Originally Posted by Antman
...at this point I would probably take the SKS in a SHTF scenario, with the AR second and the Mini last. Mostly because of the experience I have shooting the SKS...
I was only introduced to the SKS rifle about 4 years ago. Since that time, and several of them added to my collection, I must say these rifles are some of the most underrated firearms out there.
Given the ballistics of 7.62x39 cartridge, I am very pleased with the accuracy I get from my SKS rifles. With iron sights, I can group nicely at 50 yards; all within a 4" inch group. At 100 yards, of course, it opens up. But again, this is with iron sights.
As far as reliability, I've never experienced a FTF/FTE with my SKS rifles. They are built to run...and run they do. This is one of the obvious strengths of the platform's design.
One could make an argument against using an SKS in a SHTF scenario, based on it's "standard" firepower...because of the 10-round attached magazine. However, there are 20-round options available, as well as stock options to augment the ergos of the rifle.
That said, one thing I do like about the 10-round magazine is that there are no magazines to tote around, and nothing to get lost. It's self-contained. Moreover, for general defensive use, 10 rounds is adequate...not great, but adequate.
Bottom line, the SKS rifle is a great choice for any type of shooting that trips your trigger. I'm a huge fan of this shooting platform.
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