I'm not a mall ninja or a zombie goofball, but I do believe in the possibility of having to protect myself and family from massive civil unrest. Being a financial (capital markets) professional, I know how close we have come to a massive financial system collapse. Now that you know where I'm coming from, I'd like some opinions on the best platform. Please no debates on the likelihood of such events. I already have an M-4, which my wife can handle. I'd like a .308 for me. I'm a decent rifleman and no stranger to bolt-actions. Here are my pros and cons for both rifles: AR in .308 (Armalite or LaRue) Pro -20 round capacity -speed of semi-auto Cons -cost -less reliable (more complicated design) than bolt-action in extreme circumstances. If it breaks and there is no gunsmith around, I'm screwed. I'm not handy at all! -heavier. Ruger Gunsite Scout Pros -hearty bolt-action design is very durable. -10 round magazine differentiates it from other bolt-actions. -lightweight -iron sights on a bolt action. Cons- -slower action and less capacity, but slower action probably means more accurate follow up shots. -lack of supply of magazines, but this will change soon. What say you?