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Old 08-09-2011, 01:01 AM   #11
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I have never payed over 120 for a sks but those days are gone. Everyone is buying sks's becuase they cant afford the AK jump in price. There usta be create and creates of sks at gun shows now not so much under like 220 you got a good deal chrome lined barrel is a plus. Being your age I would wait and save to buy something nice when your allowed
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7.62 x 39...the SKS is the prototype of the AK-47 so they shoot the same caliber ammo...
I don't believe that is correct
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I don't believe that is correct
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the sks and AK were being created at like the same time all the research I have done they were not one before the other but 2 separate designers competing to get there weapon adopted by the military
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the sks and AK were being created at like the same time all the research I have done they were not one before the other but 2 separate designers competing to get there weapon adopted by the military
I may be wrong but I believe the SKS pre-dates the AK by about 6-7 years, 1949 versus 1956.
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Thanks for the SKS link. Interesting.
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The "floating" firing pin thing on the SKS is only a danger if you don't keep it clean, but there are spring-equipped replacements out there for about $50. Regarding magazine size, i use the 20 round mags, but there are wind-up drums for SKS's if that is your thing.
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personally I would go with an AK, I don't like the trigger assembly on the sks, if the safety bar get bent or something happens that messes with that bar it's a pain in the ass. You could always get a saiga they are russian and come in everything from .410 to .308
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I would not buy an SKS, mainly because it does not have a detachable mag...I know that some have been modified to take the AK mag, but I would still pick an AK47, AR15, or MINI14 over an SKS. I bought one back in the 90's for $120, it was a NIB Norinco and it worked good, but it was not up to the same standards as the other rifles I mentioned, and the fact that it did not have a detachable mag was a drag. (IMHO)
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The SKS was intended to have a 10 shot fixed magazine. Some fixed and detachable higher capacity mags work, many do not. The SKS is a rugged, accurate carbine with in its limitations. If you choose to go that route, I would look for a Russian model first. They are pricier but reputed to be the best of the breed. The Chinese Norincos are not military rifles, but commercial copies made for the US market. I have a Norinco that has always worked well. The Albanian models are cool variants that difer from the others, but were imported in much smaller numbers and are probably the most expensive. I would but the Yugos well down the list as they do not have chrome bores and many have corroded bores and gas pistons. They look cool, but many have issues that are not easily corrected as parts are not available. The Yugos were actually issued to line troops and have character.

The AK is a different breed. Reliable, high capacity, but less accurate (generally). The AK47/AKM is 7.62 X 39 just like the SKS. The AK 74 is 5.45 X 39. There are other rifles similar to the AK in other calibers (5.56 X 45, .308, 7.62 X 54R), but these are not really AKs.

I do not see much similarity between the AK and SKS. Perhaps in the gas piston arrangement, but the bolt/carrier is VERY different. To say Sgt. Kalashnikov took any ideas from the SKS is a stretch. Simonov and Kalashnikov likely worked independetly of one another in the development of the rifles.

IMHO to call the Kalashnikov rifles we have in the US by the name AK-47 is a misnomer. An AK-47 is a milled receiver, select fire machine gun. The typical US legal AK is more of a semi-auto variant of an AKM with its stamped receiver and slant brake.
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