After the first of the year I've made the decision to invest in several semi auto rifles because the upcoming election isn't looking very good from either camp. Most definitely at least 2 more AR-15's. Most likely Bushmasters, and possibly a Ruger Stainless Synthetic Mini 14. Any of you who know me know I am very critical of the Mini's accuracy, or lack there of. That said the rifle cannot be faulted for it's functionability. I also like its looks. The other downside is aftermarket Hi-Cap magazines usually don't function very well, which leaves paying high prices for Ruger factory 20 rounders, (the cheapest I've seen them new is $50.00 each at www.44mag.com.) I know if I pass on the Ruger and it goes out of production, or worse gets banned, I'll be kicking myself. I'd like to hear from you Mini 14 owners who can give some honest feedback. The price on these things is getting higher all the time, and they no longer are that much cheaper of an alternative to the AR-15's out there. If I do get one it will for sure be a .223 not a 7.62X39MM. Bill T.