Dear Preppers and Survivalists,
Last article, I highlighted the most common military bolt-action rifles from Russia, Great Britain, Germany, and these United States. This article, I will highlight the military-type semi-auto rifles commonly available to the prepper/survivalist.
Prices were found at Gun Broker. Magazine prices were found from various places on the internet.
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The SKS rifle was built, primarily, by the soviets and the Communist Chinese. It has a 10 round internal magazine that can be loaded with a stripper clip or individual rounds. The rifle fires the 7.62X39 cartridge, same as the AK-47.
Price: $300 to $500 Magazines: 10 round internal
AK-47 series Rifle
|Soviet AK-47, first model variation|
Cpl. D.A. Haynes
The AK-47, I am writing about is the semi-auto rifle you will most likely find in your nieghbors' hands or the local gun shop. It is a variation of the AKM rifle used by/against every nation on this planet.
Yeah, yeah, I know it's a little technical, but my point is if you have a "real" AK-47, you better have the $200 federal tax stamp to go with the rifle, or you're going to prison.
The AK-47 series of rifles uses a 30-round magazine. There are some less common (kind'a rare) 20-round magazines for the rifle. The AK-47 rifle fires the 7.62X39 cartridge, just like the SKS rifle.
Price: $475 to $1.000 Magazines: $10 to $20 each
CETME and HK-91
|Retractable and fixed stock versions of the H&K G3 rifle|
Edmond Huet, DCB Shooting
The CETME and G-3 are basically older brother (CETME) and younger brother (G-3) The civilian version of the G-3 is the HK-91. 'Real' HK-91s run in the $2.000+ range. A variation that is less expensive is the PTR-91 rifle. All the rifles use a 20-round magazine.
The CETME can use CETME magazines or inexpensive G-3 magazines (aluminum or steel), but the HK-91 can't use CETME magazines.
Price: CETME $600, HK-91 $1.600+, PTR-91 $1.150 Magazines: CETME $9.00, HK-91 $2.50 each
|German G1 Rifle|
|Belgian FN FAL|
The FNFAL was used by about 90 nations. With all these countries using the FN FAL there are basically two variations, inch and metric. The inch pattern rifle was used by the British Commonwealth solider, and the metric version was used by everyone else.
The FN FAL fires the 7.62 NATO cartridge and has a 20 round magazine. There are 25 round and 30 round magazines available.
Oh yeah, according to Boston's Gun Bible, the FN FAL is #2 to the ...
Price: $1.000 to $2.000+ Magazines: $15 to $30 each
|M1A Rifle with Bayonet|
The M1A is the semi-auto version of the M-14 rifle. It uses a 20-round magazine, and it fires the 7.62 NATO cartridge.
Price: $1.500 to $2.500+ Magazines: $20 to $50 each
LAR-8, SR-25, AR-10, and ...
These are the bastard 'big' brothers of the AR-15/M-16 series of rifles. They all fire the 7.62 NATO cartridge.
The various rifles are all different and most (if not all) parts are non-interchangeable between each model of rifle. Plus, they all use a different magazine.
They suck for the prepper planning to be able to access a large pool of spare parts and inexpensive magazines like the ...
|AR-15 A3 Tactical Carbine|
The AR-15 rifle is the semi-auto version of the rifle carried by these United States' military, M-16 rifle and M-4 carbine. Parts are plentiful and magazines are inexpensive. Plus, it is an easy to shoot rifle with a light recoil for most shooters.
The fires the 5.56 NATO cartridge. There are 20 and 30-round magazines for the rifle.
Price: $750 to $1.500 Magazines: $10 to $20 each
The Ruger Mini-14 rifle is, basically, a scaled down version of the M-14. The rifle fires the 5.56 NATO cartridge. Normally, 10-round magazines are provided with the rifle. 20-round magazines are available at $40ish a piece.
Price: $500 to $800 Magazines: $35 to $50 each
|M1 Garand with Three En-bloc clips|
The M1 Garand is a WWII era rifle. It shoots the 30.06 cartridge, same as the 1903 rifle.
Price: $600 to $1.000 Magazine: Uses an En Bloc Clip $1.00 to $1.50 each
Wikipedia - SKS
Wikipedia - AK-47
Wikipedia - AKM
Wikipedia - WASR series rifles
Wikipedia - CETME
Wikipedia - HK G3
Wikipedia - PTR 91F
FN FAL Rifle
Wikipedia - FN FAL
Wikipedia - L1A1 Self-Loading Rifle
Wikipedia - M-14
Wikipedia - M1A Rifle
LAR-8, SR-25, AR-10, and ...
Wikipedia - SR-25
Wikipedia - AR-10
Wikipedia - M-16 Rifle
Wikipedia - AR-15
Wikipedia - Mini-14
Wikipedia - M1 Garand