Will any wooden handguard fit a newer Mini 14?

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by sputnik1988, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    Just saw a BEAUTIFUL mini 14 at a shop with a wooden handguard, gun looks new, not sure though. Got me thinking, if I bought one could I ditch the synthetic guard for a much less hideous wooden one? Thanks.
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Just an FYI, the wooden handguard looks great, but it holds heat which affects accuracy.
     

  3. DocWard

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    Kind of assumed that. I started to consider one, then remembered there is a reason for the vent holes...
     
  4. KMO

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    I love the "much less hideous" line. Remember, if your Mini has the newer tapered (aka flanged) barrel, the riveted barrel clip on the underside of the handguard will not be a good fit unless you spread it open further to match the greater barrel diameter. Otherwise, the wood handguards will fit fine. As for the heat, I believe I'm dissipating much of that my means of my barrel stabilizer, so I opted for the more aesthetically pleasing (aka less hideous) wood handguard. I like it...;)
     
  5. DocWard

    DocWard New Member

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    I have to agree, aesthetically, it is head and shoulders above the stock handguard.
     
  6. jismail

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    yes, the wood guards fit the newer Mini-14

    I have a series 581 Mini-14 and I have replaced the vented plastic guard with a hand guard I purchased on E-bay from an early Mini-14. If fits perfectly and I think it is a much nicer look for the rifle if you like the more traditional wood stock over the more trendy 'tactical' look. I had to adjust the stain on it to match better but I think it was worth the effort.

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  7. KMO

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    Hey...That Mini came out real nice with the wood handguard. I've always considered myself a traditionalist, opting for wood above the modern black "polymer" stocks. I say that, and now, through trades, sales, etc., I find myself with more black plastic than wood in my safe. Just kinda crept up on me I guess...:confused: