Mini 14's are just awesome (but then I am partial to the garand system). They shoot, and shoot, and shoot and can take that kind of neglect and abuse. I read an article where a guy did a "WCS" (Worst-case-scenario) test took a handfull of dirt and threw it into the action and fired a clip out of it to see how the mini 14 would do. Said it cycled like a champ (I DONT RECEOMMEND IT THOUGH, LOL) What great rifles! Enjoy
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