I just got done reading an article by the one and only Chuck Hawks. He compared the Mini 14 against the AR15. It was obvious to this reader that he might have been better off saving his breath. It was obvious from the get go that he and his staff do not like either of these rifles. If they were wanting to compare the rifles then that's what they should have done as opposed to making half of the rag about the different tacticool stuff they screwed around with that had nothing to do with the rifles.
They blasted the 16 inch barrels on both rifles and basically stated that short barrels on any gun shooting the 223 ruined the cartridge. He had nothing in mind from the get go other than to pick apart both guns. He said they were barely suitable for home defence guns and nothing else.
All I have to offer Chuck Hawks is this. I know a 2 county area smack dab in the middle of the country where those exact guns that he trashed have in the hands of folk who have them mastered taken over a thousand coyotes in the last decade. Yup Chuck advised that if you want a slick handling carbine then you should get a fine lever action.
This time Chuck got it wrong by a country mile. He might find the Mini 14 clumbsy and unhandy but there certainly have been a lot of them sold to folks who have found them to be very user friendly.
I liken his article to one I read while waiting in the Drs. Office where a Chinese fella talked about his experience while eating out in America and how he missed his chop sticks. He could have instead berated forks and spoons but one look around told him that just because he wasn't comfortable using them they were still getting it done for a whole bunch of other folk.😯