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Old 11-13-2012, 11:39 PM   #1
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Default How do you make a "homemade" barrel strut for the mini 14?

Ive heard of people who are "artistically inclined" and instead of dumping 80-120 bucks on a strut, they went and made their own. I would like to at least attempt this on my mini. The only thing is, well, how? What do I need to do? Also, my mini has a blued barrel, how would i make the colorations alike? Thanks in advance!

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Old 11-14-2012, 10:56 AM   #2
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Several have gotten the strut affect from clamping on the tri-rail UTG clamps. I have done this with my standard mini and 6.8 they cost around $20-30. You can and a piece of rod to the aluminium clamp for more stability or a small laser or flashlight, I just use the clamp. Have not decided if I need a red/green laser yet.

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Sounds like a good idea! Do you think its possible for you to put up a pic of how yours are set up? Thanks!

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Here is a UTG rail on my 6.8 mini.

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Thats very interesting. I am definitely going to look into that. Thanks again!

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I think this kind of clamp looks more like the one on a M-14 than the clamp-on rails do:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001LZRBM8

A number of items can be used for the tube (all available at a hardware store): aluminum conduit/tube, hitch pin, etc.

Birchwood Casey makes a number of coating products.

Depends on how realistic you want it to look - more realism requires more expensive materials/processes.

If I ever make one, it'll just be for photographs; I'll remove it for shooting.

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