before i went out on my most recent trip to the range, i realized a had a good opportunity to review two firearms side-by-side. please realize this entire thread is based off my experiences and opinions, and please respect that they might vary from yours. what i realized about my mini 14 and my AR-15 is that they cost virtually the same amount of money off the shelf. my AR isn't a heavy varmit or competition barrel that costs $900-2000 as some do. i figured this was a great opportunity to see how they stack up against each other in a few categories considering they cost the same. here are the two guns i am comparing. my ruger mini 14 (580 ranch rifle, stainless steel model, 18.5" barrel, accu-strut, caliber 5.56/.223). cost $675 +strut+accessories my ar-15 (S&W M&P sport, rail & grip added, caliber 5.56/.223). cost $679+ accessories imo, great rifles to compare because they are right in the same price range. sitting at the range, ready to go. EDIT: PLEASE WAIT FOR REPLIES UNTIL I HAVE COMPLETED ALL POSTS, THANKS!