I own an SKS. Got it as part of a trade deal for a stereo, long ago. I've had it for many years, folding graphite stock, folding bayonet, banana
clip. Accurate up to 10 feet.
... Although, I did take the bayonet off ... It tended to rattle in the woods when I was out hunting.
FN FAL, or even the AR10 (.308 cal) are very fine weapons. For close in work, nothing beats the venerable 12 gauge. I have several, one of which is
the old Winchester 12 gauge that was made for Winchester in ... Yup ... You guessed it ... Belgium, and supplied with the Winchester name stamped on
it... That was before they were produced by Winchester USA, in the mid-to-late 1800s. These are quite rare, and quite expensive, and with the
damascus barrel ... They are totally unfireable today. Why shucks! I even have a few handguns.
What is truly amazing to me, with this arsenal of mine, I have yet to have anyone break into my house, or accost me with a weapon. Here in Missouri,
it is legal to carry a weapon concealed in your automobile, and on your person if you take the training and qualify (not a felon, a certifiable loon,
or attempting to overthrow the government, etc.) for a concealed carry permit. Much to the dismay of the anti-gun crowd, with the advent of CCW
permits, the rate of "High Noon" encounters on Main Street did not increase. The number of running gun battles up and down the interstates did not
suddenly go off the charts. And interestingly, the very few times that "interface" between bad guys and arms bearing citizens has occurred, the
shootings were, upon investigation, found to be, in police parlance, righteous shoots.
In the larger cities, like St. Louis, there is still much drug and gang related killing being done. Too sad. However, I see by what is not said on
the news, as much as is said on the news, that the well armed bad guys still don't venture out in the rural areas. Or, if they do, they don't come
out here with evil on their minds, perhaps, just vacations.
Bad guys are gonna always be bad guys, and due to inner city culture, that will most always be the case, and that will most always be where the main
core of the gun violence occurs.
Out here in the country, gun control is defined as "Being able to hit what you aim at".
And, I suspect that the punks with guns in the cities, and the few out here in the country, know that and believe it.