Looking at getting some sort of military/police/tactical sort of rifle, the sort Kalifornia declares to be illegal. I've pretty much decided on the Ruger Mini 14 Ranch for something in a small caliber. I'm also considering something in a larger more powerful round... the 7.62 NATO/308 Win being the obvious choice. BUT--- since I know little to nothing about this class of weapon, I'm open to reconsidering, given some authoritative input based on solid experience. I recently saw some material on the FN AR series, but I see the Saigas, Bushmasters, AR 14/5, AK 47 (the Chinese one I saw did NOT impress me with quality and workmanship... I definitely want a quality piece, one that will last and be serviceable. No cheap throwaways. If anyone was making a 20 or 30 round magazine for my Browning BAR, I'd be quite content with that... it doesn't have to LOOK like a full on military style assault weapon like the bad guys and soldiers have in the movies. Folding stocks, handles and gadgets, psychedelic stock, not necessary, I am after an action and barrel system that will be accurate, function reliably in a variety of situations, and have significant firepower in terms of rapid fire and hard hitting rounds. SO-- what do any of you recommend, and WHY... please, feature/benefit details. Cost might be a factor, other things being equal. I'd rather pay a thousand than two for a gun with essentially the same functionality. But, if it takes two to get a GOOD unit, oh well. I'll just have to sell some more stuff first. I've even thought of getting a WW II vintage M1 Garand... those are heavy, but from what I've heard, are solid, reliable, hard hitting, durable... and reasonably accurate. the venerable /30-06 round is one I already use, and is almost universally available. All benefits, as far as I am concerned. OK your turn..... also, any sources recommended for finding/buying such an animal would be appreciated. I'd prefer to NOT pay Washington State's sales taX, so an Oregon dealer (I can legally buy a long gun in Oregon....) or online source is fine.