I'm a Mini guy. I've had three Mini 14's. However, recently I started liking the idea of the heavier round in the Mini 30 particularly if SHTF. I got lucky a few weeks back and found a stainless/wood 189 Series Mini 30 for an outstanding price, so I bought it. I took it out to the range yesterday and fell in love with it. There's no recoil to speak of and it's as accurate as I am offhand. I benched it for a few rounds, but pretty much shot it offhand from a standing position. I fired it even though it got really hot because I wanted to see how it performed hot. It barely threw a few rounds and stayed quite accurate. It will do and I'm very happy with it. I got it home and cleaned and lubed it and then I replaced the handguard with a Choate model that I had. I prefer it over the factory guard because it's better ventilated. The only mods I'm thinking of at this time are to add a techSIGHT rear sight and possibly a flash suppressor. The factory flip up rear sight just seems like it wouldn't stand up to much abuse. I'm also thinking about possibly installing a John Masen combination front sight/muzzle brake. I'm not sure about that, but I prefer the winged front sight over the single blade. At any rate, it will all have to wait until we've moved and our cash situation is back on the level. Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.