Samson Manufacturing Next Gen Hannibal Rail

The next generation Hannibal Rail from Samson Manufacturing is optics ready and includes hardware and mounting pins for a variety of optic footprints.

Next generation Hannibal Rail
The next generation of Hannibal Rail for the Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-Thirty from Samson Manufacturing has been released, and it is optics ready. The rail is available in both black or natural gray for both weapons.

Hannibal Rail Specs

  • Material: 6061-T6 Aluminum
  • Finish: Type III, class 2 anodized finish
  • Length: 9.9”
  • Width: 1.5”
  • Height: 0.7”
  • Weight: 5.6 oz.

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 in. Picatinny rail and QD swivel mount can be attached to the side of the Hannibal Rail for additional accessory mounting options.

Hannibal Rail from side
The Hannibal Rail allows for direct mounting capabilities to the rail for a micro-red dot forward of the action, without the need of a Picatinny rail clamp adapter. That’s a Good Thing – especially when you have 42 rounds at the ready

Samson stated that as of April 1, 2022, the Hannibal Rail is offered in two iterations. One fits 2008 and later Mini-14/Mini Thirty, the other fits 2007 and earlier Mini-14. Both iterations are available in a choice of matte black or natural gray finishes. Refer to the Ruger serial number lookup on their website if you are unsure what year your rifle was manufactured. It is very important that the correct combination of Hannibal Rail and barrel type is used.

To help select the correct model:

  • Choose 2008 and Later Model if your Mini-14 or Mini Thirty rifle has a factory flange barrel and a series number beginning with 580 and higher.
  • Choose 2007 and Earlier Model if your Mini-14 rifle has a factory straight pencil barrel and a series number beginning with 180 and higher, but not including 580 and higher. (Not compatible with the Mini-Thirty)
Samson Mfg Hannibal Rail on angle
Included in the box is a myriad of items including a 2” Picatinny rail and QD swivel mount that can be attached to the side of the Hannibal Rail for even more accessory options.

Samson also notes that there are a very large number of micro red dot optics currently available on the market, and more may be released in the near future. It is therefore impossible to guarantee that every single optic will be compatible with the new model Hannibal Rails. They have a qualified customer service team to help answer questions regarding specific optics and their rail options.

Another suggestion (this one from GunMag Warehouse) would be to put a 45-degree offset mount on there so you have a place for an inexpensive weapon light (like the ones below;  👉 the image). 

TriGlo Offset MountStreamlight with remote switch


Included in the Box

  • Hannibal rail
  • Barrel clamp
  • 2” Picatinny rail section
  • QD swivel mount
  • Blue thread locker
  • Screws:
    • 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)
  • Hex Wrenches:
    • 9/64”
    • 7/64”
    • 3/32”
    • 1/16”

The Hannibal rail, in any color or model option, has an MSRP of $144.99.

Hannibal Rails from Samson Mfg
The next generation of Hannibal Rail replaces the factory plastic handguard and mounts directly to the barrel, allowing the use of most aftermarket Mini-14 stocks.
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