I see often here that the mini-14 is not considered or used as a battle weapon. I question that assumption since any weapon can be used as a "battle" weapon. Maybe someone could enlighten me on why a Mini-14 is not considered a "battle weapon" as opposed to an AR or a M14 type. I understand the difference between a carbine, which I believe the Mini_14 is considered, and a MBR. Aren't carbines a battle weapon i.e. M1 carbine, carbine style AR, M4? The Mini_14 in my opinion could be use just as effectively.