What is this one of a kind mini14 found at an estate sale?!

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  1. bhhacker

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    Can anyone help me? Have found very little information and have no clue what it is or what it's worth. Looks very alien to me, do any of you guys have any idea what it is? It's a 1977 mini14 but not like anything I've ever seen before aside from seeing a magazine cover with something similar. Is it a mannlicher stock? IMG_20210429_151145_01.jpg IMG_20210430_110256_01.jpg IMG_20210429_151145_01.jpg IMG_20210430_110256_01.jpg IMG_20210430_110255_01.jpg
     

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    Sorry about pictures. Uploading from phone my apologies
     
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    I like it a lot, but I'm a sucker for the looks of "mannlicher-style" stocks. Certainly not factory and, to my eyes, the looks and utility of the stock would benefit from a nice checkering job.
     
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    Never seen a mannlicher mini14 before, but WOW! I like it!
     
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    Obviously a custom "sporterized" version of Mini-14 and from the pictures a pretty nice job. It's probably one of a kind and if it shoots as well as it looks it's probably worth whatever someone that really wants it is willing to pay for it. I agree that a nice checkering job would have been a nice touch.
     
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    looks like it might be wearing an aftermarket barrel also. Id be interested to see the gun out of the stock.
     
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    This came from an estate of a man who had extremely expensive tastes, and I really wish I could pick his brain over this one as I am absolutely floored by this stock and work. I work on a boat 2 weeks on, and 2 weeks off, so will need to wait a week or so until I am able to look at this in person. I bought it sight unseen (in real life) as well as a few others from his widow. I am unsure if I will like it or not but am definitely interested in any or all information about it.

    When home, I will see if I can get more information for you guys. I have never owned a mini 14 before and am not well versed with them at all.


    All I know is that the widow said it was a 1977 and that it appears to have never been fired.
     
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    That's really a pretty cool looking Mini-14. I don't know whether or not Ruger ever offered that stock option, or whether it's an after-market upgrade, but it's certainly a nice-looking rifle and quite unique to boot. Should be worth a pretty penny if you don't want to keep it. But my advice is: yes, do keep it.
     
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    If 1977 that is the 180 Model and IMHO superior to the later ones if you keep the Bolt roller lubed . Mine did not have the reputed accuracy problems of the later one and was more true to the M14 design
     
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    From the link posted in post #7...

    ...it's not a factory Ruger stock.

     
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    That would be neat. Without paperwork I doubt I could say that it was done by them. I will look into them for more information though!


    I will probably end up putting it on an auction site but will handle In real life before making that decision
     
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    That is the ugliest effing thing I have ever seen in my life.
     
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    Conversely, I’m a sucker for a mannlicher and think it’s a rather attractive rifle. As well as a very unique one.
     
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    Way cool
     
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    A 5 round factory magazine, triple-layered and relieved leather sling or a leather woven one and a perfect, vintage Redfield scope and that would be a stand-out Bar-B-Que / "truck gun" for the Range Rover set.

    First though, that uncle mike's crappy quick release sling swivel HAS to go!:cuss:

    A rifle that pretty deserves commitment in slinging.:evil:

    Todd.
     
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    Do a Google of "mini 14 mannlicher style stock" and you will see you are not alone in the universe. Ruger did quite a few on their Ruger 44 Carbines and their Ruger 10/22 guns. Never saw a Ruger Mini 14 with the Mannlicher from Ruger but have seen some aftermarket flavors. Really pretty cool. Wish I had one to compliment my Ruger 44 Mag carbine.

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    Never seen one but it is pretty cool looking.
     
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    You're welcome to have your own opinion here, but note that the OP has got a dozen "likes" as of this post, and still counting ...
     
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    Eh...that’s one person’s opinion. I think it is the coolest Mini-14 I have ever seen.
     
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    I sent a message to Bain and David gun shop on Facebook not intending to get a response as they looked inactive for a few years but got a timely response. They said that it looked like one of their custom mini14 conversions built by a man by the name of Walter "Red" Little. He made these from the 1970s until the 1990s.

    He said that while prices varied, the last ones Red made were around 1500$ plus the customer produced the rifle. The barrel was stock, and gas system was streamlined to fit the Mannlicher like stock. He said that every rifle he'd ever seen before this one has been checkered so the buyer must have specifically asked for it not to have been checkered and that Red usually put a front sight on. He asked for the customer's name and that's where the story ends as of now.

    Figured I'd update this for you guys.
     
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    That my friend is a.little box of AWESOME!
     
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    I like it.

    That's the second one I've seen.
    Saw one very similar back around 2000 in Utah.
    Though it looked neat then and still looks neat.
     
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    There is always someone screaming for attention .
     
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