Hey Guys, I've been a reader for a couple of monthes now, just never had anything to add. My 196 series stainless/synthetic mini-14 recently suffered a broken firing pin. I am still not sure why. It is quite new and I doubt has 500 rounds through it. 99% of the ammo is my own reloads using standard CCI primers. Anyway, does anyone know of an aftermarket firing pin? I found only one on the net and it is listed as blued. Also, after doing a search, I found several old threads where it seemed people had prematurely broken pins and the aftermarket ones didn't last for squat. After past dealings with Ruger on other guns, I consider sending the gun back to them a last resort option. I am even thinking about machining one of my own. Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks!