I haven't read much about the SKS on this forum, so I thought I would give some general information on this reliable old military weapon. The SKS was a short term Russian response to the German MP43, which was the first true ďassault weapon; described as a rifle or carbine that was chambered for an intermediate cartridge. A few years later the SKS was replaced by the world famous AK47 which used the same cartridge..
The SKS was introduced late in WW2, too late to make much of a difference in that conflict. It was the first firearm made for the 7.62X39 caliber. It was a fairly simply designed gun, which was rather heavy (being over built contributed to its toughness). They generally weigh around 9 pounds. And, they always shoot and there are plenty of spare parts available for them. There is also a large list of after-market accessories for this gun.
Although it was not in service very long in the Soviet Union, it was produced in large numbers in many other Communistic countries. Today, you can find SKSís made in many former Soviet satellite countries.
I personally like the SKS. I purchased a number of them during the days when brand new ones sold for less than $100. I think that even today you cannot find anything better for the price. I think that every survivalist should have at least 2 of these in the collection. In addition, a few thousand rounds of ammo would be good to have.
The SKS would be a good rifle to cache along with 500 rounds of ammo. Hiding a few of these underground in the wilderness somewhere would be a good idea. That way, no matter what the gun grabbers do, you would have guns available for TSHTF situations.
I donít believe that anybody will go wrong if they possess a few of these fine old rifles.