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Old 08-07-2012, 16:33   #1
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Muzzle Brake

Tried using the search function but it didn't spit anything out useful. Want to thread my barrel and put on a muzzle brake/flash hider. Thinking of going with the same threading for an AK47. I think it's 14x1 left handed. So far though i can't get my stock front sight off though. I've tried heat and the pin is pulled out but it wont come off. Does anyone have pictures of an AK muzzle brake/ flash hider on their mini30 so I can see how it came out and is there a picture out there with the front sight off so I can see what might be holding up getting the stock one off? Around how much should I expect to pay to have the stainless barrel threaded also? I'm not sure what that would cost.
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If you send your barreled receiver to Gun Doc he will remove the front site for you if he needs to removed it in short he will do the whole job for you. Get in contact with him he will shoot you price and help pick out a break you like that will work on your Mini. I read somewhere about a adapter that has threads for AK breaks for Minis. I can't remember where i saw it.

As for removing the front site i just removed mine a few weeks a go soak the sight with penetrating oil over night. Field strip your Mini put the receiver luges in a vice padded with leather or wood blocks. Not too tight. Heat the front sight up with a mini torch until you hear hiss from the penetrating oil and drive the front sight off with 1/4" bass rod and a hammer.
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Mine came off with a few stout taps with a brass hammer. Well maybe more than a few.
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I took one off my 181 mini and it was real mission, got it off in the end but ended up scratching the end of the barrel up a bit even with a rag in the vice. Oh well, just as well I bought the 181 to play gun smith with I suppose
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I have taken of a couple front sights, they can be a bear. What I did is take a small cheep styrofoam ice chest and cut a hole in the side 3 inches off the floor just big enough to get the barrel into. Stuck the barrel in about 8 inches and froze it overnight with some dry ice. The next morning I chucked it up in a vice and hit the front sight with some heat form a torch and 2 taps with a hammer and a block of hard wood the sight popped right off.
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I had to get the torch out to get mine off. It was soldered on, besides having a roll pin. Nasty work.
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Do you really need the break/hider to be easily removable? My flash suppressor slips around the front sight and is held on with a longer pin. No permanent mods to the rifle which may make it illegal in some states.
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I have my mini in a sparta stock. The sights are now flip up same plane and i also use a scope. The stock barrel sight needs to go since it is useless and i wanted to improve the harmonics of the barrel. It's a plinker and the 7.62 isn't the most accurate but it's fun to shoot and works great.
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