Because you know more about firearms than I do.QUOTE=Viper;338390]I know I'm gonna sound like some a-hole, but really?. Why would you ask a bunch of strangers on a web site what they think YOU should do. It's your life, wife and friend. Plan for and do what YOU think is the best course of action for YOU and yours.[/QUOTE
The exact answer I was looking for . Thank you sir.If those are your requirements then you should consider a WASR 10. Cheap, durable, never had a feed jam, or fail to fire.
You could bury it in mud, dig it up, wash it off, and start shooting.
500- 600 dollar price range will get you upgraded optics and better hardware than factory issue.