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Old 06-17-2013, 01:19 AM   #1
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I have an older style Mini and am new to the world of Mini's in general hence all my other posts. I have this model

http://thespecialistsltd.com/ruger-mini-14-folding-stock

I originally wanted to put a black polymer stock on it, but after some thought and seeing there are not many like this around I decided to keep it pretty much stock. I do however want to add a flash suppressor and accustrut. The problem with the accustrut is that I do not think the gas block that is on my older mini is compatible with it. Does anyone know if they make this for the older style minis? My gas block has the sling swivel on the side, not the bottom of the block. I would also like to add a flash suppressor, but I do not want it threaded. I am having a tough time finding one in chrome that is not screw on. Any ideas?
Lastly I hate these damn sights. Suggestions?

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Old 06-17-2013, 06:32 AM   #2
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I have an older style Mini and am new to the world of Mini's in general hence all my other posts. I have this model

http://thespecialistsltd.com/ruger-mini-14-folding-stock

I originally wanted to put a black polymer stock on it, but after some thought and seeing there are not many like this around I decided to keep it pretty much stock. I do however want to add a flash suppressor and accustrut. The problem with the accustrut is that I do not think the gas block that is on my older mini is compatible with it. Does anyone know if they make this for the older style minis? My gas block has the sling swivel on the side, not the bottom of the block. I would also like to add a flash suppressor, but I do not want it threaded. I am having a tough time finding one in chrome that is not screw on. Any ideas?
Lastly I hate these damn sights. Suggestions?
you can buy a new gas block, probably find a flash hinder that will work, but after thinking about it, i would not modify this mini.

imo, instead of trying to make the mini you have something it isn't, i would pursue one of these directions:

1) buy another mini, set it up the way you want to make this one. and keep the one you have in its original set up, mostly as a collectible and range toy.

2) sell this mini, and get one more to your tastes. you'd likely have some change for some ammo to boot.

3) accept and use your mini as is.

i never had any issues modifying my mini cause its hardly a collectible in any way. but i have seen the stock and gas block you have on this mini going for hundreds each, by themselves. imo, this mini is best as is, in it's original state!

all my opinion, if you want to make this mini your own by all means, modify as you wish. but you have one cool mini without making any changes.
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As far as flash suppressors, any will fit that are designed for the older style rifles(pre-581). Choate makes a "birdcage" flash hider that does not thread on in SS.

I would recommend contacting a manufacturer of the accustrut (and similar devices) and see what they say about your gasblock. There may already be a version that will fit your rifle.

If it were my rifle, and I valued it because it was something from my grandfather, as yours is, I would modify it to suit my needs and enjoy shooting it. Seeing the rifle as a collector's item simply devalues it to a $ amount. With a family history, the rifle has a much higher sentimental value and is to be enjoyed (in my opinion.)

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As far as flash suppressors, any will fit that are designed for the older style rifles(pre-581). Choate makes a "birdcage" flash hider that does not thread on in SS.

I would recommend contacting a manufacturer of the accustrut (and similar devices) and see what they say about your gasblock. There may already be a version that will fit your rifle.

If it were my rifle, and I valued it because it was something from my grandfather, as yours is, I would modify it to suit my needs and enjoy shooting it. Seeing the rifle as a collector's item simply devalues it to a $ amount. With a family history, the rifle has a much higher sentimental value and is to be enjoyed (in my opinion.)
i agree & disagree. it always pains me a bit to see a rifle which will likely never be made again, modified/changed in a permanent manner. while the mini isn't exactly a "collector's item" necessarily, the model he has is a fairly old and unique set up you don't see every day. of course, many mods ARE NOT permanent.

contacting kevin at accu-strut is the best idea, but i am fairly certain the accu-strut cannot work effectively without the third point of contact at the gas block. there is no connection point on the gas block he has. i think he would have to put on a new gas block for a strut to work effectively. i wanted him to be aware the gas block he has is very valuable. last time i saw one for sale it had bid up to over $400.... so, if he changes it out, he should be aware the original could help him fund other projects.

all in all....i agree that he should enjoy the firearm in whatever manner he feels best to enjoy it.

but i have my gandpa's 1903, and the last thought on my mind is making any permanent changes to it. if there is sentimental value, i simply wouldn't change myself. this is the reason that if he really wanted a certain set up for a mini, i would suggest just getting another.

in the end, it is of course up to the OP.
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Hawk. I have decided to leave it alone completely. One day I will do it right and just get a new mini that I can put that Troy stock on. I have run about 30 or so rounds through it so I will use it every once in while at the range but thats it. Thanks for all your help. Sometimes i get excited and get the bug and have to be reined in. Same think happened with my SKS. I spent the money for the Tapco stock and wound up just putting the original back on.

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Hawk. I have decided to leave it alone completely. One day I will do it right and just get a new mini that I can put that Troy stock on. I have run about 30 or so rounds through it so I will use it every once in while at the range but thats it. Thanks for all your help. Sometimes i get excited and get the bug and have to be reined in. Same think happened with my SKS. I spent the money for the Tapco stock and wound up just putting the original back on.
just think it through, & be happy with whatever you decide. if this gun was passed down from family, you know the best choice for it far better than myself.

every time i take and and handle my grandpa's 1903, i think of it sitting on his gun rack when i was a little kid. then i think of him....this is something no amount of money could ever replace for me. if you feel the same about this gun, take good care of it & pass it down.

of course...there is a grandpa on my other side of the family that i would rather burn anything he passed down than even profit off it.......that's the reason this decision is yours. i just wanted you to be aware you do have an original item that has a collectible value....what else it means to you only you can know.

good luck & enjoy the rifle from time to time (shoot it!)....
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I'd sell it. Why? Because its a mini-14, and get an M1A

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Keep it because its a mini, very dependable and all steel, no aluminum parts to wear out and better gas system.

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