I'm working through my Get Home solution and assessing firearms. I currently carry an AR-15 wherever I go, but also have a Mini-15 Ranch Rifle I can use. I've been pondering the pro's and cons of each and would like to get some input. Both rifles are reliable and dependable. Weight is about the same. I feel like I can trust my life to either. The AR-15 is more accurate and can handle a lot more shooting before it gets too hot to hold. It has a prismatic sight which is my preference. It's been Cerakoted a combination of light green and FDE so can blend in more easily into the environment. It could also be separated into two pieces and stored in my GHB and I could use a pistol as a stop-gap until the rifle was necessary. The only negative is that is has that dreaded military look. Rifle below: The Mini-14 looks like a regular rifle, especially is I have the standard 5 round mag loaded (with 20 round mags ready but concealed). Back up sights are a weak point (it's the original 580 series Ranch Rifle from the 1980's) - a relatively flimsy blade up front and a minimal peep sight in the rear. It has a 2x7 scope, which should be OK for most circumstances. Rings are pretty fixed so I can't mount just anything, but there are picatinny rails that will attach even though it would be higher than I would like. It has the older pencil style barrel and accuracy is 2-3 MOA. I figure it's probably a 3 mag rifle before it gets too hot to hold. Not mine, but similar: The AR is technically the better rifle, but the Mini-14 is less likely to draw unwanted attention. That's basically my dilemma - which one outweighs the other. My most common scenario involves a 30 mile journey that includes a crossing of the Columbia river in the Portland area. If both bridges are out and I can't get ferried across then it's a multi-day/multi-week trip up the Columbia to Cascade Locks. If things are nasty I plan on traveling mostly at night, nice and slow, then holing up during the day. Environment is mostly heavily treed urban. So, Monkies, what say you? AR or Mini, or am I swinging in the wrong tree entirely?