Just saw a Brand New Mini 14 Factory Folder with 'Side Sling Ring Loop' on Gas Block for $1500

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I Just saw a Brand New Mini 14 Factory Folder with 'Side Sling Ring Loop' on Gas Block at my Local Gun Store.....( along with flash suppressor and bayonet lug )

It's not a big deal to see a new Mini 14 with a factory folder ( esp. with Samson making them as well )..... but....

It has a front sling loop on the Left Side of the Gas Block....( aka...80's vintage factory folder ) and not on the center of the Gas Block like every other Mini 14

This is a nice homage to the original Mini 14 Factory folders with side sling loops, flash suppressor and bayonet lug..... ( wish I took a picture of it )
 
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I Just saw a Brand New Mini 14 Factory Folder with 'Side Sling Ring Loop' on Gas Block at my Local Gun Store.....( along with flash suppressor and bayonet lug )

It's not a big deal to see a new Mini 14 with a factory folder ( esp. with Samson making them as well )..... but....

It has a front sling loop on the Left Side of the Gas Block....( aka...80's vintage factory folder ) and not on the center of the Gas Block like every other Mini 14

This is a nice homage to the original Mini 14 Factory folders with side sling loops, flash suppressor and bayonet lug..... ( wish I took a picture of it )
are you sure it was a new manufacture and NOT new old stock
 

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are you sure it was a new manufacture and NOT new old stock
yep.....Brand New....has the new type tapered barrel and not the old pencil type barrel like on my Original 80's folder

To my knowledge, Ruger has never made a newer barrel type Mini 14 with a LH side gas block sling loop before.....only on the old pencil barrels ( till now )
 
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I bet it does as well..... I had 2 NIB stainless but my bro wanted one..... down to one......may have to get one of these new 'period correct' cousins....but $1500 is gonna be a lot to slide past the Warden these days
 

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My how things change. About 1980 a Mini was about half the price of a basic Colt AR. Now, a Mini, the dolled up version is same money as some of the nicer fully optioned AR's available.

Both platforms have been up graded over the years & each have stood the test of time. So much different yet so much alike.
 

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are you sure it was a new manufacture and NOT new old stock
I just wandered into a local gun shop in time to see them take in an old Feather Industries wood folding stock for the Mini 14, which I "think" is a precursor to the factory Ruger folder, AND the installed pistol grip is an old Lone Star Ordnance oversized trap door grip, which are now also sought after. It could use a light refinishing, and would be mine, but I bought a new Samson.
 
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The Samsons are really nice.....I bought a 'B-team' folder for my stainless 10/22....looks sweet....

The best I can tell is the Samson folder and the Ruger are the same folder.....

( Funny how they are located about 30 minutes away from one another...hmmm )
 

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Samson makes that gas block cover, it's called the BA Sling Point ( for BA Baracus)


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I checked with Samson....and they only sell the top of the Gas block with a side loop hole on it.....unlike the Original Ruger Folder which has the loop ring hole cast into the LH side of the lower gas block itself..... ( and now Ruger is remaking it the Original way as on the 80's folders ) I don't think Samson will make the lower gas block now that Ruger has reintroduced it on their factory folder Mini's.....

Another bonus of Ruger's new factory folder Mini..... is a picture of a 'Factory 20rd Stainless Magazine' .......

This is Unobtainium ....... I don't think these Ever existed before...... ( though I am thinking they are actually Ruger nickel plated mags )
 

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I'm about to try this, I have NO idea if it will work, or shoot loose, or bounce empties back into the chamber or not, I guess we'll find out.
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I'm about to try this, I have NO idea if it will work, or shoot loose, or bounce empties back into the chamber or not, I guess we'll find out.
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Shot this today, with one issue; I shot it and zeroed it pretty easy and straight-forward. But as an afterthought I snugged the two angled Torx screws just expecting them to not move, well, I was wrong there, and it slung the zero off to the side pretty good. Head back inside, break everything back down, clean it all back up and de-grease it, and hit those threads with Blue LocTite and made sure that the base was "happy" and square as it was seated on the Ruger forward scope ring mount and re-torqued everything. Re-zeroed it and noted the screws remained tight with no zero shift, and no brass marks on the underside of the Red Dot Mount, so I think this is a winner for me, compact, low profile and easy to see and use.
 

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