COMMANDER KLICK'S HOMELAND DEFENSE RIFLE EVALUATIONS

PLEASE NOTE: These rifle evaluations are geared towards the beginner. I will not evaluate any rifle that I have not actually used in the field. If you are an "expert" and have snuck in here you may submit your own evaluation on a favorite rifle suitable for recon and patrol that I do not have exprience with. But YOU must have experience with said rifle and have carried all day on recon or patrol.These are:  the FAL or any variation of, , M1 Carbine, M1 Garand, AUG, Mini 14 and Mini 30, Thompson, G3/HK91 and 93, the RPD and RPK, SVD Dragunov, FN49, or the Finn M-39. Please write and ask about others. I will give you full credit as the author of any evaluation sent in and used. Please use the general format I have used below, and I don't think a history of the rifle needs to be part of the Evaluation.

NOTE: The "mini" SAW concept that will be mentioned refers to "lesser" or bolt rifles supporting a magazine fed semi-auto, in the same way an automatic weapons squad would support a machine gun with assault rifles/main battle rifles. An example of a Mini-SAW team would be one person armed with a FAL, and two other team members supporting him/her/it with FR8's, Mausers, MN's or SMLE's. The bolt rifle team members would/could even carry spare ammo and magazines for the semi auto person.

NOTE: I would personally suggest passing on, or avoiding any "sporterized" version of the following rifles. With much of the wood removed the rifle is less rugged, will no longer take a bayonet, and no longer has the cleaning rod which can save your life if you ever have a stuck case in the chamber. Without forend wood and handguards you can also burn your hands when the barrel heats up. At best a sporter might be considered for a  scout rifle. For the purpose of a scout rifle I would still try to restore a upper handguard on the rifle.

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The K98k bolt-action Mauser bolt action. (this pretty much covers all Mausers such as the M48, M48A, CZ22 and 24, Turk Mausers, etc.)

Price: Under $200 at this time, around $100 for good examples if you shop around. I've seen CZ24's for as low as $69.00 dealer price in Shotgun News.

AMMO: 7.92X57mm aka 8mm Mauser. Very cheap and available at this time.

The cartridge: Rimless bottle-neck. Accurate and powerful. 154 to 196 grain bullets (in surplus ammo) at around 2700 to 2900fps depending on bullet weight.

"Carryability": The K98k carries "at the ready" very well. At over eight pounds it does feel a bit heavy halfway through the day if you are used to carrying a lighter weapon, or are not used to carrying a weapon at-the-ready all day. It balences well. If you stick with it, it will get lighter. With the safety in the straight up position and thumb laid along side it, and the trigger finger layed along side the trigger guard it is very fast to take off safety and fire.

ACCURACY: This rifle is very accurate. If your example is not, there is something wrong with the rifle or you are a poor shot. A good shot with an accurate K98k can make hits out to scoped rifle range very well, such as 600 or 700 yards or more.

FEEDING and RATE OF FIRE: The K98k like all military Mausers is five shot stripper clip fed, which is very fast, faster than most people realize. A stripper clip fed five shot bolt action rifle is obviously slower than a semi-auto, but is fast enough for most situations and the slower rate of fire conserves ammo.

FIELD STRIPPING AND RELIABILITY: Probably the most easy weapon to strip and clean in the field in order to return it to service if it became unoperable due to dirt, mud or grime. Being almost impervious to dirt and grime and manually operated we can call it pretty darn reliable, perhaps the "most". For combat field stripping all you have to do is pull back the bolt, pull the bolt release, take out the bolt, and one could literally grab a sharp stick and start digging the dirt out of the action, wipe action and bolt off, re-insert the bolt and be back in action. While the semi-auto people can debate endlessly about which semi-auto is the "most" reliable, the Mauser-Man need only to sit back and smile.

EVALUATION: I see the K98k as an affordable excellent weapon for the beginner. I also see it as a good support weapon for a semi-auto, just as the Germans used it to support machine gun crews to devestating effect. It is also a fine "scout rifle" and is a deadly sharp shooting rifle. The cloth 70 round badoliers of ammo on the market at this time are a very comfortable way to carry ammo for the K98k, worn over the shoulder as they were designed for. Carry two, and you have a very substantial supply of ammo for a bolt-rifle, but one bandolier or 70 rounds of ammo should be plenty for most recon and patrol activity when heavy combat is not expected.

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SPANISH FR8

TYPE: Bolt action Spanish Mauser Carbine, five shot stripper clip fed.

PRICE: Usually around $200-$300.

AMMO: 7.62X51mm NATO. 'nuff said. Powerful and available world wide.

CARTRIDGE: Rimless bottleneck. Usually fires a 147 grain bullet at 2700fps.

CARRYABILITY: Very good. Low fatigue factor.

ACCURACY: Very accurate, my rifle shoots 1" ten shot groups at 75 meters.

FEEDING AND RATE OF FIRE: Same as K98k above or all Mausers.

FIELD STRIPPING AND RELIABILITY: Same as K98k above or all Mausers. Pull the bolt out and start digging.

EVALUATION: Excellent patrol weapon, light and handy. Uses the same muzzle hardware as the HK series of combat weapons and the CETME and will accept their accessories including rifle grenades. Some "experts" will tell you the FR8 is not safe to fire with NATO spec 7.62X51mm ammo, when they do just smile and nod, and then shoot to your heart's content. Great rifle to support a CETME, FAL, G3, M1A, Garand, or other high capacity rifle in 7.62X51mm when working within a "mini" SAW concept. Like the K98 the rifle can be brought into action very quickly by carrying it with the safety in the upright postition, thumb layed along side, and the trigger finger layed alongside the trigger guard.

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HONERABLE MENTION: If you like the Mauser rifle, and are dedicated to becoming an expert long range sharpshooter, (as we all SHOULD be) or plan to fill that role on a rifle team frequently, you should consider the Swedish Mauser. It is the Chrysler Imperial of Mauser rifles. It fires a 6.5X55mm cartridge which is available as surplus and commercial, and is very flat shooting. Compared to other military rifles and cartridges the rear sight raises very little to shoot out to 600 yards, meaning that mistakes in range estimation are less critical. Again these rifles are real works of art, made with fine craftsmanship and  from the finest steels, but only cost around  $200-250 for a good example. The K98k length Swedish Mauser is the Model 38, and the longer version or full length rifle is the Model 96. I would suggest the M38, but the M96 would make a fine sniper rifle if scoped. Many of these rifles have threaded muzzles, and can be fitted with a flash hider for about fifteen bucks, which is legal on a bolt action rifle. Brass and bullets are also widely available for the 6.5 Swede, meaning you can roll some very serious high quality extreme accuracy ammunition.
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MOSIN-NAGANT 91, 91/30, M38, M44, 91/59 AND ALL OTHER VARIATIONS:

TYPE: Five shot stripper clip fed bolt action.

PRICE: Dirt cheap. Brand new rifles for around $100.

AMMO: Dirt cheap and available.

CARTRIDGE: 7.62X54R, rimmed bottle neck. Fires a 154 grain bullet at about 2700 to 2800fps. Different types of ammo with different weight bullets and velocities. Same power class as .30-06 and 7.92X57mm.

CARRYABILITY: Carbine versions have excellent carryability, but full length rifles carry better than a full length Mauser or SMLE.

ACCURACY: Generally not as good as the Mauser or Springfield, about on par with the average SMLE. More than adequate for combat and better than the AK47. Long range accuracy very good. I can make 75%+ hits on a 40" X 36" target at 420 meters with my 91/59. 

FEEDING AND RATE OF FIRE: A bit slower than the Mauser as the stripper clips do not seem to work as well, and the Mosin-Nagant action does not cycle as fast as a Mauser, Springfield, or SMLE.

FIELD STIPPING AND RELIABILITY: Hold the trigger down, pull the bolt back and out, and start scraping with a sharp stick. Reinsert bolt, load, and resume combat.

EVALUATION: I really like the Mosin-Nagant 91 series of rifles. I believe the carbines are most suitable for recon and patrol, but the rifles handle very well as they are light on the muzzle end, and might be the choice if long range harrassment is on your agenda. The very powerful cartridge allows the Mosin-Man to shoot through hard cover such as trees that a 7.62X39mm, 5.45X39mm, or 5.56X45mm would not penetrate. There are also semi-autos in this caliber if you want to use this rifle in the Mini-SAW concept and share a common cartridge. My only critisism of this rifle is the fact that the safety is not fast to disengage, so if the rifle is on safe it will take a second to bring it into action. Even so I often carry my 91/59 and M44 on patrol. On occasion I even use the 91/30. I personally don't have a problem with point man carrying a weapon with the safety off.

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SHORT, MAGAZINE, LEE ENFIELD (SMLE) :

TYPE: Ten shot, stripper clip or magazine fed bolt action.

PRICE: A good SMLE usually runs around $200, often less.

AMMO: Availability good. Slightly higher prices than 7.62X54R, 8mm Mauser.

CARTRIDGE: 303 British. Rimmed Bottleneck. 174 grain .31 caliber bullet at about 2400fps.

CARRYABILITY: Slightly less than the Mauser or Springfield due to more weight towards the muzzle end. Carbine version, the No.5 "Jungle Carbine", being the exception. If you carry one (the No.1 or No.4 rifle) on a regular basis you will adjust.

ACCURACY: Generally a two-inch at 100 meter rifle, but many examples more accurate. I have a No1 Mark III Lithgow that shoots 1.25" five shot groups at 75 meters. Long range accuracy very good, my above mentioned Lithgow hits well at 1200 meters. That's right, 1200. Will also ring a 500 yard gong consistantly.

FEEDING AND RATE OF FIRE: This is where the SMLE leaves the Mausers behind. Uses a conventional ten shot detachable magazine. The SMLE action also cycles VERY fast, considered the fastest cycling conventional bolt action by many. If you lose your spare mags, the rifle also stripper clip feeds from the top of the action as with the Mauser, with five shot clips, so the mag can be filled or topped off without single loading the magazine. The SMLE is usually rated at 20 rounds per minute aimed fire, including stripper clip feeding/reloading. An expert could possibly do better by switching mags, but 20 rounds per minute of accurate aimed fire from a powerful cartridge such as the .303 is pretty awesome.

FIELD STRIPPING AND RELIABILITY: Pretty much on par with the Mauser, the bolt is easily removed and the action accessed.

EVALUATION: Depending on density of wood some SMLE's are very much lighter, or heavier than others, but consider it about a nine pound rifle, or "somewhat" heavy. With light wood they can run around eight pounds or slightly less. For the KISSATA concept, recon and patrol, I'd suggest the No.5 Carbine. They are available as of this writing for under $300, are light, and handle like a dream. The 303 British cartridge is not as powerful as the .30-06, 8mm Mauser or 7.62X54R Russian, but is far ahead of other conventional battle cartridges such as the SKS, M16, and AK47 use. It also fires a somewhat heavy bullet, 174 grains, which gives it better range and penetration power than the velocity figure suggests.

NOTE: A variation of the SMLE is the "Ishapore", or "Ishapur", which is the No.1 Mark III SMLE chambered for 7.62X51mm NATO. These rifles are VERY cheap because the APPEAR to be heavy, clunky, junky rifles. However, under the oversized dented stocks and strange Locomotive black paint that these rifles have on them are some real jewels. (they come from India, but were made under British rule and supervision) Take a heavy rasp to the stocks, trim them down and refinish them, strip off the choo choo train paint and repaint with a flat black epoxy, and you will have a good, solid, quality rifle and companion piece to other rifles in 7.62X51mm on you team(s), a long barrel that will squeeze a little more velocity out of the cartridge, and long range sights for some long range harrassment and sharp shooting.

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MODEL O3 AND 03A3 SPRINGFIELD

TYPE: Five shot stripper clip fed bolt action, U.S. version of the Mauser.

PRICE: Good examples run around $500-$600

AMMO: Common and available as surplus.

CARTRIDGE: .30-06 Springfield, rimless bottleneck. 150 grain bullet at about 2800fps.

CARRYABILITY: Very good, rifle is very similar to the K98k but seems to carry and handle slightly better for me.

ACCURACY: Very fine, generally better than the average Mauser. My example shoots 1.25" groups at 75 meters through the open sights.

FEEDING AND RATE OF FIRE: Same as Mausers above.

FIELD STRIPPING AND RELIABILITY: Same as Mausers above.

EVALUATION: These are really great rifles if you already have one, but at $500 a pop you might just go with a K98k and spend the extra money on ammo. However, like the Swedish Mauser, if you see your place on a rifle team as the expert sharpshooter the 03 or 03A3 may be for you. The .30-06 is powerful and flat shooting, and AP ammo is available. It is also a good rifle to combine with, or support the Garand in the Mini SAW concept, as they both fire the same ammo.

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K31 Schmidt-Rubin

TYPE: Straight pull, six-shot detachable magazine or stripper clip fed.

PRICE: As low as $89 as of this writing.

AMMO: Surplus available but slightly expensive, compared to other surplus ammo, but of extreme high quality. Uses standard .308" bullets and can be reloaded with 284 Winchester brass.

CARTRIDGE: 7.5 Swiss, rimless bottle neck. Power equal to the 7.62X51mm NATO.

CARRYABILITY: Excellent, feels lighter than it's actual weight of eight pounds.

ACCURACY: Excellent. Accuracy was an obsession of the Swiss, a nation of target shooters and riflemen.

FEEDING AND RATE OF FIRE: Straight pull action gives this rifle a high rate of fire, kind of a "twilight zone" between bolt action rifles and semi-automatics. Rifle can be fed both with stripper clips from the top of the action, or by switching magazines.

FIELD STRIPPING AND RELIABILITY: Bolt extracts from the action with a push of a lever, giving full access to the action. The bolt is more complicated than a Mauser or SMLE type turn-bolt and could require more careful cleaning under extreme conditons.

EVALUATION: I love this rifle. If you want an inexpensive, powerful, very accurate rifle with a higher rate of fire than a turn-bolt, this rifle is for you. For me, this rifle carries better than a Mauser or SMLE.

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M95 STYER CARBINE

TYPE: Straight pull five-shot en-bloc clip fed.

PRICE: Under $100

AMMO: Somewhat hard to find.

CARTRIDGE: 8X56R Hungarian, rimmed bottleneck. Fires a big ol' long 210 grain boat-tail bullet of .330" caliber.

CARRYABILITY: Perfect.

ACCURACY: Excellent

FEEDING AND RATE OF FIRE: Uses "en-bloc" clips, which is the cartridges held together by a light/thin metal clip. (same as a Garand) The whole unit is pushed down into the action somwhat like a stripper clip, except the clip stays with the cartridges, and falls out the bottom of the rifle when the rifle is empty. VERY fast loading. Like the K31, rate of fire is very fast, between that of a fast bolt action and a semi-automatic.

FIELD STRIPPING AND RELIABILITY: Push the trigger forward and pull out the bolt. Like the K31, the bolt is slightly more complicated than a turn-bolt, so in theory it would be somewhat more sensitive to dirt, grime, or mud, but less so than a semi auto. However, this rifle was combat proven in two world wars, so reliablilty is not a "issue".

EVALUATION: This is one of my favorite rifles, so it's a real shame that ammo availabiltiy is a concern. Light, powerful, handles like a dream, and accurate too. A good Scout Rifle. If you buy one I would purchase a large supply of ammo at the same time, or before purchasing the rifle.

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SKS

TYPE: Gas operated, ten shot, stripper clip fed semi-auto.

PRICE: Under $200, some importers currently listing them for $119.

AMMO: Possibly the most available and least expensive centerfire ammo on a long term basis.

CARTRIDGE: 7.62X39mm, rimless bottleneck, 123 grain .31 caliber bullet at about 2400fps.

CARRYABILITY: Excellent. Rifle feels lighter than actual weight of eight pounds or slightly less. Short "Paratrooper" versions of the SKS available.

ACCURACY: Fair to good, depending on individual rifle. Generally speaking more accurate than the AKM. My 1955 Russian example is very accurate, but I would still rate the SKS in general as fair to good.

FEEDING AND RATE OF FIRE: Stripper clip feeding is faster than changing magazines, but clips limited to ten rounds. The SKS can be converted to use twenty to thirty round fixed mags, or an adapter to accept AK mags, but my personal opinion is that the SKS should be left "as is" to preserve reliability and handling. Rate of fire is as fast as you can pull the trigger, or around 40 rounds per minute of aimed fire including reloading.

FIELD STRIPPING AND RELIABILITY: Easy gun to field strip, but in a realm different from, or not as easy as the AK, or the bolt and straight pull actions. Like most if not all Russian designed weapons reliability is extreme, especially for a semi-auto.

EVALUATION: I love this rifle. Carries very well, very good accuracy and extreme reliability for a semi-auto. Power level is a step down from the bolt and straight pull rifles, so practical range is reduced to around 300 meters, or about 200 or more meters less than the bigger rifles under normal circumstances. Jeff Cooper calls it the "people's gun", which is a compliment. Low prices at the moment would allow one to purchase a large amount of practice ammo to go along with the rifle. I see the SKS as being able to do a little bit of everything, and if you can only have one rifle it might be the best choice. It's greatest weak point is probably the range limit of the 7.62X39mm cartridge, if this is an issue in your geological location. Having said that, my SKS hits a man-sized target 100% at 420 meters.

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AKM (semi-auto versions)

NOTE: This pretty much covers both the AK47 and AK74, although my experience is strictly with the AK74.

TYPE: Gas operated magazine fed semi-auto (for our purposes)

PRICE: Around $300 and up.

CARTRIDGE: 7.62X39mm or 5.45X39mm, rimless bottlenecked. 123 grain .31 Caliber bullet at 2400fps in 7.62X39mm, 60 grain .220 caliber bullet at about 3000fps in 5.45X39mm.

AMMO: Both cartridges cheap and available, cases of 1000 for under $100.

CARRYABILITY: Possibly the best in my opinion.

ACCURACY: fair to good. (stretching it with the good)

FEEDING AND RATE OF FIRE: Detachable magazine fed, 30 round mag most common, larger capacity mags available. Rate of fire: as fast as your finger or about 50 rounds per minute aimed fire including a mag change.

FIELD STRIPPING AND RELIABILITY: Easier to field stip than the SKS, easy field stripping one of the strong points of the AK. Pull the dust cover, pull out the bolt and recoil spring. Flip a lever and remove gas tube, grab sharp stick, dig out dirt, blow off and re-assemble, load and fire. Extreme semi-auto reliability.

EVALUATION: Great battle rifle when extreme accuracy or long range is not required. 5.45X39mm ammo is VERY light, and MUCH can be carried. It has slightly more range than 7.62X39mm. The AK is an easy rifle to hump long distances, and carry at-the-ready for long periods of time, like all day.

It is my opinion that the 5.45X39mm version of the AK should be chosen over the 5.56X45mm NATO versions. The 39mm cartridge length is what the AK was designed around, so the NATO cartridge is a tight fit. The 5.45X39mm cartridge uses a larger case head than the 5.56X45mm, in addition to the 5.45X39mm cases being made of steel, and operating at slightly less pressure. This translates into greater reliability with the 5.45X39mm over the 5.56X45mm NATO, with only a VERY slight reduction in velocity when comparing the two cartridges. If that sounds confusing, just get one in 7.62X39mm, but pass on the 5.56X45mm NATO versions also known as the SAR3. Russian cartridges work best in Russian rifles.
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BUSHMASTER AR15: Evaluation by Carolina k-9

TYPE: Gas operated magazine fed semi-auto.

PRICE: Around $500 and up.

CARTRIDGE: 5.56X45mm NATO aka .223, rimless bottleneck.

AMMO: Cheap to high end usually very available.

CARRYABILITY: Excellent

ACCURACY: Very good flat shooter usually point of aim point of fire effective kill range out to 500 meters.

FEEDING AND RATE OF FIRE: Feeds very well depending on condition of mags some better then others rate is as fast as trigger can be pulled. (usually rated at 40 rounds per minute aimed fire/semi-automatic.

FIELD STRIPPING AND RELIABILITY: Generally can be field stripped without tools, but a very complex rifle with many springs and pins requiring a good knowledge of weapon to repair major problems. Reliability can be compromised by different ammo types and dirty gas system. Weapon will not cycle with clogged gas tube, but can be single shot and manually cycled by hand in an emergency.

EVALUATION: The AR series of rifle is a good general purpose rifle. Light in recoil and light in weigt. Can be modified into many variations from a little more than a pistol to a 24" barreled bull barrel sniper weapon. The round shoots flat with long range accuracy, leaps and bounds better than an AK type rifle in accuracy, but not in relability. Official US Army AA reports from Mogadishu Africa report of multiple center mass hits required to stop forward progress of "soft targets." (as has been the case in other conflicts. Klick) This weapon lacks true knock down power on larger targets, but with the accuracy available in this weapon it makes a formable weapon to have in possession, when the one who wins is the one who shoots first and shoots straighter. As a general carry weapon in a patrol situation, the little under eight pound rifle is easy on the arms and back, and with the right sling it can be  carried for a good while with little noticeability.

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CETME/SPANISH G3. Evaluation by Adam Green

TYPE: Blow-Back roller delayed Semi-Automatic

PRICE: $300-$400

AMMO: .308 NATO READILY AVAILABLE $30-$40 per 200 Mil-Surp.

CARTRIDGE: 7.62x51mm, 165 grain bullet at 2700fps, energy 2670 foot pounds. Specs will vary on mil-surp ammo.

CARRYABILITY: At 9.5 pounds empty this thing is a pig. (but a pig with tusks!)

ACCURACY: Depends on who is shooting, but capable of unde two inch groups!

FEEDING AND RATE OF FIRE: 20 round box magazine and you can empty one in about 2 seconds. (probably about 45 rounds aimed fire per minute, Klick) Changing mags is kind of tricky. Bolt does not stay open after last shot which means less parts less problems. Delayed blowback operation, it feeds reliably.

FIELD STRIPPING: Big drawback. It's kind of hard to get the butt off so you can clean it, guts held in with two spring pins. Simple after you do it.

EVALUATION: Big, heavy, hard to clean under fire. "This is a  great rifle!" All rifles have a couple of drawbacks, if it wasn't for the phenominal fire power this thing delivers I would use an AK. But this really gets out and touches someone two or three times. If you consider this as your main battle rifle you are going to want to carry it all the time until you get used to it's weight. As with the AK no bolt hold open device, so you may want to count your shots which can be a headache.

Rifle pics below!! Scroll way down, this program is messed up.
The FR8. 7.62X51mm NATO, light, powerful, accurate.
K31 Swiss (Schmidt-Rubin) straight pull rifle. Powerful, accurate, and carries well.
The Chrysler Imperial of Mausers, the Swede Mauser in 6.5X55mm.
The K98k, this is the Yugo M48. Cheapest ammo on the market as of this writing, around $80 per 1400 rounds.
Model 03 Springfield. Highly accurate, some soldiers preferred this weapon over the Garand (semi-auto) in World War II. .30-06 is a very powerful flat shooting cartridge, used by snipers out to 1200 yards in scoped rifles in Viet Nam.
No.4 Short, Magazine, Lee Enfield. Caliber .303 British. High rate of fire for a bolt rifle. Ten shot detachable magazine. Usually considered the fastest cycling bolt action rifle.
No.1 Mark III Short, Magazine, Lee Enfield. My example (Lithgow) will shoot 1.25" groups at 75 meters with surplus African ball ammo. Generally these rifles are about 3" at 100 meter rifles, but are very long-range capable. This is what an Ishapore/Ishapur looks like with minor differences.
The Mosin-Nagant. Can you say "rugged, reliable, and powerful"?? Probably the slowest cycling action, but with practice this would not be an issue. Although not exceptionally accurate at short range, they "range out" very well, my 91/59 carbine will make 60% hits on a 30x24" target at 500 meters with surplus ammo. The full length rifles, as pictured above, carry slightly better than the Mausers and SMLE's due to the lighter wood and hardware towards the muzzle. Oh yes, these rifles, and 7.62X54R ammo are dirt cheap.
The M95 Steyr carbine...what a jewell. Light, handy, powerfull, accurate, high rate of fire with the straight pull action and en-bloc clip feeding. Ammo kind of hard to find, and in the future will dry up faster than other military calibers. Rifles themselves however are very inexpensive and easy to find. If you decide on this rifle I suggest you buy a quantity of ammo, with the en-bloc clips, (usually included) first. Then find a nice rifle.
This is the No.5 Short, Magazine, Lee Enfield, or the carbine version of the SMLE. It is much lighter than the full length SMLE, handles like a dream, and has the SMLE high rate of fire. 20 aimed shots per minute, including reloading, is do-able with a SMLE.
Possibly the best "all around gun" and "bang for the buck". Lacks the power and range of the bolt and straight pull rifles, but usually more accurate than the AKM, and better knock down power than the 5.56X45mm. About 40 aimed shots per minute including reloading.
The infamous AK47 or AKM. High capacity, 50 aimed shots per minute, (semi-auto) rugged and reliable to the extreme. Won't win many accuracy contests though. The AK74 is generally more accurate than the '47 and is supposed to have an extra 200 meter range over the '47. Either one has more than acceptable combat accuracy. I give it the prize for "carryability", but your results may vary. A mil-spec selective fire AK74 looks slightly different than the AK47 pictured above, but the civilian version of the '74 looks just like a '47 except the magazine has less curve. A fully loaded 74 weighs less than a fully loaded 47, and 5.45X39mm ammo is much lighter than 7.62X39mm.
Bushmaster AR15, adjustable CAR stock, sling point behind the receiver, adjustable gas-tube, 16" heavy barrel, handguards with picinany rail, G3 tactical light and sling. The head shots in the target are with surplus grade South African 62 grain FMJ at 100 meters using a BSA red-dot scope.
The CETME. Delayed BlowBack, 7.62X51mm NATO. These are very affordable G3 rifles. Accurate and lots of range.