SKS for your primary SHTF weapon? - Survivalist Forum
Survivalist Forum

Advertise Here

Go Back   Survivalist Forum > >
Articles Classifieds Donations Gallery Groups Links Store Survival Files


Military Weapons Forum AR15, AK47, SKS, H&K, Galil, CETME, FN/FAL, Tanks, Ships, Jets, Helicopters....

Advertise Here
Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How much did you spend on your primary defensive weapon CaptainKen Firearms General Discussion 136 01-18-2015 11:33 PM
Primary weapon for survival situations markfull Pistol and Revolver Forum 44 10-14-2013 01:35 AM
Shtf Primary Mr.Naders Firearms General Discussion 35 03-23-2013 10:49 AM
Best shtf weapon? act5860 Military Weapons Forum 36 02-14-2013 10:50 PM
looking for a SHTF weapon. bsaddor Firearms General Discussion 65 11-05-2012 09:36 PM
Help me buy a SHTF weapon! Im On A Boat Firearms General Discussion 30 01-21-2012 10:58 PM
Best SHTF Weapon??? Festes Firearms General Discussion 13 12-28-2011 12:00 AM
SHTF Weapon AmericanPatriot121 Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 172 06-01-2011 10:20 PM
Decided to change my Primary weapon load out infntryman86 Firearms General Discussion 11 04-12-2011 06:14 PM
SKS primary weapon. SouthernPride Firearms General Discussion 46 11-25-2010 02:18 PM

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-01-2008, 06:07 PM
salatheel's Avatar
salatheel salatheel is offline
Only Half Human
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 533
Thanks: 240
Thanked 365 Times in 154 Posts
Default SKS for your primary SHTF weapon?

Advertise Here

Do you think an SKS would suffice as a primary SHTF weapon? Right now I have a Rugar p95 9mm pistol,a rugar 10-22 and a Maverick 88 12gauge.
The price tag on the SKS is appealing at $239. Or should I hold out for an AK or m16?
Old 05-01-2008, 06:24 PM
Cryptophylaxis's Avatar
Cryptophylaxis Cryptophylaxis is offline
Looking ahead
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: The First State
Posts: 2,178
Thanks: 1,377
Thanked 1,874 Times in 849 Posts

You won't be sorry with an SKS (best bargain for the buck). If you later want to get a better rifle are you really going to be bummed about spending $239 for a reliable rifle? To each their own and there are many better rifles (not for that price though) but I wouldn't turn my nose up to an SKS.
The Following 6 Users Say Thank You to Cryptophylaxis For This Useful Post:
Old 05-01-2008, 06:58 PM
DocYoung's Avatar
DocYoung DocYoung is offline
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 3,265
Thanks: 884
Thanked 3,243 Times in 1,208 Posts
Awards Showcase
Outstanding Firearms Post 
Total Awards: 1

sks's are a great gun, but if you dont have one youd better get an ak while you can.
Old 05-01-2008, 07:14 PM
kd7one's Avatar
kd7one kd7one is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Billings, MT
Posts: 177
Thanks: 45
Thanked 225 Times in 76 Posts

I got mine. Now I'm stocking up (hoarding) on ammo.
Old 05-01-2008, 07:43 PM
Brother Buck Brother Buck is offline
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Banifornia
Posts: 7,225
Thanks: 1,675
Thanked 7,085 Times in 3,330 Posts

It isn't a bad choice at all.
The Following User Says Thank You to Brother Buck For This Useful Post:
Old 05-01-2008, 07:50 PM
unzenful unzenful is offline
Target Shooter
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 435
Thanks: 184
Thanked 270 Times in 129 Posts

+1 for the SKS...stick with the factory 10 round mag though.
The Following 6 Users Say Thank You to unzenful For This Useful Post:
Old 05-01-2008, 08:04 PM
solinvictus's Avatar
solinvictus solinvictus is offline
Getting there....
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 1,231
Thanks: 58
Thanked 909 Times in 397 Posts

An SKS is a fine carbine for SHTF. From my experience, best to worst are:
1) Yugo unissued
2) Soviet
3) Romanian
4) Chinese; with the caveat that quality can vary on the Norinco SKS. The two I've owned were great little carbines.
5) Albanian (doesn't that speak for itself?)
Yes, don't go all mall ninja on the SKS; the factory ten round fixed magazine is the best option. Stock up on ammunition (122 grain Wolf FMJ), stripper clips, and get a couple of Chi-Com chest pouches and keep them loaded.
The Following User Says Thank You to solinvictus For This Useful Post:
Old 05-01-2008, 08:17 PM
kd7one's Avatar
kd7one kd7one is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Billings, MT
Posts: 177
Thanks: 45
Thanked 225 Times in 76 Posts

I can fit about 6-8 stripper clips of ammo in an AR-15 mag pouch.
Old 05-01-2008, 10:55 PM
IDSLVR IDSLVR is offline
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: central ID
Posts: 81
Thanks: 76
Thanked 58 Times in 32 Posts

SKS is a great one to have for the $$$$.
I've had several in my time.
Stay away from any but the factory 10rd mag. with practice an operator can "strip" 10 rounds as fast as any mag change, and not have all those mags to worry about hanging onto or extra weight of mags.
If the chance came up id get another.
Old 05-01-2008, 10:56 PM
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: PA
Age: 30
Posts: 195
Thanks: 19
Thanked 45 Times in 35 Posts

I was told that with a sks you get abit more rage and what not
Old 05-02-2008, 12:05 AM
Glock_22 Glock_22 is offline
Stuck in California
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Oceanside, California
Posts: 342
Thanks: 29
Thanked 175 Times in 91 Posts

Yes, It will do. Along the way add a couple more to your collection. You can always use one for spare parts if needed.
Old 05-02-2008, 01:30 AM
adam731432 adam731432 is offline
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 723
Thanks: 0
Thanked 218 Times in 140 Posts

I would only trust my sks with quality american brass. Cheap wolf can blow a primer and bend your firing pin rendering the gun useless.
Old 05-02-2008, 01:40 AM
421slicer's Avatar
421slicer 421slicer is offline
just waitin' for it
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 680
Thanks: 139
Thanked 342 Times in 178 Posts

I like the SKS! Like others said... Stick to the factory 10rd mag and learn to use the stripper clips. You can load 10 rds extremely fast! AK's and SKS's were made to feed Russian Steel Cased ammo, so WOLF actually comes highly recommended. I've never had an issue with it, but I wouldn't use it in an AR or other precision built weapon.
The Following User Says Thank You to 421slicer For This Useful Post:
Old 05-02-2008, 09:40 AM
forrestdweller forrestdweller is offline
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Georgia
Posts: 1,546
Thanks: 102
Thanked 946 Times in 483 Posts
Awards Showcase
Outstanding Thread 
Total Awards: 1

Get the SKS now and later you can sell or trade it probably breaking even or maybe a few bucks in hand. At least you will have a usable defensive carbine in hand rather that I was going to get one of these to late. If you later chose a AK-clone you would already have some ammo and the stripper clips can be used in a magazine loader so no loss there. You might consider even getting the SKS and taking a litle longer in saving up enought for a AK-clone later and having a backup in the SKS.
The Following User Says Thank You to forrestdweller For This Useful Post:
Old 05-02-2008, 10:46 AM
badkarma's Avatar
badkarma badkarma is offline
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 4,906
Thanks: 1,673
Thanked 3,780 Times in 1,553 Posts
Awards Showcase
Outstanding Member 
Total Awards: 1

the SKS was the primary shtf gun in MANY countries before the AK. Get the SKS, a bird in the hand. It's a great gun, you won't be sorry.
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to badkarma For This Useful Post:
Old 05-04-2008, 12:39 AM
Mittelmorder's Avatar
Mittelmorder Mittelmorder is offline
Diamond Dog
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: The Abyss
Posts: 1,504
Thanks: 903
Thanked 1,069 Times in 509 Posts

I'm buying an SKS on monday, It's a yugo SKS in very good condition, Grenade launcher and bayonet included.
Old 05-06-2008, 10:07 PM
Trebuchet Trebuchet is offline
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Central Coast CA
Posts: 600
Thanks: 62
Thanked 383 Times in 227 Posts

And one more time... All hail the SKS! The poor mans assault rifle. It was my first "military" semi because at the time it was the best I could afford. No regrets at all.
The Following User Says Thank You to Trebuchet For This Useful Post:
Old 05-09-2008, 11:00 AM
bebop1034's Avatar
bebop1034 bebop1034 is offline
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: some where no gun owner wishes to be
Posts: 282
Thanks: 28
Thanked 67 Times in 51 Posts

also it was my first semi auto military rifle. ive moved on now to an AR15 but i still bring out the good oL SKS every now and then to the range
Old 05-09-2008, 02:51 PM
Declan Declan is offline
I love this forum
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Best place in the world...but we're full
Posts: 6,670
Thanks: 2,082
Thanked 15,909 Times in 4,195 Posts

I know people frown upon pimping out an SKS but I did with mine and couldn't be happier with the results. That gun has seen a ton of ammo in practice scenarios and has never failed me once.

Here she is:

Old 05-09-2008, 11:05 PM
Gunnolf's Avatar
Gunnolf Gunnolf is offline
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Central Virginia
Posts: 62
Thanks: 16
Thanked 38 Times in 26 Posts
Thumbs up

I have no problem whatsoever with the SKS as a primary SHTF rifle. Mine are more of a companion weapon to my AK's but I've seen lots of folks where it is not only their primary but their ONLY rifle. Just a couple of things. Put a good sling on it and then get a couple of the SKS chest pouches and enough stripper clips to keep them full. Next.... Keep the fixed 10 round mag. With a little practice you can charge it with the stripper clips just as fast as a mag change and they are 100% RELIABLE. Don't clutter it all with up with a bunch of "Tac-ti-cool" junk. Keep the standard wood stock in place and if it's a little short for you get one of those leather butt covers with the built in pad on the end. That's what both of my Yugo's wear and they work PERFECTLY.

SKS's are FINE weapons. Simple, easy to maintain,combat proven, accurate within their caliber limits and are EXCELLENT prepper rifles.
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Gunnolf For This Useful Post:


7.62x39, 7.62x39 for shtf, ak47 vs sks, shtf survival rifle, sks, sks for shtf, sks survival rifle, sks vs ak47, survival rifle

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:45 PM.

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright © Kevin Felts 2006 - 2015,
Green theme by