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Old 06-02-2019, 5:02 PM
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Default Does anyone's agency currently issue, or allow a Mini 14 as a patrol rifle?

I get the whole, "I hate Mini 14's and, AR's are better." deal.
I was just wondering if any departments out there still issued or allowed officers to carry Mini's on duty for patrol rifles?
Not sure if the San Bernardino County Sheriff's office still uses them.
What say you guys?

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Old 06-02-2019, 5:18 PM
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I know of one that does, or at least did a few years ago. Several deputies had stainless Mini14s for patrol rifles.
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CDCR in the towers.

And the A-Team...

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Old 06-02-2019, 6:21 PM
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CDCR in the towers.
I remember the CDCR did in the 1980s. They still do?
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Old 06-02-2019, 6:44 PM
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I believe the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department still issues Mini-14.

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Old 06-02-2019, 6:47 PM
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I believe the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department still issues Mini-14.

Nice, That's just too cool.
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Laguna Beach PD had mini-14 GB's as a patrol rifle in all patrol units back in the early 1990's. They went to the La riots to protect their firemen And they took the mini 14's. Most everyone else back then was running Remington 870's.

I think they are running the AR platform now.
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Old 06-03-2019, 6:25 AM
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ABC sent a few guys through our rifle class about a year ago. They had brand new mini 14 Tacticalís. The rear sights sucked for zeroing, but the guns ran just fine. They said their command was leery of using ARís due to public image, and using state money to buy ďassault rifles.Ē I felt bad, they were good dudes, but theyíre agency was jacked.

Iíll never forget when we told them (on day 1 of 3) there was a low light shoot day 3. They didnít have lights, let alone a way to mount them to the rifles. They went to Home Depot and bought flashlights and electrical tape. Problem solved.
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Old 06-03-2019, 6:37 AM
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ABC sent a few guys through our rifle class about a year ago. They had brand new mini 14 Tacticalís. The rear sights sucked for zeroing, but the guns ran just fine. They said their command was leery of using ARís due to public image, and using state money to buy ďassault rifles.Ē I felt bad, they were good dudes, but theyíre agency was jacked.

Iíll never forget when we told them (on day 1 of 3) there was a low light shoot day 3. They didnít have lights, let alone a way to mount them to the rifles. They went to Home Depot and bought flashlights and electrical tape. Problem solved.
This is a disgrace honestly, sacrificing officer safety for political image is typical CA bs.
Not knocking the Mini 14 at all. Always thought they were cool but for this application it does not fit the bill...
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I went through a class a couple years ago and ...DMV investigators I think? had brand new Mini 14s as well. They worked fine, but same thing with no lights.
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San Bernardino Sheriff has used Mini-14's since the 80's. I used to carry my own until they said no more personal rifles for duty use. The platform is maligned by many but I can tell you first hand the Mini-14 is a great rifle for the varied locations and terrains we patrol. They have worked flawlessly in every lethal encounter they have been deployed into. I'd take the Mini-14 as a duty rifle over an AR any day.
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Cal fire arson is still using the mini 14. I was talking to one of their investigators about it a couple years ago and he was excited that the had just gotten 30 round mags. He said that the state wouldn't grant an exemption to them so they couldn't buy ARs.
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Cool guys! Thanks for the replies!
I'm a huge fan of the Mini too. I like AR's. Mini's are near and dear to my heart though. If I had to carry a patrol rifle I would choose a Mini any day over an AR.
For a light you can get a short 2 1/2 " Picatinny rail section for like $6 on Amazon and screw it to your stock to mount one.
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Cal fire arson is still using the mini 14. I was talking to one of their investigators about it a couple years ago and he was excited that the had just gotten 30 round mags. He said that the state wouldn't grant an exemption to them so they couldn't buy ARs.

Must link to the "City fireman armed" thread floating around here...

CGN LEO Forum: City fireman armed
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California Highway Patrol (CHP) did years ago...1990 or so.
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The "old" mini-14 and the new models are apples and oranges when it comes to accuracy. I have a late 80's ranch rifle and it is hard pressed to shoot less than 3-4" groups. I also have a new mini that will shoot 2" groups. You will never think about one not working which isn't the case with a lot of AR platform rifles.
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San Bernardino Sheriff has used Mini-14's since the 80's. I used to carry my own until they said no more personal rifles for duty use. The platform is maligned by many but I can tell you first hand the Mini-14 is a great rifle for the varied locations and terrains we patrol. They have worked flawlessly in every lethal encounter they have been deployed into. I'd take the Mini-14 as a duty rifle over an AR any day.
Get with the times you salty old fart! Just messing with you, I do like the light weight/handiness of the Mini-14. But I love my tacticool gear on my AR-15 too much to give it up .



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ABC needs mini-14’s? Now that’s funny.
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I took a patrol rifle instructor course a few months back, an officer there from a state agency had a mini. I think he was DMV.

He killed the course but it was a handful during the night time shoot and move as he had irons and no weapon mounted light. I believe there was also a handgun transition. If I remember he didn't have a sling or he had a parade sling so he had to carry the rifle.
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