I have owned both a Chinese type 56 SKS and a Yugo with the grenade launcher garbage which I removed and disposed of. My opinion is that the Chinese one was extremly the best and I purchased one for my Grown Son, EX Army, Iraq Vet for Christmas and he loves it ! I once modified the chinese one that I first had to take AK mags, ordered the parts from a man in Houston, TX, do not recall the name or place. Was considerable work but a wonderful modification. I moved from the SKS world from that wonderful rifle to the AK world but for long lasting, well made and machined rifles, the SKS it much better made.
NRA Lifer Since 1968
Former Texas NG