Just got into firearms...picked up a HK USP-c 9mm SS and a Ruger 10/22 in the same week. Definitely loving long gun shooting, but would like to try something in the .223 category. Eventually moving back to CA so not particularly interested in getting an AR, or clone. Thinking about the Mini-14, but there seem to be a few variations/options out there? The pics thread definitely got me liking their look...any opinions?