I agree completely. Just because a mini comes in a certain stock doesn't mean it has to remain that way.Let me start by saying that I know that I'm about to incite a flame war, but I'm not trying to. I'm not trying to ruffle feathers, I'm looking for honest answers. Here we go:
Why is it that when someone asks about pistol grip stocks, quad rails, or other such "tacticool" items, someone always comes swooping in with the classic "stop trying to make the mini 14 into an AR 15", or some variation of that? I know that different people have different tastes, but when someone is looking for information on a product, they're not looking for an opinion about what their rifle was "intended for".
Same thing goes for those who like to slap on wooden furniture on an AR. More power to them.
I think it's because most mini 14 owners are looking for a rifle that they can stash away in a gun case and keep for the darkest of days, or something of that nature. However they see all their colleagues with ARs who can damn near stick whatever they want on it and probably feel a little jealous. But I think it's mainly the purists who just plain dislike the new age of gun accessories.On the flip side, it's very unusual (in my experience) to see the same attitude on other forums. Mechanical limitations are one thing, but but as far as what the rifle can do, I think it rests more on the end user. When a mini owner asks about a pistol grip stock they get the above quoted line about what is and isn't. But when an AR owner asks about a new piston system, people usually (again, just from what I've seen) give them information about the piston system. It might be what they've read, what they've heard, a link they'll share or their personal take on it, but they don't say "stop trying to make the AR 15 into a mini 14".
Guns are a lot like cars in that regard, and it's rather funny because a similar attitude exists between those who say keep it stock and those who accessorize the hell out of it.
It all comes down to personal opinion like you said; But why people think they can turn it into fact and change someone else's mind? Is a mystery to me.