I wanted to let everyone know, I'm fine and enjoying this new thing called retirement. After 26 years of getting up early, putting on a uniform, or rolling out of a rack in a foreign country...sleeping in till 6am, putting on jeans and a tshirt, and rolling out of my own bed is a wonderful thing. That being said, I purchased a new Mini in Novemebr, and I've been putting it through it's paces in order to set a baseline for a new "Accurizing a Mini" article that I promise will rival the benchmark accurizing thread I wrote about the Mini14 nearly a decade ago. For those of you that aren't familiar with that article, it was the first comprehensive testing/trial/modification/proof of concept article ever written on the Mini-14, and it set the stage for an entire range of accurizing modifications such as barrel shortening, harmonic balancers, gas block tweaks, and even muzzle brake installations, that followed for the next decade. The new generations of Mini's are definitely more accurate than those of 10 years ago, but, there are improvements that can be made. And I promise, what I am doing to make the newest Mini the most accurate and reliable rifle will put a smile on your face. Just like ten years ago...everything will be be cheap, easy, 100% DIY...and will not affect reliability or performance in any way...except for the better. So, I hope all of you will bear with me until all of the final testing and documentation is completed...because I need to work it in between my sleeping in, servicing the wife, and sorting the empty beer cans.