Ruger Mini-14

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Blued Ruger Mini-14 Standard Model Semiautomatic Rifle (Pre-2005) with 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm

The Ruger Mini-14/AC556 can be seen in the following movies and television series used by the following actors:

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Ruger Mini-14

Current production Mini-14 "Ranch Rifle"; inline wooden stock and blued finish with 5-round magazine - 5.56x45mm. This is the production model after 2005 with changes to the receiver, the front sight placement and rear sight.
Stainless steel Ruger Mini-14F with folding stock and 30-round magazine. - .223 Remington
Stainless Steel Ruger Mini-14 GB-F ("Government Barrel, Folding Stock") - 5.56x45mm
Stainless Steel Mini-14 GB in an Aftermarket Choate Folding Stock, as used by the Military of Bermuda - 5.56x45mm
Black Ruger Mini-14 with 20-round magazine - 5.56x45mm

Please note that many times a semi auto only Mini 14 GB rifle is used to impersonate a full auto AC556, especially when mounted into a factory folding stock. Unless the rifle fires full auto, or one can clearly see the selector switch (which the Mini 14 doesn't have) it will be identified as a Mini-14 until its pedigree as an AC556 can be verified.

Specifications

(1973 - Present)

  • Type: Carbine
  • Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO
  • Weight: 6.4 lbs (2.9 kg)
  • Length: 37.2 in (94.6 cm)
  • Barrel length: 16.1 in (40.9 cm) - 22 in (55.9 cm)
  • Feed System: 5, 10, 20, or 30 round box magazines
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto (See note above regarding full-auto)

Film

Title Actor Character Notes Date
Romancing the Stone Michael Douglas Jack Colton 1984
Romancing the Stone Zolo's men 1984
Romancing the Stone Ira's Men 1984
Code of Silence Hitman 1985
Commando Arius' men Mini-14 GB, stainless steel models & blued models 1985
Death Wish 3 Gang Members Folding stocks and aftermarket stocks 1985
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome Angry Anderson Ironbar underfolding stock 1985
Crocodile Dundee Terry Gill Duffy 1986
The Fugitives French gendarmes 1986
Death Wish 4 Charles Bronson Paul Folding stock, mounted with a scope and suppressor 1987
The Loner French police officers 1987
Crocodile Dundee II Juan Fernández Miguel Chromed parts 1988
Married to the Mob F.B.I. Agent Folding stock and pistol grip 1988
Let Sleeping Cops Lie (Ne réveillez pas un flic qui dort) French Gendarmerie Mini-14 1988
True Believer Prison guards 1989
An Innocent Man Prison Guards 1989
Nothing But Trouble Valri Bromfield Miss Purdah Mini-14 GB Stainless W/ Scope 1991
In the Line of Duty: Manhunt in the Dakotas Rod Steiger Gordon Kahl 1991
In the Line of Duty: Manhunt in the Dakotas Christopher Rich Scott Faul With folding stock 1991
Highlander II: The Quickening Christopher Lambert Connor Macleod 1991
Highlander II: The Quickening General Katana's men 1991
Beyond the Law Stainless Steel, Folding Stock 1992
Snake Eater III: His Law Bikers Mini-14 1992
Trouble Bound Mobster 1993
Blood In, Blood Out Thomas F. Wilson McCann 1993
In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco Branch Davidian cultists 1993
Léon (The Professional) NYPD ESU officers Mini-14 GB-F 1994
The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Postal carrier 1994
Tommy Boy Rob Lowe Paul Barish 1995
The Usual Suspects Redfoot's henchmen Mini-14 GB-F, optics mounted 1995
Escape from LA Gang member 1996
The Long Kiss Goodnight Geena Davis Charly Baltimore Stainless variant with black synthetic stock, scope, and custom stainless muzzle break, heat shield/barrel shroud 1996
Ransom NYPD ESU officer 1996
Breakdown M.C. Gainey Earl 1997
Light It Up Daren Flam NYPD ESU officer With laser pointer 1999
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Forest Whitaker Ghost Dog Folding stock, suppressor, and scope attached 1999
Boondock Saints Prison Guard Choate folding stock 1999
Formula 51 2001
Jane Doe Christina Cox Peter with optical sieght 2001
Jane Doe Teri Hatcher Jane Doe with optical sieght 2001
Heist Mickey's bodyguard folding stock 2001
Equilibrium Armored Sweeper Synthetic furniture 2002
Cabin Fever James DeBello Bert 2002
Cabin Fever Cerina Vincent Marcy 2002
Cabin Fever Joey Kern Jeff 2002
Cabin Fever Rider Strong Paul 2002
Once upon a time in Mexico Antonio Banderas El Mariachi 2003
Once upon a time in Mexico Barrilo's men 2003
Curse of the Komodo Melissa Brasselle Tiffany Stainless, Butler Creek™ aftermarket synthetic folding stock with pistol grip, scoped, and stainless barrel shroud and muzzle brake 2004
District B13 Various actors Taha's henchmen Standard factory configuration 2004
Employee of the Month bank robber stainless with black plastic stock 2004
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Various actors Mexican Ranchers 2005
The Visitation Joe Unger Matt Kiley Mini-14 GB w/ folding stock 2006
Delta Farce Carlo Santana's men 2007
We Own the Night NYPD ESU officers 2007
Elite Squad Drug dealers 2007
Mesrine: Killer Instinct Prison guard riflemen 2008
The Dark Knight vigilante Batman copycat 2008
Felon Harold Perrineau Lt. Bill Jackson 2008
The American George Clooney Jack Mini-14 (Pre-2005 style) with factory folding Stock and hand-made suppressor 2010
The A-Team Liam Neeson Hannibal 2010
Tomorrow, When the War Began Australian resistance fighters 2010
Red State seen on wall 2011
A Gang Story (Les Lyonnais) Robbers With Choate folding stock and extended magazine 2011
Casa de mi Padre Henchman folding stock 2012

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
The A-Team George Peppard Hannibal Smith 1983-1988
The A-Team Dirk Benedict Templeton "Faceman" Peck 1983-1988
The A-Team Dwight Schultz "Howling Mad" Murdock 1983-1988
Lady Cop (Die Kommissarin) - Season 2 Vitus Zeplichal Paul Boeder "Familienfest" (S02E07) 1995
Space: Above and Beyond Morgan Weisser Lt. Nathan West M590 Assault Rifle, a heavily modified version, hidden in a custom Sci-fi Shell 1995-1996
Space: Above and Beyond Kristen Cloke Captain Shane Vansen M590 Assault Rifle, a heavily modified version, hidden in a custom Sci-fi Shell 1995-1996
Space: Above and Beyond Rodney Rowland Lt. Cooper Hawkes M590 Assault Rifle, a heavily modified version, hidden in a custom Sci-fi Shell 1995-1996
Space: Above and Beyond Various actors US Marines M590 Assault Rifle, a heavily modified version, hidden in a custom Sci-fi Shell 1995-1996
24 Kiefer Sutherland Jack Bauer "7 p.m.-8 p.m." 2005
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Shane Edelman Matt Murch 2008-2009
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Dean Winters Charley Dixon 2008-2009
CSI: Miami Various actors Police honor guard "Lost Son", black synthetic stocks and chromed metal parts 2002-2012
Sea Patrol 2007-????
Monk Titus Welliver Daniel Reese "Mr. Monk's Other Brother" 2008
Prison Break - Season 4 Assasssin w/ scope and 20-round magazine 2009
Prison Break - Season 4 Dominic Purcell Lincoln Burrows w/ scope and 20-round magazine 2009
Longmire Hunter "The Cancer" (S01E04) 2012

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notes Release Date
Fallout Tactics Ruger AC556F w/ folding stock and reflex scope 2001
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Kruger GB-F model 2002
Condemned: Criminal Origins "Rifle" with 10-round mag and shortened barrel semi-auto only 2005
Kane and Lynch: Dead Men Synthetic furniture 2007
Left 4 Dead Hunting Rifle w/ scope and tactical flaslight pre-2005 model 2008
7.62 High Calibre w/ various attachments 2008
Left 4 Dead 2 Hunting Rifle w/ scope, tactical flashlight and optional laser sight 2009
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action Mini-14 2012


Ruger AC556

Ruger AC556 Carbine - 5.56x45mm
Stainless Steel Ruger AC556 Carbine with Full Stock - 5.56x45mm
Stainless Steel Ruger AC556 Carbine with Factory Folder Stock - 5.56x45mm
Ruger AC556K with 20-round magazine 5.56x45mm

This is the full automatic version of the Mini 14 with a distinctive Barrel and bayonet lug. Ruger also offers the Mini-14 GB ("Government Barrel" Model) which is a semi automatic only version of the AC556 for Law Enforcement and (some) civilian sales. The Full Auto AC556 has a distinctive Auto Selector Switch on the back of the receiver that the Semi Auto Ruger Mini 14 does not.

Please note that many times a semi auto only Mini 14 GB rifle is used to impersonate a full auto AC556, especially when mounted into a factory folding stock. Unless the rifle fires full auto, or one can clearly see the selector switch (which the Mini 14 doesn't have) it will be identified as a Mini-14 until its pedigree as an AC556 can be verified.

Specifications

(???? - ????)

  • Type: Assault Rifle
  • Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO
  • Weight: 6.4 lbs (2.9 kg)
  • Length: 23.7 in (60.3 cm) (stock folded), 33.5 in (85.1 cm) (stock extended)
  • Barrel length:13 in (33 cm)
  • Feed System: 5, 10, 20 or 30 rounds detachable box magazine
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/Burst-3/Full-Auto

Film

Title Actor Character Notes Date
Hold-Up Montreal police 1985
Cobra Night Slasher gangmembers AC556K 1986
The Fugitives French gendarmes 1986
Fatal Beauty Mike Jolly Earl Skinner AC556K 1987
The Loner French police officers AC556 1987
Rage of Honor Sho Kosugi Shiro Tanaka AC556K 1987
Rage of Honor Various henchmen AC556K 1987
A Fish Called Wanda Michael Palin Ken scoped AC556 with suppressor 1988
In the Line of Duty: The FBI Murders David Soul Michael Platt AC-556K 1988
In the Line of Duty: The FBI Murders Paramilitary group AC-556K 1988
Let Sleeping Cops Lie (Ne réveillez pas un flic qui dort) Michel Serrault Commissaire Scatti AC556K 1988
Snake Eater Lorenzo Lamas "Soldier" Jack Kelly AC556 1989
Predator 2 Jamaican Drug Gang AC556K 1990
Highlander II: The Quickening Shield Corporation guards AC556 1991
Highlander II: The Quickening Christopher Lambert Connor MacLeod AC556 1991
Highlander II: The Quickening Virginia Madsen Louise Marcus AC556 1991
Class of 1999 1990
Lethal Weapon 3 Travis' henchmen AC556 1992
Freejack Mercenaries 1992
Escape from LA Kurt Russell Snake Plissken AC556 stainless steel variant with a polymer Choate Stock and mounted scope 1996
Escape from LA George Corraface Cuervo Jones AC556 stainless steel variant with a polymer Choate Stock and mounted scope 1996
Broken Arrow John Travolta Major Vic 'Deak' Deakins Ruger AC-556K 1996
Face/Off Prison guards AC556 1997
Face/Off Chris Bauer Ivan Dubov AC556 1997
Hard Rain Minnie Driver Karen AC556 1998
Hard Rain Police officers and criminals AC556 1998
S.W.A.T. (2003) Gang members AC556K 2003
New Police Story Fire AC556F 2004
District B13 Taha's henchman Stainless AC556-SS, black synthetic stock 2004
Watchmen NYPD ESU officers AC556 2009
A Gang Story (Les Lyonnais) Robber AC556K 2011

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note Episode/Air Date
Miami Vice - Season 1 Jim Zubiena Ludovici Armstrong AC556K with folding stock "The Hit List"1984-1985
Miami Vice - Season 1 Various actors SRT members AC556 with folding stock "Cool Runnin" 1984-1985
Miami Vice - Season 1 Various actors SRT members AC556 with full stock "The Maze" 1984-1985
Firefly Bandit AC55K6 with folding stock "Our Mrs. Reynolds" (S01E06) 2002

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notes Release Date
Splinter Cell Chaos Theory AC556 2005


Ruger Mini-14 in Muzzelite™ MZ14 Bullpup Stock

Ruger Mini-14 in a Muzzelite MZ14 Bullpup stock - 5.56x45mm

The Muzzelite™ MZ14 is a polymer rifle stock that was designed to convert the Ruger Mini-14/AC556 into a compact bullpup carbine. Contrary to some urban legends, these were never seriously looked at as an alternative weapon for law enforcement. The trigger pull is shoddy, too long and the bullpup itself is back heavy. Most Police departments already had full auto AC556 rifles or semi auto Rugers (as well as AR-15s) if they needed a 5.56x45mm assault rifle. It is a simple vacuformed clamshell body that uses a rod to activate the trigger. The Muzzelite™ Stock was sold in configurations that could hold the Ruger Mini-14, the Ruger 10/22 and the Marlin Camp Carbine in 9x19mm, though the only version used in most movies or television shows were the Ruger Mini 14 version. Also in films like Total Recall, the AC556 full auto carbine with a shorter barrel was used inside this bullpup stock.

The Muzzelite™ stock enclosed Ruger Mini 14 has been used in countless B-Movies and television shows as a result of its futuristic appearance. Films like Starship Troopers utilized customized futuristic guns based on the Ruger Mini inside of a Muzzelite™ stock. These were preferred by the prop makers at Hollywood's Hand Prop Room, since the futuristic shape of the Muzzelite™ stock made it easier to create unusual science fiction rifles, but also the fact that it expands the appearance potential of the Ruger Mini 14, known in the industry as "The Jamless Wonder" - The Mini-14 never jams or stovepipes using movie blanks, something that cannot be said of any of the other common 5.56x45mm weapons used in films.

Film

Title Actor Character Notes Date
Predator 2 Extra actor Special Agent Peter Keyes' (Gary Busey's) team member duel wielded 1990
Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger Douglas Quaid Foresight removed, shortened barrels , and fitted with a small tactical scope on the carrying handle section 1990
Total Recall Rachel Ticotin Melina Foresight removed, shortened barrels , and fitted with a small tactical scope on the carrying handle section 1990
Total Recall Various actors Mars Federal Colony troops Foresight removed, shortened barrels , and fitted with a small tactical scope on the carrying handle section 1990
Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection Various actors Ramon Cota's men 1990
Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection Various actors Delta Force commandos 1990
Terminator 2: Judgement Day Various actors Resistance Troops Some similarly configured to those from Total Recall 1991
Freejack Bonejackers 1992
RoboCop 3 Various actors OCP Rehabilitation Officers tactical flash light mounted on rail 1993
RoboCop 3 Various actors 'Splatterpunks' gang members tactical flash light mounted on rail 1993
Tank Girl Lori Petty Tank Girl/Rebecca 1995
Tank Girl Various actors Water and Power agents modified with scopes and vertical foregrips 1995
Digital Man Various actors Terrorists 1995
Leprechaun 4: In Space Various actors Space Marines with large laser sight mounted 1997
Starship Troopers Casper Van Dien Johnny Rico Heavily modified AC556, called the "Morita Mk 1 Rifle" 1997
Starship Troopers Jake Busey Ace Levy Heavily modified AC556, called the "Morita Mk 1 Rifle" 1997
Starship Troopers Dina Meyer Dizzy Flores Heavily modified AC556, called the "Morita Mk 1 Rifle" 1997
Starship Troopers Michael Ironside Lt. Jean Rasczak Heavily modified AC556, called the "Morita Mk 1 Carbine", also uses a Sniper Rifle variant 1997
Starship Troopers Patrick Muldoon Zander Barcalow Heavily modified AC556, called the "Morita Mk 1 Carbine" 1997
Starship Troopers Denise Richards Carmen Ibanez Heavily modified AC556, called the "Morita Mk 1 Carbine" 1997
Starship Troopers Seth Gilliam Pt. Sugar Watkins Heavily modified AC556, called the "Morita Mk 1 Sniper Rifle" 1997
Starship Troopers Various actors Mobile Infantry soldiers Heavily modified AC556, called the "Morita Rifle" 1997
Phantoms Various actors Biological Warfare Unit soldiers Fitted with vertical grips, night-vision scopes, and laser sights; same weapons used in Tank Girl 1997
Tremors 3: Back to Perfection Michael Gross Burt Gummer 2001
Dracula 3000 Various actors Team members 2004

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Space Rangers Various actors pace Rangers With fake grenade launcher, and obsolete gas tube laser site as an optical site 1993
seaQuest DSV Dustin Nguyen Chief William Shan flash suppressor, flashlight attachment, custom made under barrel grenade launcher 1993-1996
seaQuest DSV Various actors UEO Forces flash suppressor, flashlight attachment, custom made under barrel grenade launcher 1993-1996
seaQuest 2032 Various actors Macronesian Alliance Ruger removed and the clamshell covers were modified and used as Pulse Rifles by the Macronesian Alliance 1996
Star Trek: Voyager Robert Beltran Chakotay with and without tactical flashlights mounted on the carry handle / "Nemesis" Sept 24, 1997
Star Trek: Voyager Various actors Vori soldiers with and without tactical flashlights mounted on the carry handle / "Nemesis" Sept 24, 1997
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/ "The Initiative (S4E7)" Background Initiative commando with aftermarket flash hider Nov. 16, 1999
Firefly Gina Torres Zoë Alleyne continuity error, "Serenity" (S01E01) 2002
Firefly extra "Serenity" (S01E01) 2002
Firefly Alliance troops "Serenity" (S01E01) 2002
Missing (2012) Nikola Navrátil A blonde assassin with a scope / "Ice Queen" (S01S03) 2012


Ruger Mini-30

Stainless Ruger Mini-30 new production model semiautomatic rifle with flush factory five round magazine - 7.62x39mm

The Ruger Mini-30 is a nearly identical rifle except chambered for 7.62x39mm. Except for the magazines, it would be hard to identify a Mini-30 from a Mini-14 based on purely visual cues.

Specifications

(1987 - Present)

  • Type: Carbine
  • Caliber: 7.62x39mm
  • Weight: 6.8 lbs (3.1 kg)
  • Length: 37.5 in (95.3 cm)
  • Barrel length: 18.5 in (47 cm)
  • Feed System: 5 or 20 round box magazines
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto (See note above regarding full-auto)

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notes Release Date
Max Payne 3 Mini 30 Folding stock, synthetic furniture 2012


See Also

  • Ruger - A list of all firearms manufactured by Ruger.


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