SKS,The Russian Variant

The SKS was originally a russian military rifle but got pushed by the wayside by the AK 47.

Performance

This rifle will chew up and spit out any and all ammunition.Even when it is dirty it keeps firing.My SKS will shoot a 1.5 inch group at 100 yards with the factory sites,not bad for an "assault rifle"!

Features

10 round box magazine,meter adjustable open sites,stripper clip feed,blade bayonet,easy field strip,fair weight and handling,mild recoil,built in cleaning rod and cleaning kit,user friendly ergonomics

Appeal

the appeal of this weapons platform is the fact that you can build it into a custom rifle with bolt on goodies.it is also suited to small and medium sized game hunting with the .30 caliber cartridge.not to mention the fact that it is one of the original"assault rifles"!and the cheap price of buying one and ammo is real reasonable under normal circumstances(pre-Obama)

Summary

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The SKS was originally a russian military rifle but got pushed by the wayside by the AK 47.

Performance Rating: 
9
Performance: 

This rifle will chew up and spit out any and all ammunition.Even when it is dirty it keeps firing.My SKS will shoot a 1.5 inch group at 100 yards with the factory sites,not bad for an "assault rifle"!

Features Rating: 
9.5
Features: 

10 round box magazine,meter adjustable open sites,stripper clip feed,blade bayonet,easy field strip,fair weight and handling,mild recoil,built in cleaning rod and cleaning kit,user friendly ergonomics

Appeal Rating: 
9
Appeal: 

the appeal of this weapons platform is the fact that you can build it into a custom rifle with bolt on goodies.it is also suited to small and medium sized game hunting with the .30 caliber cartridge.not to mention the fact that it is one of the original"assault rifles"!and the cheap price of buying one and ammo is real reasonable under normal circumstances(pre-Obama)

Overall Rating: 
9.25

i picked up this rifle only because of the cheap surplus ammo.when i began to shoot it regularly i quickly realized the accuracy and function of this weapon.whether i buy cheap steel case ammo,milsurp ammo or if i handload for this gun it will go bang every time.i found out the accuracy of this gun by accident,i was shooting at pieces of clay pigeon at 100 yards that were laying on a dirt bank and by gorra,i was hitting them!i then hung a paper target and shot a 15 round(the ammo i had left that day)group which when measured was within 1.5 inches.not bad for open sites and not that great of eye site.since then i have put on a 4 power scope and can really appreciate what this gun will do.i would not hesitate to hunt with this gun or defend my family.it is user friendly and functions flawlessly.

8 Comments

3 years 32 weeks ago, 8:07 AM

TLtactical

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The SKS is one of my all time favorite weapons.... It gets far less credit than it deserves mostly due to people wanting fast drop high capacity mags... Say what you will, it is a great value for this accurate and reliable of a package!

PS: We do bolt jobs on these so you don't have to hold the bolt open to install aftermarket mags... For $40 that nightmare is gone!

PSS; The only mags I have ever used that work in these are the TAPCO 20rd mags... Don't waste time or money buying the other junk ones... If someone has had good luck and really tested the quality of another I would love to hear about it too!

Best Regards TL “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” ---Aristotle Greek critic, philosopher, physicist, & zoologist (384 BC - 322 BC)
3 years 32 weeks ago, 9:39 AM

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I thought the SKS was the Chinese version of the AK??? I guess Im wrong?

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3 years 32 weeks ago, 2:22 PM

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SKS

I got 1 left ( others had to go for child support) put a M-4 TAPCO stock on and the mags that go with that. You never see on TV people hunt with it as it is not the U.S.A. rifle :>( great for the swamp/woods of florida and am getting rounds that go BOOM when they hit " he he " got my 308 scope on it ( way big for the rifle but I think it works better then the little one's),only bad thing is I do not get to go out there much any one to shoot :>( WORK...............TY

P.S. ever hear of a recall on them? LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

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3 years 32 weeks ago, 2:37 PM

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tg007

An SKS has been on my want list for awhile. It's my understanding that the russian versions are best, followed by Hungarian, and Chinese least best.Do you think it's worth the difference in price to go with the Russian SKS?

3 years 32 weeks ago, 3:39 PM

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badlanding47

I have a russian and my yugo shoots just as good.

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3 years 32 weeks ago, 5:43 PM

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read on all of them and see what $$$$ you got? If you can shoot a few plus how good a shot are you,ammo,etc I got CHINSES as that is what there was......... good luck TY

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3 years 32 weeks ago, 6:31 PM

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SKS

Thanks reaper and TG007. Meant to say Yugoslavian not Hungarian. Looked at some Yugo SKs online and the reviews seemed good. Been saving up to go on a gun buying spree, but now a little set back as my computer crapped ouit..so I;m using the wifes machine. I don't really want to spend $500 on a new computer,but it's better than fighting the wife for computer time. For $500 I could buy two of the guns on my want list, Both .22s

3 years 32 weeks ago, 4:16 AM

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HEY BAd landing

for PC try hsn & qvc I do and u can make payments on a bank card they ship u it and u pay the 1 month pAYMENT very koool but try to fixing the pc how old and every thing,best buy will check it out WELCOME TO THE FAMILY.............................TY

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