Ok, so here it is.
My grandfather passed away back in December, shortly after my dad informed me that I would be receiving his mini 14. The thing has been sitting in a closet for lord knows how many years, as a home defense rifle.
Obviously since it has not been shot in forever, I'm going to take it apart and clean the thing as best I can.
Once clean I plan on using it for a home defense/bug out rifle, and was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to make it a better rifle.
I have read that they're not very accurate (and I have NO idea what series this is or any info on it other than it's a Mini 14), but am not overly concerned about the accuracy considering for home defense well.. I hope to not have to shoot, and if I do, I hope it's no more than 10 yards and less than a magazine of ammunition. I know a big accuracy issue is the thin barrel causes the metal to flex quickly under any sustained fire, and I'm not really looking to increase accuracy by messing with the barrel at all.
I'm looking more for, any ways to make it smoother, better shooter, maybe polishing/deburring parts and what not. I already plan on putting either a different stock or tactical rail on the fore grip.
I know of all the tacti-cool stuff you can do to them, they're very versatile, you can put just about any damn thing on them, but I'm not necessarily looking for tacti-cool, like I said, if I can make the rifle function, cycle, and if I can shoot a little better, I'd be happy.
PS If you have a set up mini 14 could you post a picture? Still getting ideas. Would like to keep fairly stock, but I may keep the regular wood stock and replace it with something I can use to make it a little more functional.