The Mini-14 operated without a single glitch, and had a loose-fitting plastic 30-rd. Promag.
In contrast, a buddy's WASR AK had a misfeed after about 80 rounds (Not bumpfire).
Only sold the Mini 14 to pay for the LE #5 "Jungle Carbine", as I enjoy and prefer the slightly firmer recoil of 7.62 ammo versus 5.56 (.223).
1) Costs a bit less than a Mini, and is very dependable.
2) Has reportedly been the best value for a .30 caliber military semi-auto rifle. And you never need to remember to locate/insert a magazine, which is often stored separately for other rifles. In a post-disaster situation, it will be there.
Even a friend who is a very careful, methodical planner (from Essen, Germany) once forget his AR mag when leaving home.
Mini-30, Norinco SKS, MN 44, Lee-Enfield #4, #5, Savage .22.
Last edited by Laufer; 08-13-2009 at 06:12 AM.