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musicman 12-09-2012 05:51 AM

SKS Bullpup - to convert or not to convert
Thanks for taking time to read my post and giving me your opinions. I have a yugo SKS. When i bought it was rocking full TAPCO furniture so I guess the purists would say it had been ruined (modernized) already. But. Since I'm only in the gun a couple hundred bucks, I have some room to experiment. So I stumbled upon sks bullpup conversions. I am not looking or an sks purist point if view. Before anyone gets offended I mean no harm I have read other forums and it seems that is the only type of response. I can understand and appreciate your position and I'm sure i am purist about some things you are not. So anyway... What bullpup conversion works best for yall? Do you regret doing it? Any info is appreciated. Thanks!

musicman 12-09-2012 05:52 AM

Also i did a search for this topic and i couldn't find any on this forum. Before someone posts a link hehe

SSGN_Doc 12-09-2012 02:36 PM

What are you hoping to gain from the conversion? About the only real gain I see is compact size. Ergonomics usually do not improve much for many controls such as the charging handle and safety. The trigger usually gets worse. Having your head closer to the chamber can result in discomfort from heat in some designs. If you use detachable mags they are not as easy to swap. If you stick to stripper clips the action being further back does not speed things up either.

musicman 12-09-2012 03:13 PM

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Thanks for your response! I am not a competition shooter, not a zombie killer or doomsday prep, not a bounty hunter just a guy who loves guns and messing with them. I don't really have a problem with the Tapco tactical sks I have now.
(see attached photo) But more of just looking for something different. IF I was trying to enhance anything it would be the length/front heaviness. Also, this is not my hunting gun. In what way would the trigger get worse? In feel? Reliability? I can only find a few designs that were made for sks and they either look bad or have bad reviews. The one in question for now is the sgworks Shernic gun works. I haven't heard anything bad about these. If the only thing that really changes is the trigger feel i can get over that. If not well we can go from there haha.


SSGN_Doc 12-09-2012 04:09 PM

All I was really saying is that taking a gun that was designed in one configuration and shoe horning it into a different configuration usually results in enough negatives in handling to negate any benefits. Again the only benefit that I see is getting a more compact package.

As far as the trigger goes, it usually is made worse because new linkages are required to be used that may add drag, weight, and reliability issues. Since your existing trigger and lockwork will all be further rearward near your armpit a new trigger is usually used and attaced to either your existing trigger or a piece replaces it and connects to teh new trigger.

If you jsut want something different, then a bullpup may be fine. If you really want compact size and don't care about the other possible deminished practical attributes, then you may not be disappointed either. Some folks do these conversions though and find that the resulting changes in handling really other them.

I tned to be more of a purist myself, but don't see a problem with folks trying new things or making something more practical for their needs. I just like folks to know what they may be geting into before they drop thier cash, and may have to spend it again.

musicman 12-09-2012 04:27 PM

I totally get what you're saying. This was helpful!

nfafan 12-10-2012 03:16 AM

I followed another forum thread on the exact same topic; results were kinda "meh..." Kewl gun, but didn't sound like he was thrilled at what he spent to finally get there.

Suggest more Google and some Youtube time before you spend a cent towards this.

LKermit 12-17-2012 10:06 PM

Bullpup Stock Builder

Originally Posted by musicman (Post 1045416)
I totally get what you're saying. This was helpful!

I just finished this build for a customer. I use a solid trigger bar to eliminate the spongy, sloppy trigger feel that the wire actuated stocks suffer from. I also do left-hand bolt carrier conversions so that the old pearlie whites don't get broken:

Until you have shot one of those rifles in bullpup configuration, you can't really know how much better the balance and aimability are, IMO.


musicman 12-18-2012 05:17 AM

First iff that is beautiful work. Second what caused those failures? Mag? Bad rounds? Third what does this kit cost? How can i get one?


LKermit 12-18-2012 08:58 PM

Thanks, musicman.

I have been building the stocks for about three years now.

I believe that the cold weather, brand new magazines and the superfluous shell deflector on the Chinese rifle was causing the rounds to stovepipe. I have taken the deflector off and it cycles just fine now.

The rifle in the video has an extended, left-hand bolt carrier added, to facilitate left-hand shooting. The carrier conversion runs $30 using your bolt carrier shipped to me. I return it free. I can also do the Albanian style, on either side of the carrier:

I charge $199 for each stock, no matter what the wood (within reason), stain and finish, shipped to your door, insured. Turn around time is 4-5 weeks, unless I get my cnc router set up and turning out product in a shorter time......:D

I have two other styles of wood stock also:

The "Thing"

And the "Thompson":

There is no price difference, except for the carry handle ($20) and/or a hand guard ($20). I can also install a chin picatinny rail for a forward grip on the AUG style ($20).

To order, you can PM me and we can get the process started.


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