ammo is still easy to find for about $.30/round. It’s all it shoot through my 7.62×39 AR15 and I’ve never had a single failure. I bet it works great in the Mini 30.

    • Twilight sparkle

      a lot of people don’t want to take extra steps to clean corrosive ammo.

  • El Duderino

    Why don’t they just call it the CA-47 and confirm what we all know is true.

    Or CA-AK…lol

    • RSG

      Nope. Detachable mag and threaded barrel.

  • gunsandrockets

    Aww… and here I was hoping for an announcement of a 6.5mm Grendel caliber version of the Mini Thirty.

    Maybe next year?

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    Ruger announces the new factory 30 round 7.62×39 magazine…

    Nope.. Just Kidding.

  • hugh swan

    keep my 6.8

    • gunsandrockets

      I’m curious, how has it been working out for you? I’ve only ever seen one of those discontinued models.

  • brian

    Took em long enough to ditch the proprietary scope mounts…just to go backwards and NOT recommend use of steel case ammo….yeah an $850 “tactical” rifle that cost about $1.50 every time you pull the trigger? No thanks! Again Ruger brings another retarded firearm to market…wow, like no one saw that coming!

  • Old Vet

    My wife didn’t like her PSA AR so I bought her one of the Tacticals (5.56). She has only shot a few rounds but she loves it. It is good for minute of man/deer which is what she wanted it to be. I admit I like the feel myself.

  • Capital.Ord

    If they, the engineers at Ruger, were smart, they’d make it take original AK magazines!

  • Frank Hunter

    my old one was stainless so why is this a story? still the most inaccurate rifle made

    • mbrd

      the top photo is inaccurately captioned; it is a ranch rifle which has been available in stainless for years. the bottom photo is of the mini 30 tactical (16″ threaded barrel, flash suppressor) which was previously only available in blued steel.

  • denru

    For the price, one can get a good AK. I really do think it’s overpriced for what it is. Probably still paying for the licensing of the gas system and bolt system they use. Ruger should redesign, if that’s the case, and try to come up with something cheaper to manufacturer and not have to worry about licensing. I can think of a few systems right now that might work.