if ruger could make a "straight" barrel they wouldn't need all that snake BS oil to get one to shoot straight.
prices are coming back "normalish" for the ar-15.
with the ar-15 you can have the cake and eat it too as far as accuracy and light and handy goes.
a barrel swap is as straight forward as turning a nut, bolts, carriers, firing pins, buffers and so on just drop in.
cheap good mags still abound.
now i like the design of the mini, it could have been the US "AK" had they not cut corners everywhere. i could probably make a mini do everything an ar can do but it would be a lot more PITA and work. and the parts selection or lack there of is another problem.
do one barrel change on a mini and then do one on an ar-15 and call me in the morning--LOL!