Having a bit of an internal conflict that I need resolved before I feel I can peacefully move on with my life. I was hoping I can get some emotional support from my fellow forum members who have had to fight the same battle. I can't decide on getting a mini-14 or a basic M&P15 (not the Sport. Coyotes can't be killed unless you have a dust cover and forward assist. It's a fact) Mini is about $250 bucks cheaper. Talking about the one with the newer hammer forged tapered barrel, not the limp noodle thinner barrel that shot 7 feet groups at 4 yards after 2 shots...according to AR fan boys. Has the classic wood and metal feel of a real rifle that I really like. It was good enough for survivalist, the A-Team and pot growers in the 80's, it should be good enough to kill that bastard that chased the Roadrunner around every Saturday morning. Pretty sure it's capable of taking coyotes out to 150 yards. AR15 is the weapon of choice of most state militias. You can buy replacement parts from every firearms catalog and ToysRUs. However it will jam up if you sneeze and a booger lands on the NC Star red/green/pink/yellow/lavender dot scope that is a requirement for every new AR15 owner, possible leading to being unable to fight off a full scale invasion by the Chinese if you suffer a FTF while out coyote hunting. I'm sure it's possible to hit coyotes out to 150 yards. But would a 16 inch barrel be sufficient enough to complete the task as opposed to using a 20 inch barrel? Trying to keep it simple. Really not trying to troll here. I know the classic AR vs the Mini question has caused contempt and disdain for your fellow man not seen since the Romney/Obama cage fight of 2012. Anyone here have any thoughts on the subject?