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Alright everyone I tried to edit my first post on this thread but was unable to. However the moment of truth is here, my journey to make a militarized mini 14 or a mini 14 to look like an m14 is done. It has been dubbed the M14A2 by many people as well as M1A2. And to me something very close to this rifle would of been perfect and probably used for Vietnam had we listened to Garand in the first place back in the 1930's. It would of been very possible but instead we didn't listen to him and we used inblock clips and 30-06. Then later in Vietnam ended up toting around the "PLATFORM" which in my opinion should be used as a teething device for small kids, BUT anyway rant aside this rifle has cost me around what I would of gladly payed for a 5.56 M1a. (If one existed) This rifle has gone through many different changes in appearance, from ugly ol mini 14, to a closer mini 14 m1a look alike, from blued, to Parkerized, to Cerekoted, and now the end product of a year of work (off and on) and countless hours of research combing the internet. I will list every change and where to get them (if possible) and of course pictures are down below. If anyone has any questions ask away. Parts, things done, and changes. Gas system
: Accu-strut Socom from http://www.accu-strut.com/pages/more%20info_socom.htm
It helps with accuracy, mocks the gas system required for the look, and is easy to acquire and install. This device actually has a purpose other than aesthetics which is awesome. I prefer the Socom for look. It mimics the gas system better than the others. Muzzle device
: AMK Tactical flash hider from http://amktactical.com/Ruger-Mini-14...er-Optic-Sight
This is actually a pretty effective flash hider. It was an outright pain to install to be honest. The old front sight had to be removed which required a lot of banging, bashing, and cursing to accomplish. I highly recommend a jig of some sort. Then the front sight is to be mailed to AMK for machining purposes. Then you receive your front sight/flash hider and old useless front sight and now more banging, bashing, and cursing is required to put the new flash hider front sight on. In the end the look of this this is great and no other muzzle device comes close to the M14 than this, and to top it off the quality of this product is top notch. Hand Guard
: Modified M14/M1A Hand Guard from Fulton Armory http://www.fulton-armory.com/handgua...lassblack.aspx
This hand guard was easy to work with using a drimmel and belt sander. To get this to work you will just have to swag it to be honest just remove some then test fit then remove some then test fit. Do not cut off the front of the hand guard to shorten it. Cut of the rear to shorten. It just makes it easier. To make the hand guard stay I took the barrel clip from the original wart hand guard and used a nail to rivet it in. The head of the nail was ground flush and the hand guard was ground a little in so the head of the rivet would be as flush as possible. JB weld was used to strength and to smooth out where the rivet is. You can hardly even tell a rivet is there now. This is probably the hardest thing to do on this conversion other than flash hider. And as for the retaining clip on the hand guard. It is just a Mock retaining clip and it is made from some sheet steel that was cut with sheers no science behind it just eyeballed. I drimeled a recess on each side of the hand guard for the clip to ride in to prevent sliding back and forth. It was bent around the top of the hand guard and folded around and into the two recesses at the bottom. 1.25'' Front Sling Swivel
: front sling swivel was purchased from Fulton Armory http://www.fulton-armory.com/frontst...wassembly.aspx
The Mini 14 sling swivel that attaches to the gas block I outright hate. It was removed with pliers, some muscle, and some harsh language. I want to fill the hole that the swivel was in but haven't figured out the route i'm going to take yet. It doesn't bother me that much yet so i'm not worried about it. The M14/M1A swivel from Fulton was installed into the front of the stock about 2 inches from the gas block. Drill 2 hols and augur the holes inside of the stock so the nuts fit flush. Easy job no cursing or anything which is surprising. 1.25'' Rear Sling Swivel
: Purchased from Numrich https://www.gunpartscorp.com/Products/253940.htm
I originally wanted to take the M14 rear sling route but its a pain, requires some pro drilling, and i'm too damn lazy for that. So i took out the old mini sling swivel and drilled the hole about half an inch deeper and installed this 1.25'' swivel. I have seen the M14 rear sling installed on a Mini14 but I just don't trust my personal skills so I didn't do it. Another rout and one i'm considering is a Springfield 1903 rear sling swivel also sold on Numrich. Of course you can go the quick detach swivels but personally I think they are outright ugly. Rear Sight
: The rear sight is the MINI200 Tech-Sight purchased from Sunflower Outdoor Sports http://www.sunfloweroutdoorsports.co...ywords=mini200
It was sold out everywhere but this place. Believe me when I say everywhere. If you want one get it while you can Tech sights isn't showing any return time on this product. While this device doesn't do much in the aesthetics department it does however give you one hell of a rear sight for the mini14 and is definitely a vast improvement. Great quality, great aperture, and easy installation. It is also more stable than the original sight. The sight is larger and does give a little aesthetics of M14 due to it being larger. But other than that it is just an accuracy upgrade and reliably upgrade. Butt plate
: M16A1 Butt plate from Numrich and Fulton Armory https://www.gunpartscorp.com/ad/555720.htm#555720B http://www.fulton-armory.com/buttplatea1.aspx
When I revived the butt plate from Numrich the plastic that the door rests in was cracked. Which is extremely common on these and the butt plate was listed as used so I expected it. However I was purchasing it for testing fitting purposes in mind because I was toying with the Idea and deciding on what rout I was going to take for a military style butt plate. I eventually decided on the M16A1 butt plate (Not M16A2 which looks like it should be used as a meet tenderizer) I kept the door from the Numrich butt plate and just ordered new plastic from Fulton without the door. The door is used and needs to be cerekoted but I kinda like the used look of it. I will eventually cerekote it. It was a decent fit and the wood mini 14 stock almost seemed to be made for it. However the holes from the old rubber clothing catching butt pad from Ruger were off compared to the m16 butt plate. The hole on top matched the butt plate but the bottom one was too low. Or maybe it was the other way around I don't remember. However I just screwed in the hole that did line up with the butt plate and stock and marked and drilled a hole for the other screw hole. After that there was another problem. There is a gap between the butt plate and stock about a quarter of an inch. I contemplated with the idea of filling it in with JB weld but the color of JB is grey and so I decided to use a goop/bondo/gasket rubber sealer kind of stuff from ACE Hardware. I'm sure Home Depot, Walmart, Discount auto and the like all have this stuff. It was gooey and very pliable. I squeezed the goo into the gap and used a credit card to even it out and to squish it into the gap better. I did 2 or 3 layers. I used the same credit card (brand used disclosed) and trimmed it with a razor blade. It actually wasn't too hard. The trapdoor has no use right now due to a hole needing to be drilled to put stuff into such as some grease and a bore snake. But it sure looks great and NO MORE STUPID CATCHING ON CLOTHS CRAP PAD. I hated that pad I really really did. I'm so glad its gone. Magazine
: The magazine was originally ordered from The Country Shed http://www.thecountryshed.com/mini-1...ccessories.htm
But after I bought one to test functionality and bought a second it was sold out. And it just so happens to be non existant. Very rare and very good magazines made from steel. The follower sucks but just order Ruger followers for a couple bucks. I had some luck finding some Straight Magazines from Gunbroker. It seems to be your only chance unless someone decides to make some or something. Good luck on this avenue. The magazines I found work flawlessly are John Masen 20 Round Straight Magazines for the Mini 14 from my research. If anyone has any or finds any for sale let me know. Finish
: It was Blued Out of the box. Everything was Parkerized which looked better. But eventually I went with Cerekote Armor Black. Everything was sandblasted and Cerekoted. Except the magazine I kept the magazines Parkerized. However i'm looking at Cerekote Sniper Grey http://www.cerakoteguncoatings.com/f...Q/sniper-grey/
for a replacement to this. And for the same color I get more strength than parkerizing. Sling
: Sling used was bought from Fulton Armory http://www.fulton-armory.com/slingwebnewblack.aspx
Its the sling you see on 03's, M14s, Garands. Stock
: The stock is actually the Ruger Ranch rifle stock. I sanded the weird wallpaper like crap on the stock which revealed a hard wood of some kind like beech wood or something. However the grain is actually pretty nice. It took a long time sanding.....A very long time to get this wallpaper crap off. I tried linseed oil at first. However this is extremely dense wood and it wouldn't do anything. So I found some mahogany stain. from ACE hardware. I put 2 or 3 coats on it I still might put another coat or 2. I don't know yet. But I like it where it is.
The end result is one hell of a head turner. It has confused some people at the range during the start of its transformation and now at its completed state it even confuses and tricks die hard M14 fans and vets. It shoots 1 moa with decent 55g ammo, its reliable, and its pretty. I present to you the M14a2 or M1a2 enjoy!