I've been considering getting a semi-automatic carbine. I've been looking at the Ruger Mini-30 that shoots the 7.62x39mm SKS round. I want one that has good knockdown power at about 100 yards and this particular firearm fits the bill. I want it to also to have open sights which is standard on the model. Now the big issue is that I am left-handed and I have had a devil of a time trying to find left-handed semi-auto rifles. Does anyone have any experience with this particular rifle that it won't really bother me during operation if I choose to get it? For the record, I own a Ruger M77 Mark II in .30-06 with a variable power Tasco scope. No frills hunting rifle that I really need to clean copper fouling out of the bore of. Need to re-zero also. A Savage FLVSS .22-250 with a fluted heavy barrel and a Sightron varmint scope up to 24x. Shoots like a dream now. My preferred rifle at the range. And a Winchester 1300 pump shotgun. I may get a rifled slug barrel for it. No frills workhorse shotgun. Then of course, the Ruger carbine will fill that automatic niche void.