I was recently in Arizona, where you can buy anything gun related. I visited J&G sales in Prescott to pick up some things. I asked them if they sold very many Mini -14's there and the dealer said not really, as they were now as expensive as everything else, but without all the bells and whistles. That may be true in AZ, but not so in CA, where I live. Or so I thought. Today I walked into a local gunstore chain and saw they were selling brand new flat top Del-Ton AR15's for $699.00. The new Mini-14's next to it were selling for $750.00. The Del-Ton's had heavy barrels, collapsible stocks and handguards that allow for mounting accessories. And they came in different colors. CA shooters are required to have a "bullet button" installed on "assault weapons" to make them legal in CA, which adds to the cost and these were already installed and factored into the cost. So after all that, the AR15 is now cheaper than the no-frills Mini-14. Don't get me wrong, I love my Mini's but I think Ruger is gonna loose their market if they don't bring their prices down or make some major upgrades to the rifle for the same price. Just an observation.