NY's finest carrying what?!

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A friend of mine took this picture today. Looks like NY police are now carrying Mini14s.
 

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They've been carrying those for a couple decades.

Exactly,

What many don't realize is that before the current crop of M4's and ARs, the M16 platform was not universally loved. Some of it had to do with the cleaning instructions and the poor propellant used when the rifle first rolled out. There was also considerable prejudice from the M1/M14 crowd. The AR platform of today is not your father's AR.

Now there was a time when the Mini 14 was the preferred platform for the 5.56. It was perceived as being wood and steel, more Garand like. It was also much less expensive than a Colt (which was the only brand going back in the day) and with so much of Colts production going to the military AR platforms were hard to come by and very expensive.

The Mini 14 developed a solid reputation for reliability and cost effectiveness. It became a preferred Agency long arm for those agencies that used rifles. You will still find many in service, the NYPD being no exception.

Mini 14's were in short supply too in the early and middle 70's and a lot of them went to agency sales. Ruger was also getting a bigger share of the LE market with the Security Six and Speed Six Revolvers. Whereas it used to be the big two: it was becoming the big three especially as Colt continued its bumpy ride.

A well armed LEO in the 1970's would have the following if they were in a progressive department:

S&W Model 19 Combat Magnum .357 Revolver
Remington (maybe Ithica) 870 12 Ga Shotgun
Ruger Mini 14

If you had those three, you were ahead of the curve. Actually you would be well armed today if that is what you had.

Don't sell the Mini 14 short. People like to bash them, but for a long time they were the most available rifles in their caliber and respected. I wouldn't feel under gunned if I had one. There are arguably better platforms today but they will get the job done.
 

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AR's are too powerful and dangerous compared to a mini-14 firing the same round, and scary looking...
 

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I've got two including a GB model and love shooting them. I know they're still in use all over the world and in some areas of the US, and I've heard about France and the whole looks less intimidating to the general public thing. I just figured with so many options out there that police in NY would be carrying something different.
 

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Another reason they've seen so much LEO use is they don't look nearly as military as an AR. Back in the day that mattered, before people were used to seeing small-town cops wearing masks and driving APCs.
 
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I've got two including a GB model and love shooting them. I know they're still in use all over the world and in some areas of the US, and I've heard about France and the whole looks less intimidating to the general public thing. I just figured with so many options out there that police in NY would be carrying something different.

You have to remember that NYPD doesn't spend a lot of money on weapon upgrades. Although shotguns and rifles are issued, handguns must be purchased by the individual officers from an approved list. I think it is safe to say they are a bit conservative in approach too as they were the last major department to adopt semi auto handguns. In fact it is reported that there are still @ 200 officers who carry revolvers who are grandfathered because when NYPD did convert those having revolvers were not required to switch.
 

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I drop mud every time I see those scary factory folding stocks. Every time I feel constipated I run down to the safe and stare at it in horror. Gets everything flowing immediately.
 

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San Bernardino Ca sheriff's Dept is one of the largest U.S. user of the mini 14, they have hundreds of them issued to deputies.
 
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Mini 14's aren't terrible by any means. I'm always a little surprised by how many of them are still in use by various agencies. They'll definitely take care of any issues you have.
 
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