Re: What would you take to battle?
is cheaper to produce
is "monkey export" designed to be operated with no maintanance by a peasant with a luke warm IQ undere adverse conditions
is profligate in nature / mass produced / widely distributed
can be high capacity
exhibits poor accuracy (minute of torso / unusable past 250 yds)
at best fair fit and finish
a true "carbine" not a rifle
i happen to own a 1990`s production Norinco Officers Model that has no stamped parts / all milled parts. its reliable, and functional, but is a short range engagement weapon with less then acceptable accuracy (in terms of a good battle rifle)
the Garand is capable of engaging man sized targets at twice the range of the SKS even in the hands of an average marksmanship level recruit...
the .30 cal cartridge is perfection in ordanance, has way more terminal energy, accuracy, velocity, range, and shoots flatter...
the Garand is a better weapon in almost all terms and catagories...
8 rounds at a time is more than enough for a disciplined trooper with some shooting skills...
best regards, mike.