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Old 05-01-2008, 07:07 PM
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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?
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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.
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sks's are a great gun, but if you dont have one youd better get an ak while you can.
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I got mine. Now I'm stocking up (hoarding) on ammo.
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It isn't a bad choice at all.
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+1 for the SKS...stick with the factory 10 round mag though.
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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.
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I can fit about 6-8 stripper clips of ammo in an AR-15 mag pouch.
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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.
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I was told that with a sks you get abit more rage and what not
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Yes, It will do. Along the way add a couple more to your collection. You can always use one for spare parts if needed.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I'm buying an SKS on monday, It's a yugo SKS in very good condition, Grenade launcher and bayonet included.
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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.
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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
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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.


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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.
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