I'm with you as far as saying the M1 was probably the best for it's time. There are definitely better weapon designs today. But........The M1 is inherently as dependable as the class of Kalashnikov weapons. I own one but wouldn't trade it for anything and I mean that. Just something about it that gives you the feeling of security, Knowing you can reach out and touch someone is a great feeling. As far as modern day weapons the choice is so large as to pick just one. But I would probably go with an AK type.