Thoughts have surfaced about obtaining a semi-auto chambered in .223. With all the hupla surrounding the so called Tactical rifles in the M-16 style there is another alternitave. The Ruger Mini-14 compares I think, in all aspects and in my mind BETTER than the M-16. I have shot the Mini-14 as a friend of mine has one. Both shoot both the Rem .223 and 5.56 NATO Both use the same magizines, 5, 10, 20, and 30 round capasity Cylic rate of fire is about the same Both are availiable in various configurations, standard stock, standard barrel, with or without rails for mounting various goodies. And both in a Target model with a better barrel. I am, and always have been partial to the M-14 over the M-16. My main concern in VietNam was caliber. However in like .223 the Mini-14 does have advantages. 1. Ease of CLEANING. 2. Realiability of function in a less than sterile enviroment 3. Better iron sights 4. A litte better price point Besides, as of a couple days ago there was still one at one of the local Mega-Wally Worlds that the Gun Grabbers have by passed.