The She Wolf is an active member of A Girl and a Gun club in north Texas. Today a group of them scheduled an outing that featured shooting fully automatic firearms including an Uzi, AR-14, AK-47 and other activities on private land.
The girls needed a couple of guys to fill the group and the Mrs didn’t have to ask me twice! I brought along my early birthday present, a new Ruger Mini-14 Ranch carbine.
Back in the day, I regularly shot and qualified with the Uzi and other fully automatic firearms. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of full autos, because it doesn’t matter how many rounds you put down range if you can’t put them on target. Full auto shooting is about the least effective way I know to put rounds on target.
A good time was had by all, especially the Wolf who was able to separate himself from the Girls with Guns for most of the day. I was able to free style with my my semi-auto Rugers, the Mini 14, 10/22 TD and SR40C. We’ve shot many thousand rounds over the past 30+ years but I can’t remember ever having more fun shooting than I did today. The Wolf was able to shoot moving targets, multi-targets, exploding targets and hundreds of rounds of ammo in a secluded area, miles from civilization. I was even able to practice drawing from the holster and rapid fire, something that can’t be done at my local range.
I’m too tired to go into a full review, so I’m posting a Hickok45 YouTube video on his experience with the Mini 14. I’ll post more on mine later. Suffice it to say that I can’t remember ever having more fun with a birthday present. Can’t tell you how much I enjoyed shooting the Mini-14 today. I was able to put rounds on target at 300 yards like I do at 30 feet with my handguns.
If you’re looking for a “traditional” looking carbine that shoots like an AR-15, this may be your gun. You can pick one up for about half the price of a new AR.