...What grinds my gears is the majority of the arguments against the Mini 14 aren't even valid, or are just wrong.
#1 The mini 14 is almost the same price as an AR15, and the mags are more expensive.
-Out of the box this isn't even close. (except for the mags, which are a little pricey but are well made) a piston AR is in the $1400 range, and that is the closest AR that I would compare to the mini as far as I'm concerned.
I always hear that argument about magazine cost whenever the subject of Mini's and AR's comes up, or even Mini's and AK's for that matter.
My answer to that is: "Just how many do you think you need?"
Or put another way: THEY ARE REUSABLE!
When they run empty, you fill them up again, over and over!
And If cared for, they should last the life of the rifle itself, or at least as long as the recoil and hammer springs do.
And if the springs do wear out, you replace them, just like you would replace the magazine spring in a clip fed, fixed magazine rifle.
A non-issue as far as I'm concerned.