After talking to Rourke about doing this post I put a lot of thought into what I believed would be an all-around, medium priced Survival weapon. This is based off the fact that If I was only allowed one weapon that would serve as a defense weapon as well as one that could be used for other things like hunting for food.
One of the main reasons that I chose the SKS is the fact that it is a very simple weapon. It is not only simple to operate but it is also very simple to maintain. The SKS has been around since WWII and has been used around the planet. It is basically the predecessor of the AK-47 and the weapon most used in the world. The reason these weapons are so widely used is the fact that for the most part they are indestructible and parts are widely found and easily modified from model to model.
The cleaning process is as simple as weapons get. The bolt is basically three parts. Anytime you can find a weapon with fewer moving parts means that it is less likely to break and simpler to tear down and clean. There are many different tactical stocks made for this weapon that are out on the market and they are very well priced. I would highly suggest that if you pick up one of these weapons that you get rid of the wooden stock as it is heavy and has no way of attaching a single point sling.
The SKS has proven it’s self as a very reliable weapon because most of the weapons that were manufactured in the 40’s are still around and are still very shoot-able. They stopped producing the SKS in the 60’s, but there are still companies that produce new ones specifically for export.
There are a lot of these weapons out on the American market so parts are very easy to find. I have seen a huge amount of aftermarket parts for these so that you can modify the weapon to fit your needs.
The fact that most of these weapons are still around primarily has to do with the fact that they were built with very good steel back in a period of time that they had good steel around. Some of the newer weapons out on the market are made of steel that I find a little plausible for long term use.
The biggest advantage for the SKS is that ammo is readily available at just about any gun shop, and you can find it all over on the internet. The SKS shoots 7.62×39 ammo. This ammo is generally cheaper than the other popular calibers out there. A lot of the 7.62×39 ammo out there is the non-corrosive type which helps with the longevity of the barrel of the weapon.
The SKS not only can serve as a close quarters battle weapon but can also shoot long range shots up to about 600 yards very accurately as well. If this weapon is outfitted with either a holographic site or a red-dot site it makes a formidable assault rifle. You can also mount a standard body scope for more accurate long shots. As a former Special Forces Weapons Specialist I look for simplicity in my weapons because they will serve me better in the long run.
Note from Rourke: Thanks Badvoodoodaddy!!!