ak 74 very realiable weapon and dosnt break or jam the russian knew how to build guns they have a madiefied version but i forget what its called and its not a survivalist rifle a bit old but still good only knew guns i like are berreta and sub machine guns
This brings to light the fact that not only do you need weapons and ammunition but also spare parts, solvent, and lubrication as part of their supply stash. As far as lubrication, I've seen people use motor oil, cooking oil, and even cut open a vitamin E caplet filled with fish oil for their firearms.
I still like truly prefer older weapons more. The bolt action rifle stands out aginst the test of time. A WWII Kar98 has a record of shooting through five people at once. Plus, the fact you have to reload after every shot makes you conserve ammo and makes sure that you make every shot count. Another, even better, bolt action is the M1 Garand. In WWII, most german snipers preferred captured M1 Garands to their own Kar. The range is better, the bolt is easier to work, the firepower is higher, it's a decently cheap weapon nowadays, the ammo is common, and it dosent jam at all, really. The M1 is also easier to clean than most weapons.
uh you got that backwards, the Americans would use KAR-98 for sniping because the M1 lacked the same range and when you ran out of ammo the 'PING' when the cartridge would eject to the M1 would gave them away every time...and the M1 is not bolt action unless you count unloading and reloading the cartridge after one shot every time...unless you meant the Springfield in the first place...then i can agree.
i would have to say modern weapons are better than older ones since modern were designed to outperform predecessor's, otherwise we would all be using the old weapons today.
but i use the Vitamin E tablets for lubing my pistol...since its the only official weapon i have...
How much older are we talking about? I'm thinking going literally "old school" on their undead asses. Every weapon that everyone has mentioned so far requires ammunition and the possibility of it jamming. Plus additional cleaning kits and oil and lube that will one day run dry. This ultimately means more weight on your shoulders and less space in your ruck sack.
Solution: medieval weaponry. Granted, that some of the periods broadswords, axes, and maces can weight up to 8LBS and up. They never need to be reloaded or cleaned (its not a necessity, I don't think. Think of each blood splatter on your medieval weapon as a badge of honor). That covers close range.
Long range: Crossbow. Highly accurate and again needs less to maintain its effectiveness. If you run out of ammunition no need to panic. That's saying that you have a pocket knife or a sharp rock. Get some decent sized branches, whittle it down to a sharp point and bam! more ammunition.
Availability: low?...depending....Depending if you live close to a museum. Loot their medieval section for their weapons. I doubt that anyone would be thinking about going to a museum to pick up weapons. I think that the majority of the populi would be raiding sporting good stores and gunsmiths for weapons during the Zpoc.