I recently got a new NRA model that I really like except for the stock (I'm old fashioned - I like wood and steel for making guns.) I easily found a wood stock but could not find wooden hand guards <anywhere>. (I was sort of trying to achieve the look of a M-1 Carbine that I once had and stupidly sold years ago.)
I sent a note to Wenig gun stocks (they seem to be one of the larger semi custom stock makers around) suggesting that they should offer a wooden Mini hand guard.
I just got a reply from them (below) and they are willing to make the hand guards if someone could loan them one to copy!
If anybody has one of these that would fit current Mini 14's and would be willing to loan it to Weing they would be doing the a lot of Mini owners that like the all wood look a great service.
If you are interested in helping with this and need help with shipping cost, PM me.
-------------------------Email exchange with Wenig-----------------------
If we could get one of the originals we could make a pattern and then there would be no problem reproducing them
----- Original Message -----
From: Wayne Freeman
Sent: Sunday, March 15, 2009 6:08 PM
Subject: Ruger Mini 14 product proposal
The original Ruger Mini 14 came with a wooden stock and <wooden> hand gard. Sometime in the 1980's Ruger dropped
the wooden hand guard in favor of some kind of plastic material. There are a number of owners of current Mini 14's that
really like the wood hand guard but cannot find them. When older ones come available on eBay, they get bid up to very
high prices. If you look thru various firearms forums on the net you will see quite a few discussion threads like the following
one with comments about wanting wooden hand guards.
My Perfect Mini
I have spent hours searching the net and have concluded that there is no one producing these hand guards in wood (nothing
but plastic / composite materials available.)
I am convinced that there is a pent up demand out there for a wood hand guard for the current Mini 14 that you could easily fill. It
would not have to be fancy wood (the original stocks were birch) and (I think) would be pretty easy for a company such as yours
to bring into production.
I'd appreciate your thoughts on this subject.