There is a chance that the Democrats will take all three houses of the federal government in the 2008 elections. If that happens I could easily imagine a reinstatement of some sort of Assault/Scary Weapons Ban. The current hideous piece of legislation, HR 1022, would try to save the civilized world from the horrors of the AK, AKM, AKS, AK-47, AK-74, ARM, MAK90, Misr, NHM 90, NHM 91, SA 85, SA 93, VEPR, AR-10, AR-15, Bushmaster XM15, Armalite M15, Olympic Arms PCR, AR70, Calico Liberty, Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle or Dragunov SVU, Fabrique National FN/FAL, FN/LAR, or FNC, Hi-Point Carbine, HK-91, HK-93, HK-94, HK-PSG-1, Kel-Tec Sub Rifle, M1 Carbine, Saiga, SAR-8, SAR-4800, SKS, SLG 95, SLR 95 or 96, Steyr AUG, Ruger Mini-14, Tavor, Thompson 1927, Thompson M1, Thompson 1927 Commando, Uzi, Galil, Uzi Sporter, Galil Sporter, and Galil Sniper Rifle. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h110-1022 So, just in case, I intend on being ready to purchase one of the above listed horrors 468 days from today - the day after the election. I know absolutely nothing about long arms. My son, the Marine, is wanting an AR-10/AR-15, knowing he will have to shell out 1000-1200 clams for it, something that would be eclipsed only by the cost of the divorce settlement should I try to do the same - I work for Delta, and am still "happily" earning 40% less than I did 5 years ago, so the budget is very important. While I like the "coolness" factor of the AK clones I keep reading of their less-than-wonderful accuracy, even though the round it fires is plenty serious enough. The Thompson also has wonderful "coolness" but I want something more than an oversized 1911 for $1000. I would drool over a new Israeli Tavor, but I stand a better chance of making a baby with Jessica Alba. Absolutely no Kel-Tec Sub Rifle or Hi-Point Carbine. The Mini-14 has always been a personal favorite, but I wanted more oomph coming out of the barrel than .223. There is an older Mini 30 at my local store, in great condition, for $525 that looks promising. OK, enough blabbering. I would like a genuine, serious, rifle, one that the government says I should not own because it's so scary, one that could perform its function well if ever called upon to do so. I would appreciate any and all opinions.