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Old 03-24-2008, 07:34   #1
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Suppressed Mini-14 Problem

I just got a new can from liberty suppressors, built specifically for my mini's. problem is, it spits back in my face and is annoying. I know this is due to the action, but does anyone have any thoughts on how to lessen or alleviate the problem?

can is big, so volume shouldnt be much of an issue.

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Old 03-24-2008, 11:44   #3
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Originally Posted by 93sr20det View Post
It may be simple but wear shades!!


I always wear eyes when I'm shooting. indoors or out.
I think everyone should.

helps, but still annoying

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Pretty normal to get gassed heavily. The only solution is to try different loads/brands of ammo until you get one that doesn't gas you too bad. Wolf/Monarch/Radway are the worst offenders.

Either that or you could break out the old M17 field protective mask!!!
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Originally Posted by JasonAC556 View Post
Pretty normal to get gassed heavily. The only solution is to try different loads/brands of ammo until you get one that doesn't gas you too bad. Wolf/Monarch/Radway are the worst offenders.

Either that or you could break out the old M17 field protective mask!!!
that'd be funny looking.

any ammo suggestions?
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If it is the opening of the action that is blasting you in the face,you could try;putting in a heavier recoil spring,or tunable gas block,or reduced size gas bushing,or handloading and reducing your pressures.
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Getting one of those ASI adjustable gas blocks and turning it "OFF" would help, but then you have a straight-pull rifle instead of a semi auto.

As far as ammo choices go, I have had better luck with Winchester and Lake City ball ammo. USGI loads tend to be cleaner and less likely to gass you. However, remember that less gas in the face is still going to be noticeable. That is just one of the trade-offs for shooting suppressed.

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hmmmm

guess I'll just have to start shooting from the hip, A-Team style.
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Is it legal to have a suppreser in Oklahoma? I've would love to try one on my Mini. Any manufacture suggestions?
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Originally Posted by Rmitch223 View Post
Is it legal to have a suppreser in Oklahoma? I've would love to try one on my Mini. Any manufacture suggestions?

yes

but there's really no "trying" one. because of all the hoops you have to jump thru to get one, its too much of a hassle to buy one just to see if you'll like it. resale market is minimal as well.

see if you can find someone local that has one and go shoot theirs.
best advice I can give you.
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Where can you buy one? My barrel is already threaded for my brake.
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Class 3 dealers

First, find a local Class 3 dealer. They will walk you through the process of obtaining a good suppressor. They will also be able to help you choose a suppressor based on your needs.

Here are a few I found in Oklahoma. There are more I am sure, but this should get you started.

http://www.machinegunsplus.com/homepage/

http://www.major-malfunction.com/

http://www.titletwoinvestments.com/

http://www.jandbgunsales.com/

http://www.llmachineguns.com/
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I don't know but I wonder if a smaller gas bushing would sort of slow the action down enough to let more of the pressure off and the gas to exit the barrel before the fired case was extracted and ejected.
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Originally Posted by g5m View Post
I don't know but I wonder if a smaller gas bushing would sort of slow the action down enough to let more of the pressure off and the gas to exit the barrel before the fired case was extracted and ejected.
I have an AC556K w/ a AAC M42000/m7 suppressor . I really dont have a gas in your face problem with this set-up. Maybe it is due to the shorter barrel and the better design of military grade cans. I may have just lucked out as the timing on this set-up does not blow back substantial gas into the action to cause discomfort to the shooter. Your can may also be too tight and retains gas longer than other designs.

Minimal gas coming out of the action may be due to less pressures resulting from the short barrel. The m4-2000 also has a larger bore compared to other 223 cans.

Experiment with different bushings or install an adjustable gas block to tweek the timing on your mini with the can attached. Using Walmart or bulk ammo may help as they usually come lightly loaded.This may help.
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