Archangel Sparta stocked Mini-14

This is a discussion on Archangel Sparta stocked Mini-14 within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; A few weeks ago, I bought a new Ruger Mini-14 Tactical (.223) that came in an ATI Strikeforce folding stock. I love the rifle, and ...

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    A few weeks ago, I bought a new Ruger Mini-14 Tactical (.223) that came in an ATI Strikeforce folding stock. I love the rifle, and liked the stock at first blush, but I did not like the combination of the ATI stock and the EOTech sight I bought to install on the rifle. After some online research, I ordered an Archangel Sparta stock and installed it on my Mini. The difference, to me, is night-and-day. The Sparta stock includes a full-length, aluminum upper/handguard unit, with an integrated picatinny rail that easily mounts my EOTech sight. The stock has a 4-position adjustable buttstock, with a 7-position adjustable cheekpiece, and it bolts to the upper with four hefty bolts, making the whole thing feel very solid. I added Magpul RSA sling mounts front and rear, and use a Magpul MS-3 single point sling. I have fired 700 rds thru this combo with no failures of any kind, and the rifle handles much better with the new stock than with the old. Here is the obligatory picture:
    "In a world of compromise, some men don't." HK ad slogan from the 1980's.

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    That is the coolest looking Mini-14 I've ever seen. Well done, good sir.

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    That just made the mini ruger cool again.... Visions of a mini 30 in that stock are dancing through my head!

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    That's an awesome looking mini stock, what does it cost, if you don't mind me asking.
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    Maybe I'm missing it, but is there any way to use the factory iron sights with that stock?

    Also looks like you can no longer get to the chamber easily...? One of the things I like about the Mini is that you can get to the chamber in the event of a failure - not that mine has had any.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye .45 View Post
    That's an awesome looking mini stock, what does it cost, if you don't mind me asking.
    About $185.00, shipped, from Cheaper Than Dirt.
    "In a world of compromise, some men don't." HK ad slogan from the 1980's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    Maybe I'm missing it, but is there any way to use the factory iron sights with that stock?

    Also looks like you can no longer get to the chamber easily...? One of the things I like about the Mini is that you can get to the chamber in the event of a failure - not that mine has had any.
    You can't use the factory iron sights; in fact, to install the stock, you remove the rear sight (on the newer Ranch rifles), or fold down the rear sight blade (older Ranch rifles) in order to clear the stock (which fits ONLY the Ranch rifle version of the Mini). With the bolt locked back, the chamber is more accessible than, say, an AR-15; but, yes, you do lose some of the "open bolt" accessibilty of the original design. (This is my second Mini-14, and neither one of them has ever failed to function, nor have I ever personally seen a Mini fail to function.) The full length picatinny-railed upper does accept any same-plane AR-15 style sight, and it is easy to mount a modern combat optic like the EOTech, which is the reason I bought the stock in the first place. I am not an AR-15 fan, nor did I ever consider buying one, but I wanted a .223 rifle that could mount modern combat optics easily without paying $2000 plus for a SCAR or ACR. I think I have the best of both worlds here: an affordable rifle that is not an AR-15, but that still is able to easily mount the type of accessories that have come to market in the wake of the immense popularity of the AR-15 style of rifle.
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    What kind of weight does it add to the rifle, loaded or unloaded?
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    Looks good.
    You might want to experiment with positioning your EOTech further forward on your rifle. You can always move it back.
    With both eyes open you'll block slightly less of your critical field of view and the reticule will still optically superimpose nicely on your intended target.

    Of course it's personal preference but, just a casual suggestion that you might just like it better when it's moved a bit further forward.

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    I'm guessing about a pound. I didn't weigh it before or after, so I'm guessing.

    I may try moving it forward a bit; it's kind of a compromise between finding a good field of view and getting an optimum point of balance on the rifle.
    "In a world of compromise, some men don't." HK ad slogan from the 1980's.

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