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Old March 27th, 2017, 03:43 PM   #1
 
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Does anyone like the trigger that comes with the Mini-14 thank you

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Old March 29th, 2017, 04:26 PM   #2
 
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Lol. If you have to ask, then you are one of us.


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I have had 4 mini 14s and I like each one no problem with the trigger on any one.
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Not really, but it is no different than any Mil-Spec trigger. It is learnable but not the greatest. Good thing trigger jobs are easy and not very expensive.

https://www.brimstonegunsmithing.com...i-trigger-work
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I did my time with the Mini-14 (several actually) and I no longer play in that sandbox.

The mini-14 is an amazingly reliable semi-auto centerfire rifle but accuracy is just not its strong point. People say the newer models are much improved but frankly the old models had so far to go that even a lot of improvement still leaves something to be desired.

All of that being said, the trigger on a Mini-14 is the same basic system used on the M1 Garand, M-14 and M1A. It utilizes a hammer with two notches and a trigger that acts on two sears (technically one is a disconnector). It's not a bad system and the roots of it are from John Browning. However it's designed for rugged simplicity. The secondary sear (disconnector) intercepts the hammer after the bolt cycles and prevents the hammer from following the bolt. That sear then releases the hammer when the trigger is released but the primary sear then captures the hammer until the trigger is pulled again. The primary sear (the one that actually releases the hammer to fire the gun) is where the problems are. The engagement surfaces are fairly deep and they aren't finished to a terribly high polish. On top of that, there's a fair amount of force applied by the hammer spring to the sear surfaces.

Now, a competent gunsmith that knows how to set up a M-14 or M1 trigger can apply the same techniques to a Mini-14 trigger. It's not a job for a backyard gunsmith. The hammer notch and sear angles must be perfectly parallel in order to be done safely.

Truth be told, even with a good trigger the Mini-14 is not a sub M.O.A target rifle.
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I did my time with the Mini-14 (several actually) and I no longer play in that sandbox.

The mini-14 is an amazingly reliable semi-auto centerfire rifle but accuracy is just not its strong point. People say the newer models are much improved but frankly the old models had so far to go that even a lot of improvement still leaves something to be desired.
Yeah I feel ya buddy, I'm gonna have to get rid of both my Mini 14's. They are great rifles, one can get 2MOA and the other is sub MOA. But the tells of so many others, with the complaints against the rifle, I have decide they are crap and should go in the garbage. It is obvious the Mini 14 is a dismal platform, and no one can seem to ever do anything right out them. I can't understand why Ruger still produces them, or even made improvements to their production line.

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The new one are reportedly better than the old ones. The heavier barrels seem to be a big part of the solution. The fixed piston and massive op rod are good for reliable functioning but can be problematic for accuracy. Some people report that reducing the amount of gas admitted into the system helps to improve accuracy.

The trigger is also a point that can be improved be a competent gunsmith.

The mini-14 is a good design in terms of reliability. In fact it is very difficult to get one dirty enough to stop it from functioning. I'll admit that I gave up on the Mini-14 before the newer models came on the market.
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trigger makes the gun.and no i did not like the stock trigger.mine is a master yote killer and does what i need it to do.
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It's a military style trigger and safety. I've no problems with it. No desire to give mine a trigger job.

To me, the Mini is a brush gun and plinker. My only mod was a strut.

Part of the fun in shooting a gun, is mastering its trigger. Can you improve it? Sure. However, I have zero desire to mod my trigger. It would not add enough net perceivable benefits for me to want to put the time, effort, or money into it

For what my expectations of the rifle is, and what role I want it to fill, the trigger fits the bill.


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If I was going to bench-shoot my mini at paper targets, then I might be inclined to improve on the trigger. But I don't (plink, brush-gun). Was raised on military triggers and I have no problems with mine. I must say my very old 181 Mini is smoother than my new 583, but given the number of times that trigger has been pulled, it is understandable it would be smoother (broken in). The only improvement for the newer one I would be interested in is getting the grittiness out of it.
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I sent my Mini-14 trigger assembly to Brimestone, they fixed it up for ~$50.
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Arthur, one point to consider: as I understand things to be, should you ever need to send your Mini back to Ruger CS, what you will get back (if they can repair it) is a stock trigger - not the one you sent in. They restore it back to factory-original condition.

There are plenty of YouTube videos on how to smooth out your stock trigger should you feel brave enough to do so. Might try that first. By all accounts, Brimstone does a wonderful job, but it just isn't for me. I'll save finer trigger pulls for other weapons (not carbines). A fine trigger job (as well as Starbucks coffee) is probably wasted on me, so take that into consideration with this "advice".
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My 186 Series Mini-14 had a terrible trigger pull so I did a very easy disassembly of the trigger mechanism and did a very simple trigger job, that in itself helped significantly in my groups, not to mention several other things I did to make it much more accurate.
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