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Old 06-28-2020, 16:17   #1
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Ruger Folder Value?

Curious what a factory SS folder in great condition might be worth.
Real world price.
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Old 06-29-2020, 09:30   #2
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Couldn't say, but probably a lot less now that A-TM is producing them new.
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Old 06-29-2020, 13:29   #3
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It will be hard pressed to get more than the $259 Ruger/Samson gets for the new production (exactly the same as originals), unless it is some kind of hard corps Ruger collector.
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It will be hard pressed to get more than the $259 Ruger/Samson gets for the new production (exactly the same as originals), unless it is some kind of hard corps Ruger collector.
Concur, but I have seen hard-core collectors pay astonishing amounts, especially in a bidding/auction environment.

What the new stocks do is supply demand from all the other purchasers, and there are only a certain number of serious collectors.

Of course, the offering from Samson has little impact on those seeking blued folders.

Unless I am mistaken, Ruger can supply stats on how a particular Mini left the factory, so the opportunity of someone passing-off a fake is reduced. That means there is a finite number of Minis that left the factory as folders, and so limited opportunity to "re-create" an original folder that was somehow parted from its original folding stock.

The AVID collector will want what he wants, and there is no accounting for collector's behavior. Still, I concur that the new stocks will most likely drive down, or at least stabilize prices for the real thing.

All the above is pure guesswork on my part.

At least they are new, and without the wear and tear (wobbles and rattles) that worn-out original units might display.

For owners of any OEM, or new Mini folding stock, please consider that the joints of the stock are where the inevitable wear (and subsequent slop) occurs.

If at all possible, place/inject some synthetic CV joint grease into all wearing/moving joints. This will go a long way towards reducing wear and tear on the critical joints. If one finds the joints not friendly to dis-assembly, inject the best possible, thickest, lubricant into the joints, and replace/augment frequently.

You will be glad you did so.

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There are definate differences that any serious Mini 14 collector can detect in a few seconds. The most obvious - The reproductions only come in stainless. Also the mag-well is hogged out to take mini 30 magazines. I dont think the demand for originals is significantly reduced from Ruger collectors. What the reproductions do is give a modern mini owner the option of getting an original configuration factory folder on their newer stainless mini. For now, the factory Blued folders will be totally uneffected. I doubt Samson will be making a blued folder anytime soon. They still have a significant backlog on the Stainless one. I waited over 4 months to get mine.
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Old 06-30-2020, 10:51   #6
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There are definate differences that any serious Mini 14 collector can detect in a few seconds. The most obvious - The reproductions only come in stainless. Also the mag-well is hogged out to take mini 30 magazines. I dont think the demand for originals is significantly reduced from Ruger collectors. What the reproductions do is give a modern mini owner the option of getting an original configuration factory folder on their newer stainless mini. For now, the factory Blued folders will be totally uneffected. I doubt Samson will be making a blued folder anytime soon. They still have a significant backlog on the Stainless one. I waited over 4 months to get mine.
Your point about the blued folders is well-taken.
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Well the old factory stock won't be $ 800 anymore, not when you can get one from Ruger/Samson for under $ 300
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Maybe only worth $600 now
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