Hit submit a litte quick – so, Ogre, ultimately the decision is yours and what you like or how you will use it. The SKS is a reliable weapon, it’s cheap and most of the cons can be fixed or improved, but even out of the box it’s still got paper plate accuracy out to a hundred yards or so – maybe 200 if your shooting position is solid. Past that you’ll need to do some of the fixes above.
Hope this helps in your decision making a bit. It’s great to see that you and your family have thought about these things and assigned jobs per family members and obviously you’ve taken yours seriously.
Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.
- Thomas Paine