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AR-15 magwell for Mini-14?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by VirgilCaine, Nov 11, 2009.

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  1. VirgilCaine

    VirgilCaine Member

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    A random thought occurred to me the other day. Is there any way to modify a Mini-14 to take AR mags?
     
  2. rcmodel

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    Not really.

    Oh, I suppose somebody somewhere has done it.
    But it wouldn't be easy or cheap.

    Totally different locking system and mag support would need to be added to the trigger-guard assembly..

    rc
     
  3. carbine85

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    I looked at that about 2 years ago. I'm sure it can be done but it would take a lot of work. If had the extra time and parts to play with I would try it. I was actually looking at coping the AR180 Mag well and using the AR15 Mag release.
     
  4. X-Rap

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    With the added expense then one could have an inaccurate gun and lots of cheap mags to prove it for more $ than the AR.
    I don't know why Ruger hasn't retooled and made one already, if it was stock then it would make sense dollar wise.
     
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    It might be a step Ruger could take if they wanted to get serious about digging into the AR market. I guess they just decided it was easier to sell an AR like everyone else.
     
  6. Candiru

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    AR mags are too wide for the Mini-14 receiver. If you made the receiver wide enough to handle AR magazines, it would end up putting a lot more angular force on the bolt via the op-rod.

    Good thing I prefer the rock-and-lock magazine style anyway.
     
  7. VirgilCaine

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    Ah, okay. Thanks, all!
     
  8. ArmedBear

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    Also, an AR locks open when there's no mag or no round in the magazine. It closes when it engages a round in the magazine.

    A Mini-14 closes unless it engages a tab on the follower, so it only locks open when the magazine is inserted, but empty.

    The conversion would involve more than just the magwell.
     
  9. Shear_stress

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    An AR will lock open on an empty magazine or if the shooter manually engages the BHO. Otherwise it will not.
     
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    Same as the Mini in that regard. There's a manual BHO on the mini if you didn't know, AmedBear.
     
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