View Full Version : Southern CA mini-14 artist/ gunsmith

09-19-2011, 12:17 PM
A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to have shot a few mini-14's made over by a gun smith from the greater southern California area. His work was Truely top shelf and I've always regretted not having a piece made over by him. His specialty was trimming back the barrel to almost the gas block, installing a permanent muzzle break to bring it to legal length and balancing the operating system for reduced recoil and faster follow up shots.

Does anybody know if this smith is still in buisness? I don't remember his name unfortunately...

Any help would be great.

Thanks in advance,


09-19-2011, 3:23 PM
There is (was - is ss far as I know) a fellow here who does the same - "CRT" or Sierra Gunsmith in Modesto I believe. The Mini 14 work gets great reviews. I had an Enfield Sniper repro set up by them, complicated work and it was done perfectly.

09-19-2011, 4:27 PM
You may have shot mine at Morro Bay- used to drag them along just for some fun after the revo. These the ones?

My original style, probably similar to the one you shot:

Next gen (more effective brake):

My own gun with custom acog mount:

Next, next gen convertible:

And a truly rare one:

09-19-2011, 5:40 PM
Those are some of the nicest mini's I've ever seen. Just awesome^^^^

09-19-2011, 7:36 PM


What barrel length are you cutting them before you attach the permanent brake?

Follow up, are you getting 2 to 3 MOA once you do that mod?

They look quick handling.


09-19-2011, 10:04 PM
MOA is irrelevant when talking about a mini- YOu cannot fix the #1 problem with the rifle- that big "RUGER" mark on the back end. Those that would make heretic promises of a "sub moa" Ranch Rifle are on CRACK, or meth, or LSD, maybe oxycontin, mayb even certifiably insane.

That said, with a good scope, the accuracy can be shown to actually improve at short ranges- at or less than 100 yd, past this, not so much due to the loss of velocity. The barrel on the first gen was 13.5. next gen uses a 14.0"

I'v used toem do great succes at multigun and POlice shoots- I love the hagglers that mock my "grandad gun" ( I put a wood stock on to attend a police shoot)

The handling ... to compare it to an automobile... this makes the mini a go-cart. It really is like a SMG in your hands. Anyone who has shot them, in their first breath will comment on the instinctive feel of the gun.

The Mini-1A - now since it's a Pac-Nor match barrel, it shoots fantastic. 2" at 100 with iron sights, with scope for accuracy testing, shoots match Hornady into .75". But that's a whole new ballgame.

09-20-2011, 10:05 AM
That "Mini-1A" is sweet. I've never seen one before. Could you make another one? Or was that a one time deal? How much would it cost?

09-20-2011, 11:46 AM
The Mini-1A is too cool.

09-20-2011, 7:22 PM
Thanks for the info CRT. Would love to take a course with one day to see if I am faster or more proficient than my featureless AR.

I have PC9, although heavy for a 9 mm, points well but has the open sights instead of a peep so it is like shooting an iron sight only AK.

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09-20-2011, 10:46 PM
That "Mini-1A" is sweet. I've never seen one before. Could you make another one? Or was that a one time deal? How much would it cost?

+1 for this info... always disliked mini 14, but actually love these!!!

09-20-2011, 10:52 PM
The only one I could find in a search was this one. I like the idea of a SCHV concept in an M14 platform, very much like a mini in the first place, just larger and more accurate. I would love to get some specs on this thing and a price too. More than an M1A, less?

09-21-2011, 10:36 PM
ahh... depends which M1A.:43:

No, all parts and labor, after buying the mini-14 to start with was around $1300 iirc. That included the hard-to-find wood top. There's a trigger job and some other internal work for reliabilty and such.

09-22-2011, 5:55 AM
Thats about the same price as an off the shelf Springfield... Count me as interested. Would you build another one?