Finally... Finally bought a Mini-14 I've had the Ruger Mini-14 on my "to buy" list forever (well, since the mid-1970s) but something else always came up to derail me. Last time I was real serious about getting a Mini-14 I got an AR instead. But it's remained something I wanted - mainly in lieu of an M1 Garand, M1 Carbine and M14/M1A. I love those rifles but for me the smaller Mini-14 and the .223/5.56 caliber make a lot of sense. In fact the Mini-14 is about the size of the M1 Carbine but is chambered in a true rifle caliber not something more fitting of a pistol. The Garand and M1A would be great but honestly I don't need a full size 10-pound battle rifle. I was issued the M14 most of my 3 years in the Army but liked the smaller M16 I had in Vietnam much better. So the Mini-14 is a better fit for me, one I'll actually take out, carry and shoot. I did think about the Mini-30 but already have an AK and SKS. I just wanted the Mini-14 instead. Anyway ... today at Walmart I found a nice 582 series Ranch Rifle with wood/blue and two 5-round magazines for $699 and couldn't pass it up! I have followed prices lately and that isn't a bad price except I wish it came with two 20-round mags instead, kinda surprising since Idaho doesn't have capacity limits on magazines. Oh well, I do like the flush fit of the 5-rounders so now have to check out CDNN and CTR for Ruger 20-round mags. Lately the Minis I've seen locally seemed to be the tactical versions but I have the AR already so wanted to keep the Mini-14 more sporting looking. I got to choose between two they had in stock so picked the one with nicer wood. So, new member of the club! And yeah, I know I've gotta get a picture up soon!