- Oct 27, 2007
I have an early Mini 14 with the pencil barrel and blade sight (181-47XXX) I bought in the 80's. Says it is a 223. Shot it once back in the 90's and the group was way off. Honestly don't know if it was me or the rifle. I like the look of the Mini 14 better than the AR platform, but I am shocked at the current prices for a Mini 14. That has me leaning towards having some upgrades done if they will be cheaper than buying a NIB one. So some questions. Can I upgrade this to handle 5.56 as well as 223? While I don't need 1/2", MOA, but maybe M-O-Coyote (or pig); can I get a reasonably priced barrel that will do that? I would like to upgrade the iron sights as well. Looking for feedback from people more knowledgeable than me as to which way to go.