I have an AR and two Mini 14s, which tells you how I feel about Mini 14s! All good guns and all good enough to trust your life to. The Mini is a reliable and accurate rifle, if perhaps a hair less accurate than the AR (although I am not sure about that since I typically shoot 25 yards.) One thing about Minis is that they are the Timex watches of rifles -- take a lickin' and keep on tickin'.
The difference between a citizen and a civilian is that the citizen makes the safety of the body politic his personal responsibility. The civilian does not.