Re: Pre-ban Ruger Mini-14?
With the following exceptions, there is no such thing as a "pre-ban" Mini-14. Unless it is a pre-9-13-94 factory GB, a pre-9-13-94 original factory folder non-GB, or a standard Mini-14 modified into "assault weapon" status prior to 9-13-94 (and never "disassembled" from AW configuration after 9-13-94, which, according to recent ATF rulings, would cause it to lose its pre-ban "grandfathered" status), no Mini-14 has the characteristics necessary to make it an "assault weapon." It makes no difference when it was made.
That means no non-GB, non-factory folder or non-previously modified Mini can now be legally modified with the forbidden characteristics, no matter when the basic rifle was originally manufactured. Therefore, the common references to "pre-ban" and "post-ban" do not apply to the Ruger Mini-14, with the exceptions noted.
This common misconception shows just how insidious this Klinton law is. Just remember all of those who voted for Perot in 1992 instead of Bush41 because they did not like his 1989 "assault weapon" import ban, put Klinton in office and gave Gore the chance to cast the deciding vote in the Senate on this awful law. Never, ever vote for any third party candidate no matter how attractive. As further proof, it worked in the pro-gun direction in the 2000 election. Thanks to those silly Democrats who voted for Nadar because they did not think Gore was strong enough on the environment, we have Bush43 as president. Thank you, you idiots.
There is a web site (or used to be - my bookmark no longer works) that gives approximate manufacturing dates for Mini-14s. A search might turn it up again. Just remember, the manufacturing date of a Mini-14 confers no right to legally modify it into "assault weapon" configuration now.