As the title says, I'm new to ruger an I'm from lake Charles, la. I was in the military for a few years. Did a deployment, and fell in love with my m4. After returning home, I've always wanted another, but couldn't come to paying the price for one. Hence where I'm at now. I ended up buying a mini 14 for a really cheap price. Less than 100 cheap. It's a 181 series. The guy had painted the gun with a spray on bed liner and jacked it up pretty bad. So I'm sanding it down and refinishing it a cherry stain. Here's the progress I got so far... Here, u can see where he butchered the liner and what I'm having to sand through... Well... That's about it. I plan on starting a build thread soon, an use it to record what mods and changes I make to it.