Here are the 8 traits that makes the Ruger Mini-14 better than the AR-15.
Lower Profile – doesn’t look aggressive as an AR15
Stock Trigger – 5.5 to 6 pounds trigger
Shorter enhances maneuverability
Longer Sight Radius
Piston operated resulting in cleaner versus gas system of an AR15
Accuracy – revised gas system
Cold Hammer Forged Barrel – gives you greater durability and barrel life
All Stainless – huge advantage in high humidity or salt air along the coasts environment
James Reeves of TFB TV discusses 8 traits of the humble Ruger Mini-14 that actually best the infamous AR15. James also gives viewers a brief history of the Mini-14, including a discussion of improvements that have been made to boost the historic Mini-14’s poor accuracy.
James in the end demonstrates the firing, unloading and reloading to show the main differences between the AR’s and Mini-14.
Production of the Mini-14 started in 1973 by Strum and Ruger. The rifle caliber is 223 Remington and is basically a scaled down version of the M-14.
Mini-14 has more of a personal feel than the AR-15. Maybe it is the wooden stock of the Mini that gives it more of a hunting rifle look and feel than the AR?
One of the negative thing about the mini-14 is the magazine has to catch on the front and then be pulled into position, similar to an AK47. Magazine changes with the AR are much easier.
Another cool feature with the Mini-14 is that the factory stock can be replaced with a folding stock. This makes it a wonderful compact rifle.
Sources: TFB TV, Wiki, AllOutdoor, Firearm Blog, Kevin Felts