Just a heads up that a new review will be coming soon, as I made a new acquisition earlier today. Picked up a new-to-me Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle. Built and shipped out by Ruger in 2015. Seems as though it was very lightly used - the bore is still really bright and I spent this afternoon cleaning some of the factory grease. Came with a Bushnell 3x9 scope mounted on Ruger rings, 4 20-round Ruger mags and a hard rifle case. I plan to take it to the range and put it through it's paces on Monday. Will post a review shortly thereafter. Some of you may be scratching your heads about why I would purchase a Mini-14 when AR-15s are both less expensive and better performers. Fair enough. My reasoning: Low profile. The biggest advantage of the Mini-14 is that it's not a "scary looking" AR-15. The neighbors are less likely to see me as a potential madman ready to go nuts at the local school if I'm sporting a Mini-14... and thus less likely to registers their suspicions with local law enforcement. Fits in well with my "gray man" approach to preparedness. More likely to survive any future assault weapons ban. My basis of this thought is the Clinton Assault Weapons ban. Mini-14s (other than folders) were exempt from the ban. Also true in a few of the states with weapons bans today. While I live in a state that's currently pretty darn conservative, I see signs that things are moving to the left. Just trying to anticipate worst case. The Mini-14 has a lifetime guarantee from Ruger. No matter how old the rifle is or how many owners had it before you. Something breaks outside of normal wear, they fix it. I've seen Ruger replace gas blocks, barrels and other parts on 20 year old Mini-14s... at no cost. As an older guy, I'm a traditionalist. I like the classic feel of a wood stock. I've fired AR-15s and just didn't like the feel of them in my hands. No desire to own one. But I've been considering a Mini-14 for some time now. And this was just too good of a deal to pass up. So that's my thinking. I'll update this thread after Monday's range trip.