I recently bought a Ruger Mini-14. I bought it new in stainless steel with a black synthetic stock. I also purchased from Ruger one of their new stocks with a picatinny rail on the top for a scope and a rail underneath for a light system. This photo is of the black stock I'm referring to.
I want to put a scope on it but I'm not familiar with optical sights or their mounting systems. I understand that "weaver" scope rings/mounts are the best. I see scopes that are about 12' long and short scopes about 5" or 6" long. Red dot or mil-rectangle?
I also want to put a Surefire light system on it.
My question is: What type of scope, mounts, and lighting system would be ideal for a Mini-14? I'm more concerned with high quality equipment than I am with price.