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Old 03-29-2020, 18:41   #1
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Mini 14 Sling

Just got my brand new, 584 Series Mini 14, LOVE IT! What are you guys using for slings, that fit through the thin, front sling swivel? I had a nice leather one, but too damn thick for the narrow opening. I'm trying to stay away from cheap synthetic webbing, prefer leather, canvas/cotton. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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Old 03-29-2020, 19:34   #2
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I changed out the fixed 1" sling swivels to a set of QD 1 1/4" parkerized swivels from KNS. I ordered them through Midway. Changing out the rear stud was easy. After removing the front swivel with pliers, I drilled out the boss in the gas block and thinned the sides a bit with a file so the QD pin could go through and the gate could close. A bit of cold blue took care of the bare steel, afterwards. Well worth the effort.
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I did the same as Firescout with Grovetec heavy duty quick removable swivels. Then added a RifleCraft RS1 sling with built-in quick loop for stable shooting. Itís a good combination.


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I have an 11/4 M1 Garand cotton sling on my 10-22 with a tech sight. It has a quick-adjust and a Quick release so you can rig it hasty style for assisted shooting. They are nice slings for not much $$.
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I made my own out of 5.11 belts. Since then I buy the material and have them sewed up.

Note how the gun lays flat against my body and balances flat too. This puts the least amount of negative energy on your body and makes carrying the gun for long periods much easier.

It is a little harder to mount the sling on the side of the gun, but it is well worth it. Grov-Tec makes really nice screw in sockets that work great on either laminate or plastic stocks. see Midway for them and get the ones that are "Rotation Limited."

Please note: the Tapco Mag doesn't' work! and since Remington bought the Company, and then killed it, they're gone. Shame, as they had potential.

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Originally Posted by 45acpskng View Post
Just got my brand new, 584 Series Mini 14, LOVE IT! What are you guys using for slings, that fit through the thin, front sling swivel? I had a nice leather one, but too damn thick for the narrow opening. I'm trying to stay away from cheap synthetic webbing, prefer leather, canvas/cotton. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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I just use a surplus m16 silent sling. Cheap, easy and works well.
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Hearing you gentlemen talk about slings makes my heart just a flutter!! I love it! Riflemen use slings, as they are a great aid to steadying the rifle, as well as soaking up recoil. I have to agree w/ 51 on this, the USGI cotton web sling is hard to beat. It's simple, adjustable, and it works well. I have given up on 1907-style slings, even for service rifle matches, as the web sling stays put better.
BTW- project Appleseed sells U.S. made USGI web slings, for about $14. Buy several, outfit all your rifles, and then mark the webbing w/ a sharpie as far as where to position the buckle for hasty, loop, etc, as well as standing, sitting, and prone positions.
If you really want to learn how to use that sling to the utmost, get to an appleseed!
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Either the USGI sling or the new MagPul Rifleman sling. I have the Magpul on a Mini and Ruger GSR. Very happy with them.
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys, went with the Tech Sight offering, Canvas OD, simple to use, easy on/off.
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Swivels.

Originally Posted by 45acpskng View Post
Just got my brand new, 584 Series Mini 14, LOVE IT! What are you guys using for slings, that fit through the thin, front sling swivel? I had a nice leather one, but too damn thick for the narrow opening. I'm trying to stay away from cheap synthetic webbing, prefer leather, canvas/cotton. Any suggestions? Thanks!
I removed both of my swivels and drilled through the studs so they would accept one inch swivels. Problem solved.
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I removed both of my swivels and drilled through the studs so they would accept one inch swivels. Problem solved.
How hard is it to drill through the front stud on the gas block? "Easily" doable with a hand drill and standard bits?
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Jump I did that mod years ago if I remember right the gas block was pretty hard. I think DeWalt 2x bits would be fine. I happen to have cajungeo's how-to on adding Uncle Mike's sling swivels to a Mini.https://www.perfectunion.com/vb/ruge...qd-swivel.html

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Here is another how-to on sling studs. I did this mod for mounting a bipod. https://www.perfectunion.com/vb/ruge...e-forearm.html

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How hard is it to drill through the front stud on the gas block? "Easily" doable with a hand drill and standard bits?

A good sharp standard drill bit yes, itís not that hardened. I did use a cobalt one but it went they so easy any drill would probably be fine.


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A good sharp standard drill bit yes, itís not that hardened. I did use a cobalt one but it went they so easy any drill would probably be fine.


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If it's stainless steel you will need a cobalt drill bit. If it's blued you can probably do it with a high speed steel drill bit.


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On my Mini I use a M1 Carbine sling.
Most of the ones available are foreign cheap**** where the snap may let your rifle fall off, or slippery nylon.
I got one that's a modern US cotton reproduction and the quality is excellent. No worries about the snap coming loose.
After using QD slings for a while, I discovered that I hardly ever removed them.
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I removed both of my swivels and drilled through the studs so they would accept one inch swivels. Problem solved.
The fixed sling swivels that come on the Mini 14 are 1" swivels. Most military slings are 1 1/4" wide.
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I have a 1" Uncle Mike's (Butler Creek) leather military sling and it fits great.
https://www.butlercreek.com/products...nd-carry-strap
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Tech sights sells a 1 inch OD web sling that looks really good and functions well. It is basically a 1 inch version of the OD web sling for the m1 Garand or M-14. Here is a picture of my rifle with the sling installed.
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I just got the OD tech-sight sling. I had to spread open the front gas block hanger to get it through but other than that it's a good sling. $14 right now $3 to ship.

Mini is a small carbine and I think it looks better with a 1" sling than something bigger.

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