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Anyone have experience with these? Due to my cross eye dominance I have to use a red dot for any rifles.

My Mini 14 has a small rail but it's directly above the ejection port. Getting the bolt out is a pain in the ass and I actually have to remove my Sig red dot to get the space needed.

Well removing and reinstalling the red dot for cleaning is not idea for keeping it sighted. Looking for a longer rail option.

The Hannibal Rail seems like a good but expensive option at $145.

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I have the Ultimak rail and a forward mounted red dot on mine. Pretty much seems like the way to go.


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There is also an Aimtech mount that I believe is out of production and also the Amega mount. The Aimtech is different than the others as it is raised up and you can see your iron sights and still use them even with a red dot mounted. You can google them to see them. I might have a spare Aimtech rail but won't be able to check until Thursday. But- it only fits the older Mini 14's not the new ones, so let us know which you have.
 
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The Amega seems to have the longest section for attaching my red dot. The Hannibal is nice but has a section for micro red dot that won't work with my Romeo5. I don't think I want the red dot moved too far forward, just away from the action.




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Is yours a new or older Mini- serial number prefix?
 
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The Aimtech I have will not fit then, sorry-
 
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No worries. Appreciate the thought. I’ll end up with one of the options posted.




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I run the ultimak. It has no material negatives in my use and works fine.


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No experience with that specific rail, but I have an Ultimak on my Mini-14, and it's fantastic.

However, the Ultimak is strictly a rail. That's fine if you're planning to use something like an Aimpoint Micro or similar, like I do. Otherwise, this Samson one seems to offer the unique capability to directly mount a RMR or other micro dot to its integral mounting holes, if that's the type of optic you're planning to use.
 
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I just need the rail. Using my Romeo 5 on it, and that's all.




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There is also an Aimtech mount that I believe is out of production and also the Amega mount. The Aimtech is different than the others as it is raised up and you can see your iron sights and still use them even with a red dot mounted. You can google them to see them. I might have a spare Aimtech rail but won't be able to check until Thursday. But- it only fits the older Mini 14's not the new ones, so let us know which you have.
i am interested in the aimpoint for my 185 mini 14 if you still have it.
 
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Does anyone have pics of the Aimtech mount?
I am interested if you have one. My mini is 185 older model. Thanks
 
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Give me a day or three to fish it out- I will post a pic and if my spare is still there it's yours-
 
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Ok, Thankyou
 
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Here's what the rail looks like- as you can see it is hollow under the rail which allows you to use your iron sights by looking through the rail. It does put the sight kind of high so it takes some adjusting to use but I think it would work better with a standard stock than on the folder.

Chas- I am still looking for my spare rail- will email you when I find it
 
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Dang, that Aimtech rail is super tall! Looks to be the same height or possibly even higher than the various tall receiver bridge rails that companies like GG&G offer for the Mini-14.

The primary benefit of the Ultimak rail, or the newer Samson rail, is that the optic is mounted at the same level as the sights, so there's no need to modify the stock with a riser, or adapt to using a chin weld, like you would with any of those tall rails. These scout-style rails are a compromise, allowing for normal cheek weld/sighting in exchange for putting the optic in a less optimal position farther out front.



Whereas if you're going to deal with a super tall rail mount for your optic, you might as well go with a receiver bridge rail and at least have the optic closer to your eye and the extra weight centered over the rifle's natural balance point:

 
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To be honest I bought and used that rail well over 20 years ago. My Mini was my duty rifle at that time and I used it with an Eotech mounted on it. Since it was for work I had to have the ability to switch to irons in an instant and that was the available mount that allowed that. The bridge style scope rails weren't compatible with the Eotech.
 
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