What Am I Missing Here?

Saw this picture on a news site:

French Mini-14

French Po-po of some type responding to the terrorists. So that’s a Ruger Mini-14, and if you look it sure looks like it has the fire selector switch…but am I missing something, do these guns not have rear sights???

PS feel free to make jokes about mini-14s not really needing sights.

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6 Responses to What Am I Missing Here?

  1. Actually, it looks like the rear sight is attached to the barrel just forward of the receiver. You can just catch a glimpse under the left officer’s thumb.

  2. George says:

    According to the logo, they are these guys: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compagnies_R%C3%A9publicaines_de_S%C3%A9curit%C3%A9

    Not sure what the rifle is, though.

  3. Loess says:

    Ian over at Forgotten Weapons just posted a write-up about the French police Mini-14’s.

    My AR is my go-to carbine, but my Mini has worked just as well for plinking, and I wouldn’t have any doubts about it if I needed it for serious work.

  4. Wally says:

    Those are rugers, AC556/mini 14 pattern but with a few differences.

    Some had sights mounted on the rear receiver, some forward of the receiver.
    There were also a couple of different auto configs. Some used a pushbutton, some had the M14 like selector lever on the side. Rumor has it that they all shipped in a non-auto fire state, requiring the French armorer to specifically swap parts to get auto fire .

    A few of those Fr-Spec 556s are in the US.

  5. Wyowanderer says:

    I thought the French possessed firearms for dropping, not shooting…

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