I just purchased these 2. Both are Ruger Mini 14 Tactical Models. One in Stainless Steel, one in blued. Both run like scalded dogs. Ruger has improved these guns in both the dependability and accuracy department. The barrels are thicker, and the method they use where they attach the barrel to the gas block has also been improved so as not to tweak the barrel. This helps prevent shots from "walking" all over the target when the barrel heats up.
Another thing is with the demise of Bill Ruger, the company is shipping the gun with 20 and 30 round factory Ruger magazines instead of forcing customers to buy crappy aftermarket magazines that never ran right. The Mini 14 is one of the best all around "fun guns" out there.