There are advantages and disadvantages to both platforms. That being said, I'd probably go with the AR15. If you go with a Mini, you're going to be stuck with one caliber (unless you get a .22 conversion kit). If you go with an AR15, you can convert it by changing out the hammer and installing a different upper (9mm, .40 SW, etc). Also, AR15 magazines are a hell of a lot cheaper than factory Ruger magazines.
I'd say whichever fits her better. But remember, the AR-15 with it's buffer, has very low recoil. Wherease the Mini-14 with it's heavy bolt carrier slamming into the receiver, can be a shoulder pounder for such a small cartridge.
Personally, I'd take the Mini over an AR any day, if you get one of the more accurate ones. But good magazines are going to be hard to find and expensive.[/QUOTE]
I've had very good experience with the ProMag steel 20 rounders and they run less than $15.00
I have both. I think that the Mini-14 is a better gateway gun for new rifle shooters. It's much cheaper than an AR, which means you could get several for the family.
No it doesn't!And I know I'll get flamed for this, but the AR does take more skill and experience to handle malfunctions and breakdown/clean properly.