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Posted: 6/23/2018 7:35:29 PM EDT
Wanting either a cotton or leather military style sling that won't break the bank for my mini 14. I noticed the sling loops or whatever the technical term is are narrower than a 1 1/4".
Link Posted: 6/23/2018 7:44:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/23/2018 7:46:42 PM EDT by OAK667]
Leather looks cool on the M1A-M14-ish looking rifles....

Link Posted: 6/24/2018 12:14:30 AM EDT
M1 Carbine repro slings work well with a bit of fiddling to get them through the loops. I replaced the 1" Ruger front sling loop with a 1.25" aftermarket loop and a removable rear sling swivel to allow my M1 Carbine sling to function freely. As you can see, I've also done a bit more to my Mini to give it a more M14 vibe.

Link Posted: 6/24/2018 6:23:28 AM EDT
I always liked the classic look of green canvas or leather on the traditional wood stock Mini-14. I never thought the common black nylon ones looked correct with them. The swivels are narrow for a Garand or m14 style sling (changing to 1.25" swivel would be best - but I didn't do that- So I went with an inexpensive Uzi sling that had leather keepers. Not correct to the rifle, but fits the original loops and and keeps a classic look. PS they are inexpensive - These are $6.95 at DS Arms.
and other places.

Link Posted: 6/24/2018 10:07:32 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/24/2018 10:07:46 AM EDT by Seven-Shooter]


1" GI web sling from Tech Sights, was $15. Works well. With the OE straight mags, people on the range have asked me which version of Carbine I'm shooting.
Link Posted: 6/24/2018 10:23:48 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/24/2018 10:44:26 AM EDT by COSteve]
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Originally Posted By Seven-Shooter:
With the OE straight mags, people on the range have asked me which version of Carbine I'm shooting.
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As to people confusing my Mini M14 for something else, a few have told me, " Nice M1A you got there." Also, once I had both my M1A and my Mini sitting on the bench and a couple guys came up and asked if my Mini was a SOCOM model M1A.



Those 20rd straight mags do make it look like an M1A/M14 which is the point of getting them (and the fact that they were $14 and work 100% didn't hurt either.)
Link Posted: 6/24/2018 10:43:10 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By OAK667:
Leather looks cool on the M1A-M14-ish looking rifles....

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Maybe, however, as a US Army Armorer with 350ea M14s and 1911s in my care back in the day (early '68), I can tell you that the M-14 was never issued to the regular troops with a leather sling. Every one I had in my arms room had a wood stock, fiberglass handguard (wooden handguards were issued on the very early M14s, however, in testing they smoked with full auto fire and were deemed unsafe), and a green cotton sling. Yes, parade M14s usually had a leather sling but not on regular issue M14s.
Link Posted: 6/24/2018 2:12:33 PM EDT
Thanks guys appreciate all the feed back. I got a cj weapons green cotton sling on my M1A and love it for $17. It just too wide for the mini. Think I may go with the cotton tech sight sling.
Thanks
Link Posted: 6/25/2018 8:24:32 AM EDT
A VZ58 sling works fine
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 8:52:25 PM EDT
Leather looks fine:



But I prefer the green nylon slings from Tech Sights:

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