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virtual_dave, There may have been some different front sights but my Mini has a cross pin holding the sight assembly in position. To remove, just use a hammer and punch to tap the roll pin out. You can then pull the complete unit off the barrel.
 

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virtual_dave, Unless you have a totally different front sight than I do, you don't want to remove the sight at all. The flash hider (Ram Line calls it a muzzle brake) has a slot that aligns with the front sight and should just slide in place. Your existing roll pin should be replaced with the longer one provided in the package. I've installed a few of these but honestly ... they are more for looks and not for function. Don't be offended but whenever you see Ramline ... it pretty much means bottom of the barrel equipment.

Brownell's sells several flash suppressors and true muzzle brakes for Mini-14s. Masen makes a decent flash suppressor; see: http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/productdetail.aspx?p=8730&st=555-000-001&s=21091

The Choate flash suppressor has the sight blade with the side wings too. I highly recommend this unit. See: http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/productdetail.aspx?p=22221&st=159-070-712&s=10060

If you want a true muzzle brake, look at http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/productdetail.aspx?p=25221&st=555-000-006&s=21096 It is much longer and has the front sight built in as well. I have never used this unit so I hesitate recommending it.
 

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i'll check out the links. Thanks for the heads up on the ram-line. i had no idea about them being a "cheapy" but good to find out- even after i bought it LOL.

i thought it might just slip over the site....but man it's way smaller diameter. I am in CAL... "flash suppressors" are illegal. I presume "flash hiders" are too. But muzzle brakes are fine :D go figure.
 

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Make sure they sent you the correct part. I bought one from them that had a slot that fits the factory front sight blade.
 

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that would work. keeping the original front site. But the diameter of the brake is really tight. not sure the metal will spread to go over the stock site. if it will or if there is a trick to get it on, it wold be fine. otherwise i'll have to get the other kind with the built in site.

sure seems like the Ram brand is supposed to just slip over the front end. SEEMS LIKE IT! LOL

Make sure they sent you the correct part. I bought one from them that had a slot that fits the factory front sight blade.
 

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