Mini 14 factory folder gas block?

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dbarale

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I recently bought an ugly Mini 14 as a project. The gun is trash, the barrel has been cut to 14.5” at some point, and the rest has been thoroughly abused.
Someone pointed out that the gas block is a factory folder model, or AC556, and that it is quite rare and valuable.
Could someone please help me understand what I have, and what it might be worth?
Thanks in advance.

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moparclan

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Last three I seen on GB sold for $295 they were blue and stainless. Blue standard gas block $74.00. Like mentioned above about the location of the sling attachment determines factory folders.
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dbarale

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moparclan

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Thanks, I didn’t think about looking at the completed auctions on Gunbroker. The only one I could find sold on Ebay for $430…
Those little things are pricey.
Ever since Sampson started making the folder everyone wants to have their own fake factory Mini 14 folder. The side sling attachment is a good way to know. One listed there right now is not even a folder gas block. $325!! Same thing on GB is $74???
Mine all letter from Ruger as factory folders.
 

dbarale

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Ever since Sampson started making the folder everyone wants to have their own fake factory Mini 14 folder. The side sling attachment is a good way to know. One listed there right now is not even a folder gas block. $325!! Same thing on GB is $74???
Mine all letter from Ruger as factory folders.
Thanks for bringing that up. I was wondering if it would letter. That particular gun is too far gone to be worth a full restoration though.
 

dbarale

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My Mini 14 did NOT letter as a factory folding stock but it IS one of the original type units and not the new repro.

Not real fun to shoot for an extended time.
I want a plain wood stock anyway. That’s the way I like them.
 

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