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.