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Yeah, I know, another mount question. But heck, I ain't seen this one. Any one got a scout-type mount on their mini? I really like the look of the Ultimak mount but Brownells carries another type that clamps to the barrel. This last one I don't like too well. The Ultimak mount seems to replace the top of the gas block and clamps at the reciever end. How about it?:2guns:
 

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Holiday,
Have you checked out this thread-
http://www.perfectunion.com/forums/showthr...ght=scout+mount
The other scout mount is from Ranch Products it replaces the top half of the gas block also but not really a weaver mount
http://www.andean-inc.com/Merchant2/mercha...ode=RPSCOUT30BL
. There is another option from Aimtech it is see-thru that clamps to barrel in two places- http://www.aimtech-mounts.com/index_files/..._files/id26.htm and then there is DRC
http://www.drccustomgunsights.com/
Hope this helps!
 

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Thanks for the info! I'm not sure yet what I'm gonna do with my mini, but I have the hankerin' to do some customizing. Probably a new stock and maybe a scope mount of some sort. The scout type really apeals to me, and the Ultimak mount looks the best. Just waiting for that after-Christmas-aniversary check to get here!;) :2guns:
 

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Ultimak gets my vote! I bought one early December, was amazed at the quality of machining and the finish is second to none. I liked it so much I bought a second one for a friend's X-mas present! Good installation instructions are included... follow closely and you can't go wrong. It does replace the upper half of the gas block, has a second clamp closer to the receiver. This is a rock solid mount. Will go to range tomorrrow to zero red dot, will post results when done. Good Shooting & Happy New Year!:D
 

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Bill,
Good luck with your UltiMak mount. Please let us know if the mount gets hot after extended firing.
 

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Thanks for the reply, Bill. What is the mount made of? Is it aluminum? How is it finished? I was kinda curious if you could buff off the black if it was aluminum and match it to the stainless finish. Black looks good, but a silver mount to match my mini would be oh-so-cool! I could use some of the clear Brownells baking lacquer to finish it. For that matter, I guess I could use their stainless silver to change the color.:2guns:
 

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It is made from aluminum, but it is one of those new stronger than steel alloys. Finish is black anodizing, very nicely done. Steel clamp on the rear and comes with hardened replacement screws for the gas block. Don't know about removing the anodizing... might leave a real un-even surface and might create glare/reflections on sunny days. Remember that a stainless Mini has a black op rod cover so it should look real good in black. Just my .02

Regarding the construction material, I also have and use M4 uppers which I believe are the same material, this stuff is hard! With reasonable care, should not become damaged or rounded off due to the material. It does hold tight, with ARMS type attachments (rings/mounts) does not mar and allows for removal with holding of zero. I have been using AR/Mini GB rifles for 20+ years and have discovered one thing. The expensive stuff works and keeps on working! Any of the mil-spec equipment from ARMS, GG&G, Knight Armament, etc. is in use with our Spec Ops world wide.

I don't know if I would grab a Mini-14 GB as a first choice weapon... but with the Ultimak Scout mount, at least this older weapon is capable of mounting the latest in optics and battle accessories. Moves it into the '90's which is a good move. Use mine with Aimpoint M2 on a Clark laminated stock. Gets alot of 2nd looks at the range and it shoots pretty good too!
 

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Hello.

Here is a response I got from UltiMAK about some of the concerns expressed here.

First, we have tested this extensively, with massive amounts (in my
opinion) of ammunition-- far more than one would ever expend for any
useful purpose. We have fired over 700 rounds in a single afternoon,
using an Aimpoint Comp ML sight on a Mini-14, and over 1000 rounds using
an AK with the same model sight. Yes, the mount, and to a lesser
degree, the sight, will get hot under such conditions. This is also the
case with our AK mount, which has been on the market for three years.
So far, we have never experienced, nor have we been informed of, any
sight failure. The worst we have heard is that some people, who hold
the rifle in such a way as to touch the mount with the fingers while
shooting, have complained about discomfort after firing several dozen
rounds very quickly. For me, and for our other testers, it is a feat of
contortionism to hold a rifle in such a way, but everyone is built
differently.

If you have one of the few surviving automatics, and you are in the
habit of emptying several 30 round mags in a row without pause, this may
not be the system for you. However, if you are looking for a way to
improve the practical utility of your Mini-14, the M4-B is for you.

As for barrel problems, the mount will aid in cooling the barrel, due to
its direct contact, large surface area, and conductivity. Keep in mind
that adding mass, and therefore surface area, i.e. using a heavy barrel,
is the preferred method of dealing with the heat of increased firing
rates for light machineguns. The M4-B effectively adds mass, surface
area, and stiffness to the barrel. All reports we have received from
customers on the subject of accuracy, including our own experiences,
indicate the mount as improving accuracy.

Best Regards,

Lyle Keeney
UltiMAK
http://www.ultimak.com

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Reverend,
Thanks for sharing your correspondence with UltiMak, it helped answer some of the questions I had.
 
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