Some people do not consider the mini-14 to be a battle weapon. However, I would think that any weapon can be used as a "battle" weapon. Maybe someone could explain why a Mini-14 is not considered a "battle weapon" as opposed to an AR or a M14 type. I do know the difference between a carbine, which I believe the Mini-14 is, and a MBR. Aren't all carbines such as the M1 Carbine, the AR/M4, the SKS and the AK47 considered to be battle weapons? In my opinion the Mini-14 can be just as effective. And, since the Mini has an action which is based on the Garand, it should be very reliable.
There are quite a few countries that have Mini-14s as either police or military issued weapon. There are many agencies in the USA that issue Mini14s as service rifles. Prisons, SWAT teams, police departments in many parts of the world to name a few. I know of a local city police department in this area that uses them.
Inasmuch as the Mini shoots the same round as an AR the result should be about the same. I suppose that the ARís accuracy is a bit better than the Miniís, but they are close to the same as far as combat accuracy is concerned. The AR has better choice of after market mags, but Ruger factory mags are now available and work very well. I would have no problem using my Mini for tactical action. What do you think?