Just for the sake of argument... Imagine the worst happens and all military-style semi auto-rifles are banned (heaven forbid) and Big Brother goes door to door and takes them all away. Let's assume that the Ruger Mini-14/30 and all surplus semi-auto rifles are included as well. Let's even go a step further and say the CMP is shut down and all ex-military rifles are banned, too, even bolt actions. Let's shy away from current common military calibers, especially .223/5.56, .308/7.62 and 7.62x39, as they are likely banned, too (ask the Aussies). In fact, this is not far from the reality facing some folks around the world in, say, the Australia and parts of Europe, not to mention some localities in the USA. So, if you had to defend home and country with an available new civilian long arm, any action, what would it be? Lets recognize that folks live in very different areas, so we'll have three categories and I'll start: URBAN (meaning densely populated cities) - Any Marlin 1894 in .357/.38 or a Mossberg 500 12 ga shotgun SUBURBAN (mix of populated areas and some open land) - Any Marlin 336 in .30-30 Winchester RURAL (mostly open land) - Savage or other solid, common bolt-action rifle in .243 Winchester In all cases, I'd take a medium frame double-action revolver, S&W or Ruger, as a sidearm but that's a debate for another thread. So, let's hear those nomination!