I see threads about the Kalashnikov vs the AR, 1911 vs Beretta, etc. To me these types of discussions are often apples and oranges: From what I can tell, the AK is meant to be a volume fire weapon first, while the AR is a precision rifle first. The 1911 is meant to do maximum damage to a body while the Beretta seems more geared toward penetration.
Anyway, I figure, let's compare two platforms firing the same round so that is no longer a factor.
Let's say you have two choices for a defensive arm: An unmodified SKS or an unmodified, semi-auto Kalashnikov WASR copy.
You will be grabbing this rifle as you exit your house in a bug-out situation.
You will have as much ammo as you can carry or find, and you will have as many clips or magazines as you desire.
Cleaning opportunities will be minimal, and your kit will likely consist of little more than a knotted shoestring dipped in oil or animal fat and dragged through the barrel.
Targets will be engaged from 0 to 300 yards. You will have the benefit of a bayonet.
You should expect to use the rifle as a club if needed.
You have whatever pistol and ammunition you're wearing when you take off, as well as whatever knife you happen to be carrying, but the rifle will be your main weapon to get you safely from point A to point B.
Which do you choose? The AK clone or the SKS, and why?