Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,
Astronaut Joseph P. Allen IV
An used (there are no 'new,' just new-like condition) SKS rifle costs around $400. Even when you buy them by the crate ; - (
While an AR-15 rifle, a Ford or Chevy model, from Bushmaster will set you back about $700. Add in the cost for magazines; get the 30-rounders, from Brownells; will cost you $99.99 for a ten pack.
So, ... Money wise, it's a no brainer. Get the SKS rifle for your defensive rifle.
Bushmaster decided to have a $150 rebate, for up to five rifles. (Offer expires 30 July, 2017)
Not including shipping and the transfer fee, that drops the price of an AR-15 to $550 or $650 with ten magazines.
J&G Sales - SKS Pattern Rifles
Classic Firearms - Yugoslavian SKS Rifles For Sale by the Crate
Target Sports, USA - Bushmaster M4 A3 Patrolman's Carbine XM 15 223 Remington/5.56x45mm NATO Rifle
Brownells - AR-15 30RD MAGAZINE CS 223/5.56
Bushmaster - Rebates & Promotions
Yugoslavian SKS Rifle
During tough times, you and your family may not be able to obtain high quality ammunition for your rifles. This means you may have to settle for corrosive ammunition.
Not a big deal, as long as you properly clean your rifle.
Or, ... Have a rifle with a chrome chamber and bore. Something the Yugoslavian SKS rifles lack ; - (
That's why I like the Chinese SKS rifle because they have a chrome chamber and bore.
Empire Arms - How to Properly Clean After Using Corrosive Ammo
In the Past, at GSiEP
I have written several articles about the SKS and the AR-15 rifles.
So, ... Here's the link(s)
GSiEP - Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (SKS vs. AR-15)
GSiEP - Firearms for Preppers, SKS Rifle
GSiEP - Firearms for Preppers, M16/AR15 series Rifle, Part Two
Crates of Rifles
A few decades ago, Spartan and I tried to purchase a case of SKS rifles. Needless to say, it was a no/go. It seems, it's against the law for non-FFLs to buy so many rifles, at one time.
Until, ... There became a 'new' class of firearms, C&R
Curio and Relics
This is a subject that I lack in-depth knowledge about.
You are going to have to do some research, starting here.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives - Curios & Relics
Russian Mosin-Nagant Forum - C&R license (03 FFL)
Mouse Guns - Curios & Relics Handguns