Ruger Mini-14 is one of the most popular rifles out there, not to mention the 10/22, although that is only .22 cal rimfire.
Don’t say “only” a .22 caliber rimfire. I saw a documentary on TV once about a woman who bought a semi-auto .22 rimfire and went on a shooting spree and killed several people and wounded several others. The weapon shown in the reenactment was a Ruger 10-22 but they never called the name. That little cartridge has killed enough people to fill up a humongous graveyard. Right off the top of my head I can name two young people I knew as a youth who were killed by the same angry woman with a .22 revolver. One was the girl who had been running around with her husband and the boy just happened to be with her when the angry wife found her. The girl died at the scene but the boy spent several years in agony before he finally died from the wounds he carried.
That boy’s story carries a lesson, he said that he got the little gun away from the woman after she shot the girl and put it in his hip pocket. The woman then started acting calm and rational and he relaxed his guard for an instant whereupon she grabbed the gun from his pocket and started shooting him. It was a nine shot model and I think he took the last five rounds at point blank range. If she had had better quality ammo he probably would have died on the spot.
Just to be sure the job was finished the woman ran her car over the girl’s body.