Went to the range yesterday (for the first time in months.....sucks being poor) I took my 9mm with me, and decided to rent the range mini-14. One word.....AWESOME! I've never fired any rifle other than a .22, so I wasn't sure what to expect for recoil. But after the first round, I discovered that .223 is a *****cat to shoot (especially compared to my Mossy 590 with 3" slugs) It was an older model, with a wood stock and metal folder. Wasn't overly fond of the sites (the peep hole was incredibly small, and the lighting isn't too bright in the range). But, I'm definitely going to buy one now (i've been in the market for one, just watching for prices to drop to a reasonable level). The Garand-style action is extremely intuitive, and since I shoot lefty, it was very easy to keep my strong hand on the goods and ready to go. (i'm right handed, but left eye dominant. So long guns are lefty, and handguns are righty) I do have one question. Was shooting PMC .223 (50 gr) and the smoke smell was very strong of ammonia (not the normal sulfur like smell) Is this typical for .223 ammo, or for PMC brand?