I have a mini and "couple" of aks. I must say I just really enjoy shooting the mini. If I'm assembling a group of rifles to take to the range, more often than not, the mini is in there. I do love AKs and there will generally be at least one of them going too.
Maybe it's just because they get rotated and I have only 1 mini, it seems that I just end up shooting it a lot.
As far as a go time gun, depending on the situation, I would probably grab either an AR or a FAL.