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Old August 29th, 2011, 05:14 AM   #1
 
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Ruger Mini14/30 Archangel Sparta stock

Anyone seen the video on this yet and think about buying one? I sold off my Mini14 a couple of years ago (epic level fail) and am thinking of buying one of the new models at some point. This may be the fire under my butt I needed. The standard stock is perfectly functional, this just looks fun!!!




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Old August 31st, 2011, 03:30 PM   #2
 
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No one? Am I just being silly with this one??? I still say it looks fun as long as it isn't a cheap fitting stock. If it's tight and solid feeling then it might be worth it.
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New to the forum. Love it so far!

How much is it going for and is it even available yet? I just went to their website and couldn't find anything on it there. I think it will definitely be towards the top of the list of options I will consider once I get my hands on my Mini-30.
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Irf I want that type of stock I will by an ar platform. I prefer the mini 14 stock on wood or polymer.
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I haven't seen this one but I like another kit they have that transforms the 10/22 into an HK G36. I think it's called the Marauder.
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I own a Mini cause it looks like a M!A, M1 carbine, M14, M1 garand
save the platforms for the AR's & 10/22's
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I have three AR-15s that look like AR-15s. I have my Mini-14 because it looks like a hunting rifle.
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If I want that type of stock I will by an ar platform. I prefer the mini 14 stock on wood or polymer.
My sentiments exactly! The Mini as is, is as it should be! I prefer the stainless/polymer models because of the area I live in Florida and the humidity, rain and sweat. And no scope! It don't need or want a scope! It looks perfect out-of-the-box!
Just my very humble opinion.
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I like it. I don't care how it looks. I want it to be functional for me. What benefits would this have over ATI's folding stock?
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I recieved mine today. Shipping was delayed last year while they improved the fastener inserts in the aluminum rail.

Here's my post from another forum...

I have been a ruger owner for many, many years, and recently picked up a Mini-14 stainless ranch model (580 series), replacing the Mini-30 I let get away long ago. It came in a synthetic stock, as usual. I had some tactical mods in mind, so a good rail system was my first priority. I had thought the Amega Ranges Mini-Scout Rail was the answer to my ambitions.


I soon learned that real estate was limited, even with the Amega rail and a couple of add on rails...


My frustrations came to a head when I went on a search for a good pistol grip solution. I wasn't very happy with the usual offerings. I love the A2 grip on an AR15, but the typical Mini- offerings use an interpretation of the "Saw" grip, or a fat palm swelled custom grip inspired by exotic target rifles. Then most still had the usual limitations on fore-end space, with few options providing more mounting area than what I already had.
Then I stumbled on some SHOT Show videos from 2011 where ProMag was detailing their Archangel Sparta stock for the Mini- family. It looked good, but then I read where it had failed to go into production last year as they refined it somewhat. I was having trouble finding any trace of this thing then it was never available for sale. After a few days of searching, another SHOT Show video from 2012 popped up with remarks that these started shipping in just the last few weeks. Another search and I started finding them for sale, but missed out, until this week. Here is what I got today....



It has only the top rail, but it runs the full length of the action, from behind the original rear site, all the way to the gas block.


There is enough open space on the top rail for side saddle mounting of tactical accessories, and there are lugs molded in to the bottom side of the fore-end that can be drilled for a rail on the belly. This will help with bi-pod and pressure switch mounting.


The Sparta stock has a ton of features; 4 position stock, 7 position cheek weld, aluminum picatinny rail, 4 QD sling sockets, steel thread inserts in the aluminum rail where attaching to stock, pistol grip storage, rubber butt pad, etc.
I've handled the ATI, Tapco, Choate, Ramline and Ruger stocks. They all seemed a little flimsy (maybe that's a strong word). They would twist in your hands, especially the ones with a thin fore-end. The folders were clunky, except the ATI, the grips were weird... They just didn't feel "right" to this shooter.
The best description I can use for the Sparta is SOLID. It's got some weight to it, but not too much. It's very rigid, probably due to the long aluminum rail that is very nicely integrated into the sythetic stock.

You can see more about it here:



Now if it sounds like I am a fan, I am. I need to throw a compliment to ProMag on three points. First, this is made in the USA! Second, I had a concern, so I called and was on the phone a technician within a half hour. All of my questions were answered and my input was taken seriously. Third, I learned a lot about the development of the product in that call, especially how hard they had worked to hit a reasonable price point. Mission accomplished!
My best friend is an AR toting Marine Corp Vet. He has been growing fond of my Mini lately, but tonight he declared that my rifle was finally "complete". I would recommend this piece to anyone looking for more flexibility from their Mini- platform. Good luck finding one. Demand is chewing them up as fast as they can be produced.
I just had a trigger job done and shot a 1.75" group at 100 yards last night, using a walnut stock I snagged on eBay. I'll be sure to report back my results with the Sparta stock just as soon as I can.
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Keep it up!!! I know many Mini owners like the baby M14 look and I very much agree with them. BUT. . . This kit just looks FUN!!!
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Someone called my rifle "Sexy" tonight. Too bad he wasn't better looking.... and a girl...

I'll spare you the pics, but I added a new scope today, 6-18 x 40 from Cabella's, with interchangeable turret knobs for various windage and elevation adjustments that can be set back to zero easily. It's a nice piece. They are having a huge Optics sale right now. I couldn't pass it up.
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I'll call it sexy. To each his own, and you made a unique Mini 14 that you obviously love. That stock gives you soooo many more options since you seem to enjoy all the bells and whistles of a tactical style rifle. Just out of curiosity, where did you find the stock, and how much is it going for? Archangel doesn't have them listed on the same sight as their 10/22 and 597 website.
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These stocks sold out in like three days, but I found one place that had 7 in stock while everyone else was sold out. I bought one from them. Seems they only have one in stock now. Best to CALL them if you order it as that could be wrong.
http://www.huntingsuppliesoutfitter....bin/cp-app.cgi

Mine is coming today and I will be adapting it to my pre-186 serial #. with success I do hope. I actually feel pretty confident I can do so.
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I got this one from Trading Post Supply, but also found some at King's Firearms & More.

You can get them delivered for about $190.

I went through several canceled orders to get one. It does pay to call and confirm on-hand inventory.
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