Hello, I recently made a thread about buying the 10/22. http://forums.offtopic.com/showthread.php?t=2025622 . I'm enjoying it very much, but I've always had my eye on the SKS since the beginning. I like the fact that it was designed to be rugged and tough. Ammunition is plentiful, and although the accuracy isn't top-notch,I'm sure that its well beyond the capabilities of me. There are a few things that I want to clarify before spending. -I plan on buying from AIM surplus or SOG, since they seem to be very reputable. Are there any other sites I should look into? Gun shows in my area are apparently spotty, and I'd hate to be sold a POS by someone trying to make a couple dishonest bucks. -I live in Maryland. How exactly does the FFL transfer work? Does a gun dealer in my area purchase the gun from SOG or AIM, and transfer it to me for an additional cost? -I noticed that there are many 'grades' of condition. Shooters, good, very good, excellent, etc... do those grades pertain to the quality of the stock, or the gun overall? In other words, are guns bought from the above mentioned sites new, and mechanically identical? I care most about the function of the rifle, and a couple dings here and there would only add character. -What kind of ammunition should I get? Milsurp, or a brand name? Where is the best place to buy ammo in bulk? -How is the recoil of the 7.62x39? The only real firearm I've shot is the 10/22 (my parents aren't very supportive). -Although the primary purpose of this gun isn't for home defense, is the SKS a capable home defense rifle? How are the ballistics of the 7.62? How much should I worry about over-penetration? If possible, could someone give me some examples? (how many phone books, sheets of plywood, etc. it could go through). Maybe I'm not looking hard enough, but I can't find this cartridge tested on the box-o-truth, and my searches for ballistics on google only return results concerning ballistic gelatin. Well, I think this is it. Thanks a lot!