The Mini-14 is designed to look similar to the M14 U.S. service rifle of the time. The carbine is a versatile design, having many variants for different purposes, such as larger game hunting, home/personal defense, and target shooting. New models are advertised as Ranch Rifles, coming prefitted with scope bases and newly designed iron sights.
The Mini-14 is a very successful rifle design. Therefore, it has many variants.
- AC-556 - Select-fire variant of the Mini-14 for military/law enforcement.
- Mini-14GB - Semi-automatic only variant for military/law enforcement. Can be fitted with a flash hider, foldable paratrooper-style stock, and bayonet lug.
- Mini-30 - Semi-automatic variant chambered in 7.62x39mm.