Best Red Dots for the Ruger Mini 14

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Best Red Dot for the Ruger Mini-14

Are you looking to purchase a new red dot for your Ruger Mini-14? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

Originally developed and released by Ruger in the early 1970s, the Mini-14 is essentially a scaled-down M14 rifle and rechambered in the 5.56x45mm NATO or .223 cartridges. It’s also one of the most versatile rifles in existence. It offers the firepower and magazine capacity of an AR-15 combined with the feel of a more traditional hunting rifle. It can be used for both home defense and to hunt medium-sized game such as deer or wild boar.

If you’re in the market for a semi-automatic rifle in the 5.56x45mm NATO or .223 calibers, the Mini-14 is one of the best alternatives to the AR-15. It also has the added benefit of not being as ‘scary-looking’ as an AR-15 or an AK-47 either.

Adding a red dot on a Mini-14 is one of the best ways to improve it as both a defensive and hunting arm. That’s because it will be much faster and easier for you to put a red dot sight on target versus magnified optics (such as a scope) or iron sights.

In this guide, we’ll dive into the best red dots for Mini-14s, as well as the best mount for adding your red dot to your Mini-14 in the first place. 

Let’s get started.

3 Best Red Dots for the Mini-14

1. Vortex Optics Strikefire II

The first Mini-14 red dot that we will take a look at is the Vortex Optics Strikefire II. This is a very rugged and reliable 4 MOA red dot that is waterproof and shockproof thinks to its nitrogen purged design with an O-ring seal. It has eleven different illumination settings. The two lowest settings are night-vision compatible, which is a feature that not too many other Mini-14 red dots can boast of.

The Strikefire II has the power controls located at the rear of the device for easier access. It runs off of a CR2 battery and is rated to last for eighty thousand hours so long as you keep it at brightness level six.

An offset cantilever mount is also provided and allows you to move the sight forward to using it in combination with a magnifier. You do not need to remove the iron sights of your Mini-14 in order to use the Strikefire II, and you can still line up the iron sights through the red dot as well.

Vortex Optics Strikefire II Red Dot Sights
  • 4 MOA
  • Runs on a CR2 battery and rated to last for 80,000 hours
  • Has 11 different illumination settings
  • Two lowest settings are night-vision compatible
  • Power controls are at the rear for easier access
  • Offset cantilever mount is provided so it can be used with a magnifier
  • Nitrogen purged
  • Waterproof
  • Shockproof design
  • 2. Burris Fastfire III

    Burris is a name that is synonymous with quality, and the Fastfire III is no exception. This is a lightweight and yet durable 3 MOA red dot that can either be used as a primary red dot sight for your Mini-14 or otherwise be paired with an existing sight.

    The FastFire III utilizes an automatic brightness sensor so that it can match well to environmental and weather conditions, but also comes with three manual brightness settings that you can set as well.  

    The FastFire III also has a shockproof design and can withstand both punishing recoil and being dropped over hard surfaces. The windage and elevation adjustments are easy to make and do not require tools.

    Burris 300234 Fastfire III, W/Picatinny Mount, 3 MOA
  • 3 MOA
  • Windage and elevation adjustments are easy to make and don’t need tools
  • Has an automatic brightness sensor to match the lighting conditions
  • 3 manual brightness settings
  • Very lightweight
  • Durable design
  • Shockproof
  • 3. Bushnell Trophy TRS-25

    The Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 is one the best budget options for a Ruger Mini-14 red dot and offers you incredible value for the money.

    Bushnell is one of the biggest names in the scopes and optics world, and the TRS-25 is built to the same level of quality that we have come to expect from them. This is a 3 MOA red dot reticle that is designed to fit easily on most Picatinny rail system. Besides the Mini-14, it is also compatible with most AR-15s and shotguns provided that a Picatinny rail system is used.

    The TRS-25 has a shockproof and waterproof construction and is nitrogen purged on the inside in order to help keep it fog proof as well. The O-ring seal keeps all waiter and moisture outside of the red dot, and the shockproof construction means that it can withstand being dropped or knocked against hard surfaces such as rocks or concrete.

    Finally, the TRS-25 has eleven different brightness settings, which are easily adjusted using a knob located on the side of the device.

    Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight Riflescope, 1x20mm, Black
  • 3 MOA
  • Matte black finish
  • Shockproof construction
  • Compatible with most M1913-style Picatinny rails
  • Comes with rubber scope cover
  • Lenses are multi-coated
  • Nitrogen purged waterproof and fog-proof construction
  • 11 different brightness options
  • Mini 14 Red Dot Mounting Options

    A great option to securely mount any of the previous red dots to your Ruger Mini-14 is to use the GG&G Mni-14 Picatinny Rail.

    Built out of durable and lightweight 6061-T6 aluminum, the GG&G Mini-14 Red Dot Mount will work with any red dot sight that utilizes the M1913 Picatinny system as its method of attachment. It requires absolutely no gunsmithing in order to install, and is designed to place the optic forward of the receiver to give you lots of eye relief and quicker target acquisition.

    The GG&G is machined on the bottom to ensure that the ejected cartridges will not be impeded. Your red dot will also be held close to the bore. It also does not require you to remove the rear iron sight in order to install and if you want, you can still line up the iron sights through the red dot as well as a backup option.

    GG&G Mini-14 Rnch Rfle 1913 SCP Rail, Black
  • Does not require a gunsmith to install
  • Utilizes M1913 Picatinny rail system
  • Comes with mounting hardware and allen keys
  • Precision machined out of 6061-T6 aluminum
  • Conclusion

    A Mini-14 with a red dot is a highly capable weapon in the right hands. With a red dot sight, it will be much easier for you to quickly and accurately put your shots on target than with iron sights or scopes.

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    1. Bob

      Is there anything available for a early pre ranch model mini 14

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