Years ago I wrote a piece on how one might get ready for a SHTF scenario in 10 weeks. It’s been posted elsewhere as well as here, although here it was done in a 5 part series (Pt 1, Pt 2, Pt 3, Pt 4, Pt 5 ). In part 2 I make reference of a Mauser K98 or the M48 for a general purpose SHTF rifle. Yes, right now you can get AR’s for just over the price of a M48, however the learning curve on the M48 is a lot less steep than the AR. Bolt guns are stupid simple, cycle of operation wise, and the Mauser is the gold standard of ‘take a beating and still be operational’ rifles. Mine is going to be for that person who has no rifle, but can learn quickly, and that’ll be one more rifle aimed at the zombies, should the time come. Recently, I was given the opportunity to purchase a Yugoslavian M48 rifle, technically a Kar 98k variant still in cosmoline. Currently, I’m piecemeal cleaning the preservative from all of its parts and putting into shooting condition.