Mini-14 180 series vs "regular" Mini-14, parts interchangeability and availability?
There is a 180 series Mini-14 at a local store on sale for $400. The action is nice and smooth and the gun seems to be in really great shape. I was thinking about having the barrel threaded and using my TAC-16 suppressor on it.
However I have ran into a problem. It seems that there are important differences between the 180 series and all other Mini-14's. Does anyone know what parts are different and if replacements are still available? Does anyone have links to pages that can explain the differences?
I think the most important questions is would this gun be a good "fun gun". I plan to use it and it would be nice to know I could get replacement parts if I need them. (Springs, etc.) I don't want to buy a collector gun. (Well, mabee I do, but I would at least like to know if I am getting a shooter or a collector gun.
I would be very interested if the following parts are available or would interchange from "regular" Mini-14's
Adjustable gas block
, Would like the option to turn off the gas for single shot use with suppressor. I know they make one for the "regular" mini, will it fit the 180?
, this gun, if I buy it, is going to be used. The barrel is in great shape, but I would at least like to know that a replacement could be had if needed without being a totaly custom job.
, from what I can find, the recoil spring is not interchangeable with the "regular" Mini and I can't seem to find a source for replacements. Are they still available.
Can anyone help me?