The SKS was made (designed) during a not so great time in history, For a not so great environment. So...I think its ideal for a SHTF weapon. It works, all the time, every time, (when unmolested) and always has a bayonet, magazine, cleaning rod, and kit with it all the time. nothing to forget, or loose. Its fixed mag allows you to prone out VERY flat, and is easily topped off (turn it upside down an feed as needed), and with GOOD stripper clips its pretty fast to reload. The ammo is cheap and really packs a wallop, and that rotten wood stock makes one hell of a bludgeon. I haven't noticed the Chinese Chu wood to swell and effect accuracy in the humidity of south Florida summers, and I've heard it did ok in south east Asia but if plastics your thing well...YOU GO WITH YA BAD SELF! I don't think id be trying to make it full auto even if it were legal (10 rounds? really?) but it is fun bumpfiring with 20 rounders and for a weapon designed to be semi only it sure seems to like spewing lead. Still I'm hesitant to rely on something not designed for full auto to mimic it in a SHTF scenario.