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Ruger Mini-14 Vent Handguard

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Ruger Mini-14 vent handguard by Choate Machine(the BMW of accessories mfgr.). Snaps right onto barrel. no fitting required. The perfect match for the Butler Creek folding stock we also sell for the Mini-14(see our other adds).

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  • ASIN: B00097DJH0
  • Item model number: 07-02-04
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,785 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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By Roger J. Buffington TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 15, 2012
The Ruger Mini 14 is perhaps my favorite rifle. I am not crazy about the plastic handguard that Ruger supplies with the 580-582 series (latest series) Mini 14s. The Ruger handguards are not especially durable and are not well-ventilated. This Choate handguard is better constructed, looks better, and most importantly it ventilates the rifle better, allowing it to cool faster at the range. The Ruger handguard is designed to prevent the user from contacting the forward portion of the charging handle assembly, which is really a non-problem. The cost of this non-solution is poorer ventilation.

I use this Choate handguard on both of my 582-series Mini 14s and really like them. They install in seconds; just unsnap the old and snap in the new Choate. Just remember to do this before mounting a tactical rail or a scope, as this might block the removal of the handguard. Once in place there is really no reason ever to remove it again.

Highly recommended. RJB.
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I like this handguard. It seems to cool the barrel better than the stock one. It also looks better. Choate makes great stuff and I have two of their stocks as well. However, unlike the stock handguard, this one leaves the operating rod exposed like the M-1 Garand, M1 carbine and the M-14. Be aware of this difference & watch your finger tips. My guard became a little bit loose after prolonged firing (the heat may have had something to do with this too) but since it just attaches with a spring clip, I might be able to tighten the clamp with pliers.
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By NS0229 on February 22, 2014
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only giving this 4 stars because it wasnt a perfect fit. 3 mins of sanding on the right edge that sits above the charging handle assembly and it was perfect. Besides that it was a nice snug fit...perfectly measured (besides the charging handle edge). Makes my 581 mini MUCH better looking and just by how it looks installed, will ventilate the barrel much better. 10/10 on looks, (Probably) 10/10 in function, and 8/10 in fit.

All in all, if you own a mini and youre not throwing on a scout rail, GET THIS DAMN PRODUCT! NNAAAAOOOWWWW! It's how mini's should have come from the factory
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Very well made and sturdy handguard for the RugerMini-14. Doesn't have the operating rod cover like the Ruger OEM handguard, which is a plus to me as the OEM handguard looked awkward while attached to the rifle. The vented handguard looks a lot sleeker and fits easily and securely on the Mini-14. In fact, now my Mini-14 looks like a scaled down version of my Springfield M1A. Strongly recommend this handguard to 'pretty up' your Mini-14/Mini-30.
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This is a well made product and it definitely keeps the barrel much cooler. There are more and larger vents than the factory handguard, so it achieves its intended purpose. It just clips on to the barrel exactly like the stock guard, so it's a simple switch. The guard doesn't cover the op rod, but that is fine with me.
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Installed on my brand new Mini-14 tactical. Fit perfectly; snapped right on in place of the OEM handguard. The black plastic nicely matches my black Hogue stock. It really improves the look of this rifle. The plastic seems sturdy for the most part. I've noticed that the small lip that fits under the rim of the gas block is starting to crack however. Right now, it is not visible because it is hidden under the gas block when installed. I'm worried this crack may eventually extend to the rest of the handguard, notably the first row of vents, in which case it will need to be replaced. I will monitor and update. Also, the op-rod on your rifle will be exposed (the OEM handguard hides it with an ugly bulge). Some people are concerned about that but it has worked on other Garand-type rifles without issue so get over it.
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First let me say this handguard gave a face lift to my Ruger mini14 recent model.Before installation notice the original guard has a sheet metal reveted to the inside of it wich i felt can be useful so I removed it for the old hand guard installed it to the Choate guard the looks of it was enhanced right away secured it with to pop rivets.installed it to the barrell perfect fit.did some range time to see how well it performed supprising affect on keeping the barrel nice n cool after 40 to 50 rounds barrel was cooler than it would be with the original hand guard.the down side is watch your fingers when gripping thought they might get knicked by the charging handle.overall great option well made and lookss great
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It is perfect fit for 181 series Mini 14. I had some reservations on whether or not it would fit that barrel profile. BUT, lo and behold; it is a perfect fit. Plus i like the fact that it does show the slide... a nice cosmetic touch in my mind
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