Ruger Mini 14 Loading and Unloading Video
Well, you bought a Ruger Mini 14 and you want to run out to the range and shoot it. Great Idea! But first, you should review the factory manual and watch the Mini 14 instructional programs on ATAC TV. You should be familiar with the operation and controls of the carbine before you add ammunition to the mix.
Safety is the most important issue to consider. Do you know the 4 universal safety rules for handling and shooting firearms? Let’s do a quick review of them before you go out to the range.
ALL SAFETY RULES APPLY! Loading and unloading should be performed at the RANGE or in an appropriate area, as you will end up with a loaded firearm.
Always abide by the four rules of gun safety:
1. All guns are loaded. (Treated as such)
2. Do not point the muzzle at anything you are not willing to destroy.
3. Finger off the trigger, out of the trigger guard until sights are on target.
4. Be sure of your target and foreground/background
Ok, you know the safety rules and you have the new Mini 14, a magazine, ear & eye protection and some proper ammunition for the caliber of your rifle. There are standard procedures that must be followed to assure your safety and those around you. For reference, watch the Mini 14 instructional videos on ATAC TV Firearms Channel to understand these directions fully. Here we go, lets load this blaster to make some noise.
Here are steps to properly and safely get your rifle ready to shoot:
Load the magazine with cartridges, push the cartridge under the feed lips of the magazine and slide it back to the rear of the magazine body. Keep doing this until you have enough rounds in the magazine for the task at hand and then set it aside or in your pocket and/or magazine carrier.
With the muzzle pointed downrange, move the safety lever to safe, chamber check by pulling the opperating rod handle back and watch the bolt open while looking into the chamber to verify that it is empty. Release the op-rod handle allowing the bolt to snap closed.
Insert the loaded magazine into the magazine well hooking the front of the magazine on the small pin and rocking the magazine back until the magazine catch locks in place. Rock the magazine to be sure it is properly seated and locked in the carbine.
Roll the rifle over on its right side, with your non-shooting hand reach under and rack the op-rod handle back as far as it will go and release. This should have pushed a cartridge out of the magazine into the chamber and locked up.
Chamber check, pulling the bolt back to expose the cartridge coming out of the chamber and release so the recoil springs can snap forward and close. This gun is now ready to fire.
Here is the sequence to unload the rifle safely:
Apply the safety and chamber check to verify it is loaded.
Remove the magazine by thumbing the magazine catch forward and rocking the magazine out of the rifle. Stow that magazine in a pocket.
Rack the op-rod handle back and either capture the round or let it drop on the ground.
Chamber check or lock the bolt to the rear with the bolt catch and visually check the chamber to ensure it is empty. Stick your finger into the chamber to feel the opening just to be sure there is no cartridge.
So, you have loaded and unloaded your Mini 14. Be sure to always follow the safety rules and procedures while handling and shooting your rifle. Accidental discharges of any firearm can be deadly or serious injure you or your friends. Learn proper techniques and your will become a better shooter and safer.
Watch the ATAC TV Firearms Video Here: Ruger Mini 14 How to Load and Unload