By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
April 6, 2022
While we’re definitely tactical AR (AR-15) carbine/SBR (Short Barreled Rifle) guys here at DefenseReview (DR), we’re also fans of The A-Team (TV show, not movie), which makes us default fans of the Ruger Mini-14 tactical rifle/carbine, which was used by the A-Team’s confident (some would say “cocky”) and resolute cigar-chomping leader Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith…not that he ever actually shot anyone with it. In fact, we can’t remember a single person ever getting shot by the A-Team on that show. We’re not sure what that says about the Ruger Mini-14, but that’s not what we’re here about.
We’re here to talk (or in this case, write) about the Samson Manufacturing Hannibal Rail for the Ruger Mini-14 and Mini Thirty, which assists in bringing these rifle/carbines into the 21st century by giving you a nice Mil-Std-1913 “Picatinny” rail system for mounting combat optics…ya’ know, so you can actually hit stuff with it, unlike Hannibal. Here’s what Samson Manufacturing has to say about it:
You asked for more Hannibal Rail optics options and we responded! The next generation Hannibal Rail includes hardware and mounting pins for the following optic footprints: Trijicon RMR®, Leupold DeltaPoint® Pro, Vortex VENOM®, and C-MORE.
Ruger® Mini-14® or Mini Thirty® owners can directly mount a micro red dot forward of the action, without the need for a Picatinny rail clamp adapter. The integrated Picatinny rail on the Hannibal Rail topside is perfect for mounting any accessory while providing a more tactical look. The included 2″ Picatinny rail and QD swivel mount can be attached to the side of the Hannibal Rail for additional accessory mounting options.”
Reads pretty good. AND, it currently has an MSRP of just $144.99 USD. Just make sure you choose the right variant. Samson makes the Hannibal Rail for both Pre and post 2008 versions of the Mini-14 and Mini-30.
The following information on the Hannibal Rail comes directly from the company’s website:
“Directly mount a micro red dot forward of the action without the need for a Picatinny rail clamp adapter. The integrated Picatinny rail on top of the Hannibal Rail is perfect for mounting any accessory your heart desires, and gives your rifle a more tactical look.
The included 2″ Picatinny rail and QD swivel mount can be attached to the side of the Hannibal Rail for even more accessory mounting options.
The Hannibal Rail accepts red dot optics compatible with the following footprints:
– Trijicon RMR®
– Leupold DeltaPoint® Pro
– Vortex VENOM®
NOTE: With the large number of micro red dots currently available on the market, along with any that may come out in the near future, it is impossible to guarantee that every single one will be compatible with the Hannibal Rail. Whether it’s minor changes in the optic footprint, or differences in the optic mounting screw thread pitch, our customer service will do everything they can to answer any compatibility questions you may be having.
– Hannibal rail
– Barrel clamp
– 2” Picatinny rail section
– QD swivel mount
– Blue thread locker
– 4X 10-32 x 3/8 low head screw (2X 2” picatinny rail section, 2X QD swivel mount)
– 4X 6-32 x 3/8 socket head screw (2X barrel clamp, 2X micro red dot optional)
– 2X MR1 pins (Trijicon RMR®, Leupold DeltaPoint® Pro)
– 2X MR2 pins (C-MORE, Vortex VENOM®)
– Compatible with our A-TM Folding Stock (see IMPORTANT information above for Mini-14® and Mini Thirty® compatability)
– Replaces factory plastic handguard
– Mounts directly to barrel, allowing the use of most aftermarket Mini-14® stocks
– Allows mounting of micro red dot
– Material: 6061-T6 Aluminum
– Finish: Type III, class 2 anodized finish
– Length: 9.9”
– Width: 1.5”
– Height: 0.7”
– Weight: 5.6 oz”
Company Contact Info:
Samson Manufacturing Corp.
32 Optical Ave
Keene, NH 03431 US
Email Contact Page: https://www.samson-mfg.com/contact-us.html
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