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oldshooter 02-25-2011 11:23 PM

Mimi 14 186 series FTF
I have a stainless 186 series that is a LE surplus. Looks perfect except for a few scratches on the wood.
The problem is when I insert a magazine and release the bolt it will strip a round but fails to fire that round. Working the bolt to load a fresh round makes it work.
The ejected round doesn't show signs of a firing pin strike.
Any suggestions?

M14sRock 02-26-2011 03:45 AM

When you chamber the first round, does the bolt go all the way into battery? Are you easing down the bolt, or pulling back and letting it go? Is it properly greased?

masterPsmith 02-26-2011 02:36 PM

If the bolt is not rotated fully into battery, the firing pin (by design), will not strike the primer. Need a little more info.


oldshooter 02-26-2011 05:50 PM

I did just release the bolt and let it slam forward. Neve checked that it was in full battery. I think I must tell the wife I have to go back to the range for testing. LOL
This is my first mini 14 and I am absolutely ignorant of it. I did download a manual for it (thanks yunnis) and am studying it . I do appreciate any and all info.
Thanks for being here for us old guys.

M14sRock 02-26-2011 09:00 PM

Is it in the factory wood stock? Action well greased?

Snakedriver 02-27-2011 12:31 AM

Add some dry-slide or graphite lube to the front bolt area where the lugs rotate and lock into the receiver. Mini-14's are famous for this area being very tight. In fact the slide will seize in the closed position after sitting for a while if it isn't kept well lubricated in this area. I bet if you lube this area the bolt will rotate fully into battery and fire correctly.

By the way, letting the bolt slam closed on a Garand style action like that on the Mini-14 is not a bad thing. They are built for that.

oldshooter 02-27-2011 03:56 AM

I will lube everything up this weekend and try again. I really appreciate all the help and advice.
Yes it is in a wood stock.

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