Great example of what an awesome "Ranch Rifle" the Mini IS... And I hate "those people" too. I have a older 195-series Wood/Blue Ranch-Rifle that is in this exact "Truck Gun" set-up and I don't think I'd be as happy with an AR in it's stead. There's something "right" about a Mini in a truck... wish I'd had a Mini-14 when I lived in Australia working on a Cattle Station. 70-series LC Ute, Border-collie, Stihl Saw strapped onto the bed and my Mini-14 Ranch on the rear rack. Perfection.I don't expect to be holding off zombies, but around the ranch/farm I have, the mini-30 is a great truck gun with its muzzle on the floorboard and bouncing around. Its a tool to me and not a fetish so I don't worry about scratches or a little rust. Whether popping coyote, the occasional dog some ahole has dropped off on the road (I hate those people), or just shooting for fun, it takes rough handling and eats the cheapest ammo going.