Originally Posted by Trez
If money was the concern, Id get a SKS..
If not, id forget the whole AK v. AR thing and get a Garand!!
I've got a Garand, they're miserable to field-strip, and even after you
do, you need a separate cleaning kit and it's still difficult
to clean the barrel from the breech-end. Not something you're going to
even consider an R & R on while moving down the trail.
The AK and SKS offer a distinct advantage over most battle rifles
with easy field-stripping, and
exposing the barrel breech for simplified cleaning. The Russians also
made a point of providing metal cleaning and lubricant bottles, and
compact cleaning kits to be used in tandem with cleaning rods attached to
their weapons. Which, IMHO, offers a major maintenance advantage to the
already robust, sturdy, and dependable Combloc weapons in a bug-out scenario.
However, the Garand does offer a longer sight radius, and a much better
iron sight. (If you can afford, and carry, the bullets...) Furthermore,
suffice it to say that most other American-based weapons systems have
the advantages of accuracy, light weight, and ease of use, as long as
they have been already cleaned and prepped, or you have a shelter,
light, and the time to take care of them...