MisterMcCool;1649060]I never saw the purpose in the mini 14. What need does it fill that an AR doesn't?
i think just the fact that it ISN"T an AR answers your question at least a little bit.
a mustang may be a fine sports car. but because it is a fine sports car, does it eliminate the need for every other sports car....i mean a mustang works good and looks nice....
for some people, an AR ain't the cat's meow. they may recognize it is a good gun, with many fine qualities, yet not entirely embrace it.
i mostly disliked the aesthetics of the AR. they all looked the same, and i didn't like the look (past tense). so i was looking for another auto loader in 5.56 nato....what was there? the mini 14. and honestly there still isn't much else.
As a matter of full disclosure, I have owned more than one AR and never even held a mini.
you might be surprised. do you like the 10/22 at all?
do you have any interest in combat carbines from the past?