It is kinda "FeelsBadMan" moment when the recruits get almost double the skill levels that my original 4-man party has, even though I have ground random encounters and have had boot camp exercises. Luckily the engineer has some nice perks in the skill tree, although it doesn't remove the slight mistake of making the main an engineer with 2 pts in dexterity
The issue was solved in the mission after the German Manor. Found a pack of SVTs, an MG 42 and (unfortunately) a set of PKs.
Edit: I will not be using the silenced rifle, even though I'm trying to collect one of each weapon in the game. Still using the non-silenced one
But then again, I'm weird. I tend to go for the Master Sniper over Always inflicting a ranged critical.