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mini 30 vs. ak 47

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Revolver Ocelot, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. Revolver Ocelot

    Revolver Ocelot Well-Known Member

    I'm looking for a survival/bug out type weapon and I have been looking around at 7.62x39 rifles and of all of them these two came out on top: the arsenal sgl 21 and the ruger mini 30 tactical, Now I'm stuck.

    I would like to hear opinions on which will be the better rifle out of the box for the fore mentioned type of scenario.

    The cost of the weapon, the type of accessories available or the cost of magazines etc is of no concern here.

    Thanks for any input,


    edit: is the arsenal sam7 worth the extra money?
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2012
  2. fatcat4620

    fatcat4620 Well-Known Member

    SGL, AK stuff is easier to come by.
  3. guyfromohio

    guyfromohio Well-Known Member

    That particular AK would come out on top. Otherwise, I'd bet my life on the Ruger before many of the cheaper production models.
  4. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    AK. Any of them.
  5. 68wj

    68wj Well-Known Member

    VZ58 > AK > Mini :D
  6. Trung Si

    Trung Si Well-Known Member

    Just about any AK, except the Bubba'd ones that are around these Days!:D
  7. Adam123

    Adam123 Well-Known Member

    AK wins hands down.
  8. The_Armed_Therapist

    The_Armed_Therapist Well-Known Member

    I absolutely LOVE the Ruger Minis, and I still say go with the AK.
  9. 3twelves

    3twelves member

    Havn't had much luck with Ruger including their Mini 30. Sent to ruger came back with the same problem.
  10. Shear_stress

    Shear_stress Well-Known Member

    The Mini 30 is a cool rifle. One thing that has kept me from buying one is that they are just not designed to work with the wide range of ammo that an AKM-clone can handle. Some have trouble popping primers or failing to extract with certain brands of Russian ammo. You would need to do some experimentation to see which ammo your rifle prefers.

    Firing pins are a weak point, as is the availability of reliable magazines. Yes, new Ruger brand "regular capacity" magazines are being sold again, but they aren't exactly under every rock.

    I'm happy to be corrected by any Mini 30 owners, but the above issues are a constant theme on perfectunion.com.
  11. bubba in ca

    bubba in ca Well-Known Member

    If you are going to add a scope I would go with the Ruger because the newer ones come with their own rings.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2012
  12. bubba in ca

    bubba in ca Well-Known Member

    Don`t own a mini 30 but have a mini 14. If you are going to use a scope then I would go for the ruger as the new ones come with their own scope rings.
  13. Balrog

    Balrog Well-Known Member

    I have both an Arsenal AK and a Ruger Mini 30. I like both very much. I mounted a forend top rail to the AK and have a red dot on it. This is an easy do it yourself add on. I replaced the top piece of the forend on the Ruger with a rail also. I red dotted it as well. Also a very easy do it yourself change.

    This addition makes both rifles better. I would highly recommend doing that to whichever you go with.

    They are about equally accurate. The Ruger does not like some Russian ammo. Specifically, that ammo has hard primers, and the Ruger doesnt always light them. I would not recommend using Russian ammo in a Ruger, especially if you are using it for self defense.

    Ruger magazines are also about twice as expensive as AK mags.

    I like both very much though.
  14. dprice3844444

    dprice3844444 member

    ruger mini i heard has firing pin probs with steel case ammo
  15. Adam123

    Adam123 Well-Known Member

    The AK has more and better mounting options.
  16. Quentin

    Quentin Well-Known Member

    I like the looks of the Mini-30 but went with an AKM and never looked back.
  17. mf-dif

    mf-dif Well-Known Member

    Arsenal is a top tier AK builder. I would definately select that over a Mini 30.

    WASR vs Mini 30? I would take the Mini 30 because it's a higher quality rifle. However you said bugout, not collecting...so AK every time no matter the model. It'll keep on running through almost anything. Last time I saw, field stripping a Mini is not easy.
  18. OilyPablo

    OilyPablo Well-Known Member

    I'm a Mini guy. I mainly like Mini-14's but love the 30 as well.

    That said, buy an AK FIRST then buy a Mini. AK is a low cost beater gun, that seems to have become kind of expensive. The drawback of most AK's are the short stock not comfortable at all when firing like a standard rifle.

    Maybe an inbetween 7.62x39 rifle - A Saiga!!! A VERY reliable rifle - the only problem is the trigger, a bit rough, but correctable (I did mine by converting to an AK style.)

    Currently I own the converted Saiga and a Mini. As a side note, neither has jammed or failed to feed on a variety of ammo.
  19. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Well-Known Member

  20. msrfrog

    msrfrog Well-Known Member

    ak or saiga

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