George Clooney stars in the new suspense thriller ‘The American’ as a deadly assassin. As a deadly assassin I’m sure Clooney’s character is well versed with various weapons. So it was pretty shocking to see his character using a Ruger Mini-14 as a sniper rifle. To be fair, it could be one of the newer series of “accurized” Ruger Mini-14 rifles. Clooney’s Mini-14 also appears to have a collapsible stock, side-mounted scope and a really big silencer. There’s no doubt the Ruger Mini-14 is a cool looking, and very reliable, rifle. But the sniper rifle of choice for an assassin? That’s a stretch.