Re: If the stuff really hits the fan.
I understand your way of thinking. An older surplus gun is going to be more tolerant of the nasty elements that come in to play. I have both military surplus and modern rifles. All shoot very well but I don't think my Ruger M77 is going to be as tolerant of getting mud and water and other crap in it and still function say as my SMLE or Type99. All of them could get the job done but exposed to what? I have my choices of what I would go with. One of them being a Walther K43. Collectors value is high but WTSHTF it ain't gonna matter anymore. That old girl slings some hefty lead and does it very well.