What are your thoughts on this rifle for home and property protection with the budget I have to work with?
I've owned a few Mini's, and they're great rifles in their own respect. If home defense is your primary use then most of the common mods people perform for accuracy is probably not necessary, because out of the box the Mini will hold minute-of-bad-guy just fine. I will say that you'll want to make sure to invest in quality magazines for the Mini, because magazine sensitivity seems to be the one weak point of the platform. There are a ton of lousy aftermarket magazines out there, so you'll just want to make sure you do some research and invest what few dollars you spend into magazines that will be reliable, especially since this is to be a home defense rifle. Other than that though, I'd say shoot away and enjoy!