That was my post at Culver's. It is my opinion that most of the people there are jerks. I do not think I will post there in the future. If your gun is not a M1A, M1, or AR15 you are an idiot. If you don't support the war in Iraq, you are a traitor. I don't have time for that type of garbage. It is funny, I would bet most of those guys are out of shape old guys that could not run 3 miles without a coronary. The last time most of them did a push up was in the 1980s. Their guns will not save them. I run 5 miles per day, lift weights, have a black belt in Shotokan Karate, currently practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and realize my choice of gun does not mean squat.
The Mini-14 is not the perfect gun. With a short barrel, it is accurate enough for a civilian in any type of foreseable situation. It does not malfunction like the Bushmaster AR15 I USED to own. I would not hesitate to give it to my son or wife to protect themself in a SHTF situation. I will have my Garand.
I like the Mini-14. It is reliable and accurate enough with a short barrel. It is up to me to do the rest.