I can't believe there is even a question......Run and get the Pre 64 Winchester. The gun is a legend. You can buy a Ruger any time and are extremely common. To me, Ruger will always be a handgun company and Winchester is a rifle and shotgun company.
"I'm a good guy with a gun" What do I care if I give up some freedom or rights?....The Goverment will take care of me. This kind of thinking is now in the majority and it should concern you.
"Ask not what you can do for your country, but what free entitlements you can bleed from your country"