The front nests into the upper band just like the original, the rear is not yet affixed. I have a few ideas but haven't committed to anything yet. I did drill out the rivet from the original clip and will probably use it. I think the underside of the handguard will need to be beefed up so the rivet doesn't crack out. The modified handguard does fit remarkably well.
I'll blast and park when I have some nice weather. I do my blasting outside at a friend's garage. Plus I want to massage an area of the bolt where it seems to be dragging a sharp corner. Doesn't affect function but it does wear the finish.
I may bed the stock someday, depending on how it shoots. Haven't shot it since sticking it in wood. The Boyd stock is a nice tight fit. Most of the inletting was to fit the stock liner that holds the receiver. Some nice sharp jeweler files made short work of it. The stock is also very tight near the front of the receiver but I left it that way, supposing that it'll squish the wood grain to eventualy fit just right, or crack it in half the first time I fire. The very front of the stock also needed to be reduced so the front liner would fit. Finally, the rear tang of the trigger housing needed some slight relieveing on one side. When I clamped the t-guard it pulled the front of the stock sideways so I knew something wasn't quite right. After relieving one side of the trigger housing where it was rubbing the stock clamped up nice and straight, and VERY tight.
The hole for the front sling loop was drilled out to fit the stacking swivel screw. That's some hard stuff so use good bits if you attempt to drill it.
Here's how it looked when I got it in trade for a Century underfolder Yugo AK:
The stock is also very tight near the front of the receiver but I left it that way, supposing that it'll squish the wood grain to eventualy fit just right, or crack it in half the first time I fire.
Obviously you are aware of the risk. If it were mine, I would shave it to the point of needing only slight pressure to seat the receiver. I have seen a stock split for that very reason. It can be repaired but, you will always have the memory of doing something "stupid".
Did some work on handguard attachment. There are some minor things I'd do different if I do it again, but it came out OK so far and seems very sturdy. Sturdier than I figured it would be without beefing up the underside of the handguard.
Haven't decided whether to TIG and blend. Or blend, park, and loctite. Probably TIG if I find the fiberglass can survive the park tank. I have some pieces that were cut away so I can run an experiment.
Aftermarket parts manufacturers could sell a lot of M-14-type handguards for the Mini if they ever decided to try it.
You're right there. And they could do a better job with the clip than I managed. Specifically, the handguard should have the recessed groove for the band. The band doesn't need to actually hook over the bottom edges of the handguard since it's really only there to give the screw (or rivet) something to hang onto. Even if the clip was riveted through a reinforced bump like the original Mini hanguard it would be nicer than what I came up with.
Fulton Armory has someone making decent repro M14 handguards for them. I'd think someone could market a Mini handguard for around $40, which should include the barrel clip.
Very nice indeed . Boyd's makes a great stock , and with only minimal fitting needed . Have a Boyd's thumbhole for a Marlin , and one for a 17 Savage and love the quality . The handguard turned out great also , VERY nice work . I find the original cotton slings hold better than the nylon ones , but they sure don't look as nice .
Ha! No, it's not select fire. It doesn't even have the dummy kit installed. I think that's the edge of the hammer showing through the cutout, but at that diagonal orientation it surely does look like the switch, doesn't it. Select fire M14 is WAY above my pay grade. It's a Fulton Armory receiver built with a standard contour Criterion barrel and all GI parts. I've had it back from the builder for a few months now but have only fired a couple of mags through it so far.