I dunno, I kinda read it in a condenscending way. Like "Oh, it's just ok, good enough for the poor people" and while that may be true I think he still sold the rifle a little short.
Consideirng he seems like an "elite" gun snob, what, you all cant afford 3,000$ rifles?, I suppose it was a good introduction to the gun over all.
I recomend them very often to "poor" friends, young guys just starting out or getting into guns pretty regularly as well, so on that front it was a good introduction article.
I would take one over a Ruger Mini 14 though, even the newer "better' ones.