|This is what happens when your gunny friends are too polite to smack you.|
Marlin has a lever gun with a picatinny rail running the length of the receiver top. I think it looks out of place. And even though Henry makes a scope mount for my .44 Big Boy, mounting an optic atop the brass just seems wrong.
So why, oh why, oh why did I dork up my Mini-14? Here she is at the height of my outright stupidity, sporting an ATI Strikeforce stock with an Urban Brawler see-through scout rail and other tacticalizing accessories. This is Grade A Dumb-Ass!
Sure, the Urban Brawler scout rail looks kick ass! But it easily adds a pound of weight to the forend of the gun, the absolute last place you want extra weight, and forces your cheek weld to become a chin weld. And while you can technically see-through the rail for the iron sights, the sight picture is so cramped and field of vision is so narrow that you might as well be looking through a 1x telescope. The Urban Brawler came off my Mini-14 some time ago, but the Strikeforce stock is still there.
I've tried to bring myself to like the Strikeforce stock. I even upgraded some of its plastic parts to aluminum with the upgrade kit. But after watching Hickok45's video on the Mini-14, I've come to the realization that "tacticalizing" one of these rifles is simply a waste of time and money. If you want a Mini-14 to look like an AR-15, buy an AR-15.
So, I'm gonna take it back to basics. I like what this guy has done to his Mini-14, minus the CQB sling. I'm figuring I can do the same but with a couple of improvements.
Here is a picture of my Mini-14 from when I first go it, and as originally envisioned by Bill Ruger. I look at this picture now and think, "That looks like a decent firearm. Why did I dork it up?"
|A Mini-14 with 18" barrel and factory wood trim.|
Heck, I'm even gonna try to lay my hands on a couple of those flush-mounting Mini-14 5rd magazines. Not everything firearm related has to be "tacticool". I need to get over it.