Last summer I bought a Mini-14 from a guy I know. I only shot it a few times but always hated the muzzle break that was on it. I took it off and then it seemed like it was missing something, I started to look around and could not find one I liked that fit my 196 series. I work in a machine shop so I figured why not just make one. When I was in college few years ago I started to make a steel hammer handle that I never finished and thought that would make a good muzzle break. I chucked it up in the lathe and bored the hole out, drilled a cross pin hole, then drill the gas port holes in a manual mill. I ended up getting the hole pattern wrong but oh well it looks like it could have been on purpose it matches.