Mugwug wrote:Not sure where I'm gonna go with it at this point, it still ranks as a perfect PAW rifle over both my M14 and the AR15 (they are sexier, but the SKS is much more practical).
I was concluding that as well but I thought maybe I was just being bias.
5.56mm rifles - AR15, Mini 14
The .223 cal isn't as useful for other duties like hunting or anytime where you need stronger knock down power.
7.62x51mm - FN-FAL, M14
This round has better knock down but it's much heavier so you don't want to use it for tactical purposes over longer periods of time.
7.62x39mm - AK-47, SKS
AK-47 isn't a bad choice. You have detachable mags so it's far better for heated tactical situations but it's loud and not as accurate without profesional tweeking. You can get an Chinese SKS-D that takes AK mags but I don't know that much about them.
My opinion is to go with the SKS if you can't keep multiple firearms with you for different jobs. I've actually never fired a FN-FAL. I just tossed it in there so the M14 wasn't lonely.