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Old 02-26-2016, 01:39 PM   #1
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I have one and I am asking if anyone knows if there is an after market add on that would allow AK magazines to be used?
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Old 02-26-2016, 01:43 PM   #2
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I use a 30 round "SKS" aftermarket mag, some sks were made to use an AK-47 mag
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The Chinese made two versions that used standard AK mags for export, the D and M models. I am surprised no one has replicated the adaptation the Chinese used so one could retrofit a "normal" SKS
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The Chinese made two versions that used standard AK mags for export, the D and M models. I am surprised no one has replicated the adaptation the Chinese used so one could retrofit a "normal" SKS
You can add these to the factory built AK mag mix, also:

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There is a myth that you can adapt AK mags to fit the SKS. What actually has to be done involves some serious machine work by someone who is knowledgeable and can weld as well as fabricate some small pieces.

It can be done, but is risky, time consuming and expensive, especially if you hire it done. You may also end up with a scrap receiver. The sides around the mag will be excessively thin, even if it functions.

Best thing to do is buy one that has been factory built, or buy an AK to begin with. Accuracy typically isn't much different, and the prices of the SKS's mentioned is in the $600+ range anyway.

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Others have already given you most of the options. Use after market 30 rnd mags for SKS, major overhaul to adapt the rifle to take AK mags.

This has been my observation and my opinion. It probably won't be what you want to hear. You don't have to listen to me, but here goes:

If 30 rnd capacity is really a priority, as well as the ability to use AK mags, then one should buy an AK. The after market mags aren't always the most reliable or the easiest to insert or do mag changes with. The machining mods will be about as expensive as buying an AK if one chooses to modify an SKS to take the AK mags.

An SKS is a very good carbine the way it is. If higher capacity is desired there are good 20 rnd Chinese fixed mags that are reliable. An SKS is not an AK. They are usually at their best being left mechanically as close to stock as possible.
SKS values seem to be climbing for unmodified rifles. Find a collector to sell it to and put the money toward an AK if you want an AK.
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I've got a 30 round mag for my SKS but it is a bit cumbersome to use. You have to remove the lower magazine assembly and then the magazine, which has a latch mechanism at the top, slides into the bottom of the receiver. I'd post a picture of it but can't recall where I have the thing. I believe it is the attic. I've gotten pretty good with the stripper clips.

And on that note, are the stripper clips still available?

I've got an aftermarket stock and scope on mine.

Years ago I did see an SKS that took AK mags at a gun shop. It had a shorter barrel and was displayed with a 75 round drum inserted. It was advertised as a "Paratrooper" model and was very expensive compared to the regular SKS.

Edit: This thread brought back a memory. I recall seeing the SKS for the first time while in Tonkin Gulf. A Marine helo landed on the ship to bring in some wounded and inside of the helo was a pile of very well worn SKS's. They looked to me like a bunch of junk but the battle hardened Marine standing by the helo assured me that they were a very lethal weapon.
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My experience is that, yes, you can do it,

but along with the expense goes the reliability.

A lot of jams, for me, every 4th round, or so.


For the cost of an SKS these days, not worth it.

People used to get a good SKS for 75$, do a hack job,

and be able to run 30 round mags.(not reliably)

These days the cost of even a beat up SKS is too high

to make it worth the effort. As somebody said, "sell

the SKS, and get an AK".

Personally, I like the machined receiver on the SKS, and

somehow, someway, 10 rounds will do...
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>>"sell the SKS, and get an AK".<<

This......
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My SKS are more accurate than my AK
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>>"sell the SKS, and get an AK".<<

This......
Keep the SKS and save up for the ak
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