Sturm Ruger Mini-14 GB Government Bayonet Stainless .223 Semi-Auto Rifle

SOLD FOR: $905

WOA#: WY240129LW007

Make: Sturm Ruger

Model: Mini-14

Serial Number: 186-73908

Year of Manufacture: 1997

Caliber: .223

Action Type: Semi-Automatic, Gas operated Piston.   

Markings:The left side of the receiver is marked “-RESTRICTED LAW- / ENFORCEMENT/GOV’T / -USE ONLY 91494- / 57305 / 186-73908”, “BEFORE USING GUN-READ WARNINGS IN / INSTRUCTION MANUAL AVAILABLE FREE FROM / STURM, RUGER & CO., INC. / SOUTHPORT,CONN. U.S.A.” with a Ruger Logo.  The top of the receiver is marked “RUGER / MINI-14 / CAL..223”.  The top of the receiver above the chamber is marked with a Ruger Proof.

Barrel Length: 18.5”. 20″ with flash hider.

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated blade between two protective wings fixed to the bayonet lug barrel band.  The rear sight is an adjustable aperture sight.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is wood with polymer vented upper handguard, straight comb, plastic buttplate, nose cap, and two sling rings.  The LOP measures 12.5” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate.  There are no chips or cracks.  There are a few small compression marks.  Overall the stock rates in Excellent condition.

Magazine Quantity & Condition: One Ruger 20rd .223 Magazine in Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Stainless

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 10/10.

Overall Condition:  This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows little operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. There are some light scratches on the barrel exterior.  There is some finish loss on the rear sight with some rust spots. There is minor pinprick erosion on the right side of the receiver.  Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with a total of one magazine.

Our Assessment:  This Ruger Mini-14 Government Bayonet model, distinguished by its past life as an ex-prison armament complete with electro-penciled asset numbers, is a firearm steeped in intrigue and history. This particular variant stands out not just for its operational reliability but as a symbol of the unique intersection between law enforcement utility and collector curiosity. The addition of a bayonet lug on this model hints at its readiness for scenarios that extend beyond the typical call of duty, designed to meet the rigorous demands of law enforcement and correctional facility operations.

Crafted in the 1970s, the Mini-14 was inspired by the storied lineage of military rifles such as the M14 and the M1 Garand, embodying a legacy of American firepower and ingenuity in a compact, efficient form. Typically chambered for the versatile .223 Remington cartridge, it provides a balance of accuracy and stopping power, making it a favored choice for both security forces and civilians alike.

The electro-penciled asset number on this ex-prison Mini-14 not only serves as a mark of its institutional service but also imbues the firearm with a unique identity, tracing its journey through the hands of those tasked with maintaining order behind bars. Such a firearm transcends its material composition, becoming a narrative piece that echoes the stories of its former handlers and the environments in which it was deployed.

For collectors and firearms enthusiasts, the allure of the Ruger Mini-14 Government Bayonet model lies not just in its mechanical excellence but in the rich tapestry of history it represents. It’s a tangible link to the past, embodying the grit and resolve of law enforcement within the challenging confines of correctional institutions. This model offers a rare opportunity to own a piece of history that carries the marks of its service, a testament to the enduring legacy of Ruger’s commitment to quality and the complex role firearms play in the fabric of societal order and safety.  Please see our photos and good luck on your bid! – L.S.

Sturm Ruger Mini-14 GB Government Bayonet Stainless .223 Semi-Auto Rifle
Sturm Ruger Mini-14 GB Government Bayonet Stainless .223 Semi-Auto Rifle