Fanboy or not, it's pretty hard to ignore the fact that basically every other autoloading 5.56, .300 blk, 6.8 SPC or 7.62x39mm rifle on the market today does everything a mini can do, does at least one thing better, and often come in cheaper. In the case of the AR, it does everything better, and at a much lower price point. I can't imagine any reasonable person choosing the mini over an AR unless the state they live in precludes the AR from consideration. Even Ruger saw the writing on the wall, which is why we have the SR and AR series from them. I honestly don't even know why they bother with the mini anymore. I guess because they already have the tooling? Because they want to pay homage to their history? Because they don't want to lay people on that assembly line off? Who knows.