So I was just wondering what the difference between the Ranch and Standard are? Just curious. If I get a chance I will try and post a pic later. Thanks.
What I remember, from back when I had one:
The standard Mini-14 had no provision for mounting a scope, and a rear peep sight that was more than an afterthought (though not great). You'd, back in that day, see lots of funky ways of adding on scope rails (that didn't work all that well).
The Ranch came with rings, and the rear iron sight was vestigial (though I recall reading that some folks adapted the rear sight from an M1 Carbine to fit the Mini.).
I think the Ranch lacked an ejector, and shot brass into the low earth orbit, whereas the standard was much better behaved in that regard.