Posts Tagged ‘Mini-14’

I was talking to a friend the other day about whether or not I should sell my AR.  He was against the idea and told me if I wasn’t enjoying shooting it anymore that maybe I should change it up a little.  He suggested I reconfigure it with different attachments or come up with some challenges to make it more interesting.  I agreed to give that a shot before giving up on ol’ Frankenstein.

20140314_203021The next day a co-worker asked me if I knew anyone who would be interested in a rifle scope or two.  He was going through the attic at his dad’s and they came across 3 brand new Tasco scopes from 1984.  The good Tascos that were made in Japan and not the more inexpensive ones they sell now.  His dad was, and still is, addicted to auctions and estate sales, so they’re always coming across stuff they can’t remember buying.  I said I might be interested and he offered to let me try one out for a while and then we could discuss a price if I decided to keep it.

He brought it to me today and right after work I went home and immediately began the changeover.  I had assumed the rings from my red dot scope would work on the Tasco scope, but I was wrong; they were way too big.  I ran back to town real quick and bought a scope mount made by Millet Tactical.  It was way more expensive than just some basic rings but it definitely looks like its built better and is more reliable.

AR15_Mar14_2014The scope went on really easy and its all set up.  Now I just need some good weather and a place to do some distance shooting (the outdoor ranges in my area are closed until May).  I’m not 100% sure I like the way it looks but that might just be because I’m not good with change.  I’ve had that red dot sight on the rifle for a while now and I had really grown fond of it.  Now, to me at least, Frankenstein looks like the monster it was named after.

What do you think?  Does it look good?  Should I get a different mount?  Paint the mount?  Paint the scope?  Let me know in the comments below because I really need some outside input on this.

Mini14_Mar14_2014P.S. – The Mini-14 is now rocking the red dot and looking oh so sexy.  I do think it will be staying that way for now.  Besides making it looks more appealing it’ll almost certainly improve my accuracy.  I think the Mini-14 would look much better with a long scope than the AR, the trick is just finding a good way to mount it without having to modify the rifle.

Well I’m back to blogging more consistently again.  It feels good to actually get back to this.  The survival updates are fun too but I like gun stuff a lot more.  I don’t have a whole lot to say tonight, so lets just get right down to what you came here for.

Here’s what was available as of 8:30 on April 3rd, 2013:

.223
Able Ammo – 9 options
Ammo.net – 7 options
AmmoMan – 1 options
Ammo2U – Winchester ammo
Ammo For Sale – 5 options
Bulk Ammo – 7 options
Cheaper Than Dirt – 11 options
GunBot – So many options . . .
Lucky Gunner – 9 options
Surplus Ammo – 16 options (I think)
Ventura Munitions – 1 options

5.56
Able Ammo – 9 options
Ammo.net – 9 options
AmmoMan – 2 options
Ammo For Sale – 9 options
Bulk Ammo – 11 options
Cheaper Than Dirt – 11 options
GunBot – Lots and lots
Lucky Gunner – 7 options
Surplus Ammo – 16 options (I think)
Ventura Munitions – 1 options

7.62x39mm
Able Ammo – 2 options
Ammo.net – 6 options
Ammo For Sale – 6 options
Bulk Ammo – 6 options
Cheaper Than Dirt – 6 options
DAG Ammo – 2 options of TulAmmo
GunBot – Whole bunch of options
Lucky Gunner – 8 options
Sportsmans Guide – Blank ammo
Surplus Ammo – 5 options
Ventura Munitions – 2 options

7.62x54R
Able Ammo – TulAmmo
Ammo.net – 3 options
AmmoMan – 2 options
Ammo2U – Winchester ammo
Bulk Ammo – 5 options
Cheaper Than Dirt – 5 options
DAG Ammo – TulAmmo
GunBot – Whole bunch of choices
J & G Sales – 9 options
Lucky Gunner – 6 options
Sportsmans Guide – 2 options
Surplus Ammo – 6 options

22lr
Able Ammo – 7 options
AmmoMan – Blank ammo
Bulk Ammo – 2 options of Eley ammo
Cheaper Than Dirt – 5 options
GunBot – Many options but $0.19 per round is the cheapest
J & G Sales – 4 options
Lucky Gunner – Eley Ammo
Natchez Shooting Supplies – CCI Shotshells
Sportsmans Guide – 3 options
Surplus Ammo – 7 options


Ammo is still plenty available but prices are still pretty high, but I feel like I’m just repeating what I say every time.  Its good to see that GunBot has started including more calibers and suppliers as well.  Really makes for a much better list than I can provide anymore.  But I don’t intend to quit anytime soon.

Feel free to leave any comments or suggestions.  You can also email me if you prefer.  I don’t get a lot of comments or emails so I take time to answer each one I receive.  Comments, suggestions, and tips are always appreciated.

I would like to thank everyone who took a second to vote in last weeks poll.  I’ve decided that I’m going to put up a new poll every week to help drive some interaction on the blog as well as give me ides for new posts, like I’m doing today.  This weeks poll can be seen to the left of my post.  It asks about your practice habits.  Take a second and vote if you will; you don’t need to be a subscriber or wordpress member to vote.

Last week’s poll asked the question:  “What’s your favorite type of rifle camo?”  There were 21 votes (as of when I pulled it) and the results are below:

  • Woodland – 5
  • Desert – 5
  • Snow – 5
  • Factory Color – 4
  • Digital – 1
  • No Camo/Wood Stock – 1

 

While there weren’t many votes compared to the views I received (over 3,700 views on the blog last week and only 21 votes) I still think it shows us something.  Camouflage really varies based on personal preference.  There are many different kinds and I really only mentioned the ones I thought were the most common, but more people voted for a pattern of some kind than none at all.

Personally, I’ve always preferred desert camo.  That’s why I purchased tan stocks from ATI for my Mini-14 and my SKS.  I just think it looks cool.  I’ve never lived in an area where it would be useful (woodland would serve me much better) but the only shooting I do is at the range and my backyard anyway.

Camouflage is used by a lot of people for hunting, that’s a given.  Having a rifle that blends in with the scenery around you helps keep you hidden.  But I think a lot of people choose camo like I do, just because they like it.  That’s why my AR15 is black and white.  Camo is as much about personalization as it is functionality.  Our firearms are an extension of our personalities.  We all like different firearms.  And we all like different camo.  We choose to express these differences with our firearms, much like we do with our cars.  We’re proud of them (most of the time), we want them to be seen.

What are your thoughts?  This is your chance to rant and rave about those of us who colorize our weapons as well.  Do you feel all camo should be functional?  Or are you the kind of person who hunts in the snow with a rifle painted tan and brown?  Feel free to link to photos of your guns as well.  Or email a copy to me and I can include them in the post. Oh and feel free to vote in the poll. Its still open and will keep adding up the total.

Now that I know how to embed videos (I feel so stupid for not figuring it out sooner) I decided that I needed to go back and change some previous posts to include the videos I had only linked to before.  For the most part that’s the only change I’ve made.  Below is a list of the posts I updated in case you missed any of them the first time through:

If you missed these posts the first time, give them a view.  Nothing amazing in most of them and nothing has changed if you have already seen them.  Let me know if embedding the videos improved the posts or made them worse.

Also, I know I usually only post twice a day but there will be 4 today.  I don’t like blowing up your inbox but that’s how today is going to go.  Later tonight I’ll post the fourth update which is a combination of two survival tips.

I’m only semi-excited to show this to you.  There is a website that now automatically searches the web for places that have ammo in stock.  It even lets you choose different filters and makes everything really simple.  It’s not very “pretty” but it’s not hard to use either.  Unfortunately it pretty much makes my ammo updates pointless and will almost certainly result in fewer visitors to my blog.

But I started these updates to help people find ammo and it would be uncool of me to hide it from you.  If you want to abandon me (I’ll only cry for a few minutes) and have an automated program scan the web for you, click here to go to the website.

The website doesn’t look for every caliber or every website however.  Right now it only searches for:

  • .223/5.56
  • 7.62×39
  • 22lr
  • 9mm
  • .308
  • .45ACP
  • .300 AAC
  • .40 S&W.
  • 5.45×39
  • .380 Auto
  • 5.7×28
  • 10mm
  • 30-06
  • 6.8 SPC

 

I will continue to do my updates as usual and be sure to include all the websites I can.  I will spend more time on 7.62x54R and .50AE than I used to as well because as of right now those are not included in the websites searches.  So there you have it, one more resource for finding ammunition during this very tough time.

I wanted this post to go out last night but unfortunately I was unable to get it done.  I left my laptop at my dad’s house the other day and since his house is over an hour away I figured the update could wait.  I know, excuses excuses . . .

Anyway, here’s the update I promised.  I’ve decided to remove Powder Valley from my list because checking their site is very tedious for me.  Whatever they use to write the coding for the website prevents loading different parts of the website in separate tabs.  And all the links are just to their home page anyway.  And they don’t usually have much.

Once again, ammo seems to be returning to stores.  7.26×39 appears to have made a come back from my previous ammo update as well.  While some of the calibers only have an option or two, they’re still available.  You can get some ammo, you just can’t be picky.  Below is everything that was available as of 7:32pm on February 22nd, 2013.

.223
Ammo.net – Federal 55 grain FMJ – 1000/$925
Bulk Ammo – Federal American Eagle 55 grain FMJ –  1000/$919
Cheaper Than Dirt – Two options
Lucky Gunner – Speer Gold Dot 64 grain SP – 20/$35
Natchez Shooting Supplies – Remington 69 grain match BTHP – 20/$32

5.56
Ammo.net – Federal and PMC
Ammo For Sale – Federal and PMC
Bulk Ammo – Four options
Cheaper Than Dirt – Six options
Lucky Gunner – Lake City and PMC

7.62x39mm
Ammo.net – Brown Bear 123 grain HP – 500/$240
Ammo For Sale – Brown Bear 123 grain HP – 500/$239
Bulk Ammo – Brown Bear 123 grain HP – 500/$235
Cheaper Than Dirt – TulAmmo 122 grain FMJ – 500/$330
DAG Ammo – Two options of TulAmmo
Lucky Gunner – Brown Bear 123 grain HP – 500/$239
SCDS Ammo – Four options of Russian surplus ammo  **CANADA Only**

7.62x54R
Ammo.net – Prvi Partizan 182 grain FMJ – 20/$19
Bulk Ammo – Prvi Partizan 182 grain FMJ – 20/$19
Cheaper Than Dirt – Nine options
DAG Ammo – TulAmmo 148 grain FMJ – 500/$358
J & G Sales – Eight options
Lucky Gunner – Two options
Natchez Shooting Supplies – Two options of Winchester
SCDS Ammo – 148 grain FMJ – 20/$13  **CANADA Only**

9mm
Ammo.net – Three options
Ammo For Sale – Three options
Bulk Ammo – Three options
Cheaper Than Dirt – Two options of Allegiance
Lucky Gunner – Two options
Midway USA – Two options
SCDS Ammo – 115 grain FMJ – 50/$14  **CANADA Only**

.45ACP
Ammo.net – Seventeen options
Ammo For Sale – Nineteen options
Bulk Ammo – Nineteen options
Cheaper Than Dirt – Twenty one options
J & G Sales – Four options
Lucky Gunner – Fifteen options
Midway USA – Two options
Natchez Shooting Supplies – Six options

.50AE
Cheaper Than Dirt – Double Tap 300 grain JHP – 20/$39.79

22lr
Cheaper Than Dirt – Eley and Aguila
J & G Sales – Just some Eley

Hope that helps!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog.  If the updates help you out, feel free to subscribe.  They’ll get sent straight to your inbox as soon as I publish them.  Or you can just memorize my blog’s address and type it in every time if you’re one of those people who like to do it the hard way . . .

It seems that my previous post, “Ammo Out of Stock? Maybe Not“, was number 100!  I am very pleased to have made it this far and to have received as much support as I have.  It’s been a really great experience blogging about guns and shooting because it’s something I am really interested in.

So I want to say thanks to all my viewers.  Especially my subscribers.  Seeing the number of subscribers slowly increase over the past few months has been inspiring and has made me want to continue even more than before.

And in honor of 100 (well 101 now) posts, I’m going to give away a box of ammo!  I have more .223, 7.62×39, and 22lr ammo than I need at the moment and I figure this is a good way to thank one lucky subscriber.  The winner will get to choose either .223, 7.62, or 22lr and I will ship a box (20 rounds of .223/7.62 or 50 rounds of 22lr) to them absolutely free.  I have several brands of each kind and I will offer a few to choose from in case the winner is picky.  🙂

To win, simply comment below.  The first subscriber to post a comment below will receive the ammo.  I will contact the winner as soon as there is one!  If you’re not already a subscriber you can always become one today and still have a chance to win.  Plus, you never know, I might do more giveaways in the future too!

***  The winner of the giveaway is David  ***
He will be receiving a box of ammo of his choice for his quick reaction to my post.  Don’t worry though, I might do more of these in the future so there’s still good reason to become a subscriber if you aren’t already!
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