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Old 07-08-2020, 19:19   #1
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New Flashlight Mount for the Mini 14/30

Just saw this posted on the Mini 14/30 Facebook Page. Flashlight mount from Skinner Sights. Sorry if previously posted.

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Slick looking mount, but unfortunately can't be used if you are running a strut.
I have struts on both of my Minis, so I'll have to stick with the side rail mount.
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Slick looking mount, but unfortunately can't be used if you are running a strut.
I have struts on both of my Minis, so I'll have to stick with the side rail mount.
Concur with strut incompatibility. With a pencil-barrel, I'd rather have the strut and mount the light to the side, as sandog posted above.

Also, the sling, if mounted on the OEM sling swivel, will impede use of the light.

My Mini syn stocks have short sections of picatinny rail mounted at 3-, 6-, and 9-o'clock for attachment of accessories. If unused, insert some sections of Magpul ladder-rail-panels so the sections of pic-rail aren't cheese-graters.

https://magpul.com/catalog/product/v...obal_color=118

In some cases, I use contrasting sections of the above covers to "blank-off" unused sections of long rails. This way, a detached optic, when being re-attached, cannot be installed in the wrong slots in the picatinny rail, especially in dim light.
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Originally Posted by sandog View Post
Slick looking mount, but unfortunately can't be used if you are running a strut.
I have struts on both of my Minis, so I'll have to stick with the side rail mount.
If I were to add an accessory mount to the Mini I would go with your approach. I have yet to add a tactical light to any of my firearms. The last time I checked I thought they were still ridiculously over priced.
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Owning quite a few other weapons lights (including some SureFire units), I am seriously considering this unit as my next purchase:
https://inforce-mil.com/products/rif.../wmlx-whiteir/

Advantages are low-profile, easy switching without remote switch, and White/IR emitters.

YMMV, but a good light is an essential tool. Good tools are seldom cheap.

Disclaimer: no financial interest.
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Another problem with the Skinner Mount is you would need a remote switch. That Streamlight they are showing has the rear toggle...same as mine. Toggle one way and the light stays on as long as the lever is held. Toggle the other way and it clicks on for a no hold light.

The Skinner is so far forward you could not reach it without a remote. With the stock mounted Pic rail you can mount the rail just forward of your natural holding position. A slight extension of your index finger can then activate the light without altering the hold of the rifle.

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Concur that the mount places the light in an awkward position without separate remote pads. As I posted, some more modern lights do not require remote pads.

Having many SureFire lights with remote pads, I am looking forward to replacing them with equally reliable lights that are more user-friendly. YMMV.
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GO...a good light is overpriced... as is everything else that is a necessity. Price isn't likely to be going down. Personally, I'd bite the bullet and make the purchase. A light will be invaluable if things go south.

The Streamlight lights come with a selection of adapters that can be switched for use on different firearms. Gives a little versatility.

I followed Sandogs advice way back and put the pic rail section on each Mini and bought a light for each. The setup is slick. I keep the lights stored in the safe with the batteries out. If doo doo hits, I'll mount them.

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Thanks for the recommendation. Im getting more frugal the older I get. Now I know why my Dad always complained about how much stuff cost when he was my age. Maybe Ill start doing some research and get one for my birthday next month. I would definitely start with one on my night stand handgun.
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Thanks for the recommendation. Im getting more frugal the older I get. Now I know why my Dad always complained about how much stuff cost when he was my age. Maybe Ill start doing some research and get one for my birthday next month. I would definitely start with one on my night stand handgun.

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