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    Which flash hider for mini 14

    I plan to cut the barrel and install a flash hider. I can't decide which one though. I like them both.

    I would like to solicit opinions. MINI-14_LOOK_ALIKE.jpgstainless.jpg


    I know it's not a true black rifle, but it's the closest thing I've got.

    I appreciate your input.
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    I see the one on the right resembles the old FN style they used to call a night fire style and also has a bayonet lug. Cool, but do you really want a bayonet on the end of that pencil thin barrel?. I worked at Knight's Armament for six years and did a lot of research there. Eugene Stoner was an associate engineer there at the time and he enlightened me considerably on the subject of flash hider technology. Do you want cool, or performance? A slotted, open prong suppressor that doesn't disrupt the gas flow with baffles close prongs and such (like a muzzle break) is most effective. Stoner told me that it was not twigs snagging on the early three prong M16 FH that led to it being replaced with the 'birdcage style', it was uncaring, ignorant GIs using their rifles as tools to open steel banded ammo and ration cases with the open prong FH leading to the bending of those pencil thin barrels. There is no such thing as a flash hider/muzzle break device that is not also a sound suppressor. It's an either or proposition without dealing with the ATF. Your left side choice looks like the old classic Choate unit, basically a scaled down M14 unit that has been around for >30 years and has withstood the test of time. While the prongs are closed it M14/L1A1 FAL stle is a practical and formidable design when it comes to flash suppression. AC
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    I don't want a bayonet, I just thought the one with the lug looked pretty cool. I will probably go with the M14 type, and yes that is the choate. They make a smaller one that looks good too.

    Would it make it more effective to grind off the end and leave the prongs only? I can certainly do that and it might make me like it more as I do want a shorter overall length.

    There are a lot more options available made for AR/M16s, but I think that would require threading the barrel. That is above my skill level and I am hesitant to send my rifle off for weeks.

    I think a good option would be a small AR/M16 type coupled with a front sight on the gas block. I may look around for a local gunsmith.

    I really appreciate your input. I want to toss around a few ideas before I take a hack saw to my rifle.
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    I guess I was under the impression that a Mini-14 barrel was already threaded, thus they have a flash hider.......
    If that is the case, ruger may well have "pinned it" or used Red locktite, however both are easy to remove.

    Find a class-3 dealer(sells suppressors), or any decent machine shop. Barrel thread spec's 1/2-28 is a very common, old spec that is easily done in an hour.
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    The new ones are threaded but mine is old. The old ones also don't have flash hiders, at least mine doesn't.

    I wonder if the barrel is big around enough for that. I think it's about 9/16". They are pretty whippy. I will have to check into it.
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    for standard .223 threads here is the spec. You can take this with you, if the shop is unsure of the exact specs. As it shows, about 0.6" is the min diameter.
    http://yhm.net/pdf/CENTERFIRE_500-28.pdf


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    I added this flash hider to my Mini-14. No mods were required to the barrel.





    I sold the rifle recently.

    Regards, TallGrass

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    I have the Choate on my mini.




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    The pencil barreled mini is not going to have enoung material for the AR type flash hiders. I keep hearing rumors that someone is making a threaded sleeve that will pin on and allow the use of AR accessories, but I haven't found it yet.

    Thanks for the info and the pics guys. Very inspirational.
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    This is my 181 with a MO REAPER flash hider/ mussle break with a nice sight , You know if you shorten your barrel under 16 inches you will have to weld the flash hider on. I also put a MO ROD on it for barrel wip, groups tightened up real nice.


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