Dear Preppers and Survivalists,
The SKS rifle was manufactured by about seven countries, Russia, China, East Germany, Romania, Yugoslavia, North Korea, and Albania. Notice, I wrote 'was.' The SKS rifle is no longer manufactured by most of these countries; however, a prepper can still purchase a SKS from their local firearms dealer, mostly likely a Chinese or Yugoslavian surplus rifle.
|Yugoslavian M59/66 SKS Rifle|
By now, most folks know a little about the SKS rifle. For those preppers that don't or those who would like to know more; I have provided two links (in the link section, of course)
My Family's Situation
We live in a suburban area, like most preppers, so we need a rifle that accurately shoots about 300 meters (325 yards). Plus, we are on a budget, but not that tight of a budget.
Some folks would recommend a Mosin-Nagant rifle at about $100, each. For a family of four that would set you back about $400 for the rifles, another $200 for 1600 rounds of surplus ammo from the 1970's, and another $200 for accessories like cleaning kits, slings, and ammo pouches, $800 total.
The Mosin-Nagant rifle kicks (recoils) like a mule. Not really, but most women and some men will have difficulty shooting a Mosin-Nagant rifle. Children will find it nearly impossible to shoot.
Other folks would recommend a M16/AR15 series rifle. At about $1.000 each, the rifles would set your family back $4.000. Plus, you'll still need magazines, ammo, cleaning kits, slings, and the necessary kit to carry the magazines, another $2.000, $6.00 total.
My Family's Solution
Lastly, we choose to buy SKS rifles because If we upgrade, we will purchase AK-47 series rifles for the adults. All of the ammunition and most of the tools and other necessities will transfer to the AK-47 type-rifle, but none of the spare parts : - (
Modifications to the SKS Rifle
|Chinese SKS Rifle|
Bought Used for Under $200
That means ...
No extended magazine
No collapsible stock
No rail system
No pistol grip
No telescopic sight
No detachable magazine
No recoil buffer
For some folks, especially folks with older eyes, adding the SKM Mojo sight or the TS-100 Tech sight to the rifle would be helpful.
Many decades ago, some survival writers suggested getting a second rifle to use as a source for spare parts. Not very smart. : - (
Now a days, you can shop on-line at SARCO Inc. or Numrich Gun Parts Corp. for spare parts for your rifle. I mean any rifle; just not the SKS.
But what spare parts to get?
First, do you really need spare parts? If you're planning for a short disaster, like a hurricane, you don't need spare parts. If you're planning for a long-term disaster, you'll want to store some common spare parts for you'uns' SKS rifles.
Firing pin retainer
Recoil spring, Complete assembly
Tools and Other Almost Necessities
I'll repeat myself; "all you really need is the rifle and some ammo." Needless to say, every prepper owning a SKS rifle should plan on buying some tools and other necessities for their SKS, to increase the rifles utility.
First, after ammunition, I would suggest a way of carrying the ammo, like ammo pouches or carrier. The soviets (an example) and the DDR (an example) have a little pouch that holds loaded stripper clips or loose ammunition, buy two for each rifle and a belt. The Chinese had a ten-pocket canvas pouch that held 180 to 200 rounds of ammo on stripper clips (an example).
Next, I would suggest a cleaning kit because your rifle needs to be cleaned. The one that comes with the rifle will do, but a U.S. military .30 caliber cleaning kit (an example) is a higher quality. Either way, you will want to add an old (clean) tooth brush, an used (clean) t-shirt, some .30 caliber rifle cleaning patches (an example), and a small bottle of oil.
Oh, don't forget a ruptured case/broken shell extractor.
|Empty and Loaded Stripper Clips|
Remember, your family needs to practice, practice, and practice some more on new skills, especially quickly reloading your SKS rifle with 10-round stripper clips.
Almost lastly, you and your family will want a sight adjustment tool; there are two types. First is the tool that only adjusts for elevation, up and down (an example). Second is the tool that adjusts for elevation and windage, left and right (an example).
Finally, you'll probably want a sling; unless, the rifle came with one.
I'll say it again. The SKS rifle is probably the best rifle for most urban and suburban preppers because it's reasonably priced, rugged, and needs only ammunition to be functional for you and your family.
Wikipedia - SKS Rifle
William Sanders - Meet the SKS
Yooper John's SKS: Battle rifle of many nations - Section 26
Note: Neat page with two cut away SKS rifles showing the inside of the rifle. Plus, check out the home page for more information.
Pistol Craft - SKS-56 Instruction Manual (html)
The Firearm Blog - SKS Manual
Wonder How To - How to Disassemble and Clean an SKS Rifle
The following links are supplied for information only. If you have a company you would like to add, write a comment. If you want to complain, call the company.
Ammo Man - Home
Bulk Ammo - Home
Cabela's - Home
Cabela's - Ammunition
After Cheaper than Dirt's actions in late 2013, early 2014. I'll never do business with them again. Ever!
Lucky Gunner - Home
The Sportsman's Guide - Home
The Sportsman's Guide - Ammunition