Samson Manufacturing of Keene, New Hampshire has been making AR and AK accessories for a long time. Now it appears they’re getting into Ruger Mini-14 accessories. Specifically, a modern production version of the GB Folding Stock.
They’re showing off a modern take of the ever-classic Ruger Mini-14 GB Side Folding Stock of A-Team fame (Click Here for more Mini-14 facts) on their Facebook page.
As a Mini-14 owner. I can say that it’s about damn time someone stepped up to the plate. I own a factory Ruger stock for my stainless GB Rifle and they are not cheap these days.
The stocks alone easily go for about $800 a pop. Falcon Arms and Ramline made a similar stock in the past, but they aren’t easy to find or inexpensive, averaging about $300 these days.
Everyone I know who owns a Mini-14 wants a GB folder. The prospect of a new production Ruger GB pattern side folding stock for current production Mini-14s is awesome, especially since that means there would be industry support. Let’s compare Samson’s stock to my factory folder.
From the images, the Samson stock appears to be based off the Ramline aftermarket stock since it uses a standard AR-15 A2 grip. Also I think this is a prototype since it appears the folding mechanism is simply grafted to a standard 581 series wooden stock. The A2 grip is a little too far back and you still see the narrowing of where the shooter would grab the stock with his/her firing hand.
The buttstock itself appears to be a pretty close to the OEM one all in all. I think they may have a winner on their hands with a little bit of fine tuning with increased demand for everything ’80s and nostalgia kicking in heavily in the firearms market.
Watch this space for more information about pricing and release date.