Nice topic friend!
I'm kinda in the same boat myself, and it's nice to hear some of the feedback from all of the experienced gunners here... so here is my C02.
The SKS is a mighty fine choice, IMHO.
Having owned many of them, prebans and a few para's in all configurations... I wouldn't hesitate to get another. In fact I think I might, running
low on guns here. (shoulda never cleaned house)
One thing that surprises me, is that nobody has brought up the MAK-90. Many years back I had a preban 7.62x39 chambered that was great to shoot,
decent rate of fire and was a good partner for the SKS for sharing rounds, similar ruggedness of the AK.. could probably submerge in swamp water and
still pop off a few rounds. Not sure what the going rate for them is now, and not sure if they will reach out and touch someone like some other
models that have been said, still 7.62x39, but it may be worth a look. I shot a few, but never had any intimate knowledge with one... so....
Anyone on here have any firsthands of the MAK-90?
If you really wanted to reach out and touch someone though, and let's toss the cost factor out the window for a second... my choice hands down would
be for the H&K Model 91. The HK91 chambered in .308 is dirty lethal at long ranges, and depending on your optics and skill at 500~600m it is like
shooting fish in a barrel. We had one for many years, and I loved that gun... recoil was nice... range was fab, and it was scary accurate, and to see
someone lugging it around was, well, menacing. However they are not too plentiful these days, and cost shows that.
When I sold it 8 years ago it fetched 1900 and a couple pairs of SKS's and MAK-90's at A GUN SHOW! If you want to dump some bucks, that would be the
one. But mind you, it's a beast, and would probably not be something you would want to carry around for an extended period of time since total carry
weight with bi-pod, scope/mount, shell deflector... etc and mags is upwards of 20lbs going light.
All of the FAL, Dragunov's or SVD's would be comparable in my opinion as far as accuracy and such, and maybe a little easier on the pocketbook but
don't quote me on that though, as I've never had the time alone with one.
I like my No.4 MK 2 enfield .303, it's the biggest outside the .22LRs and .22/250's and various sidearms I've got right now... and frankly it works
fine for me. Never had to test it out on soft targets, other than the occasional whistlepig hunting trip, but it fillets like no other.
Sorry to turn this C.02 into C.04
Personally, I would stick with the SKS.. since it is already in your kit, and the $ you could save from negating a purchase on a bigger firearm could
be used for other kit. If you are in an urban environment where in (SITX) caliber, accuracy and sheer stopping power is the deciding role for
survival, others will most likely be thinking the same. If I was in your shoes, honestly I would spend the added monies elsewhere. If it truly gets
that bad, you can flee... and stealth is the key. If you are outgunned, move.. evade and lest I say shoot to kill, hopefully your target is carrying a
bigger gun than you, so take it if you so should choose.
Knock wood that it doesn't come to that, so keep your guns ready, gear at hand with an eagle eye, and most of all, keep your powder dry.
[Ed] who is Ed?
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