The mid gas system is easier on the bolt, extractor and carrier but, the carbine system has been around for a long time not to work. As long as the carbine is ported correctly it should run fine. If it ejects the case around 1-2 O'clock have the gas block port sleeved to around .062, that should slow the carrier speed down and move the ejection angle back to 3 O'clock or straight to the right.
If the 2 rifles were side by side and the same quality grab the mid -length.
Hi perf barrels and bolts
8 twist, 5R, Melonite, Wylde chamber