Let me first preface by saying that I know about next to nothing about the Mini 14. I am posting this on behalf of a friend. He wants to mount a scope on his Mini 14. It is NOT a Ranch model. From my 15 minutes of research, it appears that he has two options. First, is to drill and tap the receiver for scope rings. The second is a side mounted scope mount that replaces a plate on the side of the receiver. Link to second option. The first option is pretty obvious. It is the second option that I'd like to get some feedback on. Is anybody using this method of mounting and is it a viable solution?