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  • You want something light, reliable, fairly accurate and easy to maintain. Possibly something you can machine your own parts for. But the most important considering for long term survival is availability and weight of ammo. Light ammo means more ammo. No ammo means you have an expensive club. .223 and .308 are all widely available in the US being popular sporting rounds. 7.62x39 for the SKS might be a bit harder to find, not sure about Europe. The SKS is also heavy weighing, in at 8lbs, and long making it cumbersome to lug around the wasteland.

    If you can find something accurate which fires the ubiquitous 9mm pistol round and has some stopping power you're golden. Masque suggested the Beretta CX4 Storm [] and it seems ideal. Underneath the fancy ergonomic casing is a very simple rifle. Pair it with a Beretta 92FS [] with which it interchanges not only ammo but also the clips and you've got a compact little weapons system.

    Don't forget spare barrels.

    I'd also throw in a revolver, a single-barrel break-action shotgun (easy to use, easy to hit things with and the shells can be reloaded), a simple hunting bow, machete and an atlatl [].
    • Yeah, on one hand, the 7.62mmS is one of the most common rounds in the world. On the other, not so much here in the US, from what I can tell.

      The Yugo SKS is actually even a little heavier than the Russian or Chinese SKS, so it's a pain to carry when running from zombies. On the other hand, it's apparently indestructable, and at nine pounds it will make an awesome club when I run out of ammo.

      Masque actually said that the 92FS was "huge, heavy, and hard to maintain." If I get worried enough to get somethin