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Old 10-28-2012, 11:20 PM   #11
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They make great subjects of a collection.
But there is some room for improvement as shooters.
Mostly it's the trigger.

Are some variants better than others? (Gosh I wish I had enough to do a test).

Has anyone improved the trigger action? I found this link. http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?170931-do-it-yourself-sks-trigger-job&p=1323696#post1323696

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Old 10-29-2012, 05:05 PM   #12
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Found a fairly good sight on markings.
http://www.yooperj.com/SKS-1.htm

and some info here http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Identifying_sks_rifle_manufacturer_by_serial_numbe r

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I have a few questions though: 1) Would the SKSs that are in their wooden stocks be 922r compliant? 2) Which variant has the detatchable orginal magazine? 3) Which variant would go with and why?

My plan is to turn an SKS to the 21st century, like every one else, by putting it in to a Tapco stock/handgaurd, mounting a scope and replacing the bayonet with a bi-pod.
I did this a couple of years ago. I bought an SKS with an aftermarket stock of the montecarlo persuasion. I then put it in a Tapco stock with a multi-position buttstock and a rail on the gastube cover. Since my Norinco came with a bayonet still mounted , i bought the 922 compliance kit from Tapco that included enough parts to make my SKS 922-legal, even with the pig sticker. I think the kit had a gas piston, operating rod, and some other bits that were easy to install to get my parts count right with the law.

I also tried to mount a scope on the lil bugger with a few different devices. I was not satisfied with the results. I did get the techsights peep sight kit for it, and was disappointed with how much "fitting" was required in the Tapco stock (back of the bolt cover).

http://www.tapco.com/section922r/
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I personally had a nice Norinco (chinese) SKS as a kid (admittedly only a decade or so ago) that I loved. The iron sights worked well. We tried the scope thing too, and like most others with dissapointing results. I sold that rifle in hopes of finding a better deer getter. I actually traded that rifle and a hundred bucks for a Winchester Model 70 all weather in .243. I was and still am in love with that rifle but I have always had a nagging desire to put a SHTF rifle back in my collection so I turned to another Norinco. Cost vs. performance and features it is one of my favorites. I was even lucky enough to get one that is sighted in well enough that I shoot stationary clay pigeons at about 80 yards with reasonable consistency. Not every shot but enough to know I could hit a larger target with ease. Simple maintenance and a gun I am confident will be there when I need it? I am one happy man...

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They make milled AK models as well. And as far as sight radius goes ther are options for lengthening the AK sight radius as well,(check out Tech-Sight for a rear mounted replacement sight that is pretty solid). But in practical terms AKs are more accurate than a lot of people give them credit for.
Soo, instead of getting an SKS for less than you'd pay for a cheap

AK, you think this guy should spend three times as much for a

milled AK, with improved sights? Alrighty then, but why not just

spend that much money on a good AR?
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spend that much money on a good AR?
He can just borrow his kid's .22.
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I'm so glad to see this thread spring up.

I've been wanting a semi auto rifle for general purposes for a while, and I've decided to go with an SKS myself. I'm just now getting into the research phase of the purchase. Will likely be February or thereabouts before I buy.

My reason for the SKS, it has what I need, and nothing I don't in its most basic stock configuration. Cheap plentiful ammo. Powerful enough to drop a deer or a man.

Uber basic, super simple, well within my price range.

I'll be keeping it entirely stock. If I can get my hands on a model that takes AK mags, that would be great. If not, stripper clips with a 10 round fixed mag will serve me perfectly fine for my purposes, those being basic work rifle, game getter, beater, SHTF survival.

I like the AK, but I simply feel the SKS would suit me better. I'm very familiar with the AR, having been trained on the platform, but I don't like their price tags.

And of course, I want a Tula. That star and arrow, and ruskie red finish is just damn sexy.

I'll be following this thread with great interest.
I've been happy as Brittany Spears psychologist with these two .

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I've been happy as... with these two
I like the 20 round magazine on the leftmost rifle. I have found mine to be as reliable as the 10 round, and none of the hassle generated by the 'removable' or AK mods.
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Where could you get one of those 20 rounders?

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Where could you get one of those 20 rounders?
Rotsa ruck, buddy.

Look for one with a star on it, stamped outwards.

Snap up one in good condition, if you can find one.

Check all the usual internet suppliers...
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