How do you make a "homemade" barrel strut for the mini 14?

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by GarandGuy42, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. GarandGuy42

    GarandGuy42 New Member

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    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!
     
  2. tri70

    tri70 New Member

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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.
     

  3. GarandGuy42

    GarandGuy42 New Member

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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!
     
  4. tri70

    tri70 New Member

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    Here is a UTG rail on my 6.8 mini.
     

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  5. GarandGuy42

    GarandGuy42 New Member

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

    DocNugent New Member

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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.