Originally Posted by Quentin
The SKS used to be a bargain, at one time you could get one under $100. I got mine, a Yugo, around six years ago when they were about $100 and the WASR 10 AK was about $300. It was a lot of gun for the money but then the price jumped up over $400 for a while and back down to $300+. Since the price is now close to a WASR 10 you want to compare them and decide which way you want to go. I ended up with both since they're both well worth having around.
I have no real complaints, it worked right out of the box and is a pretty accurate rifle considering the 7.62x39 cartridge. I have to agree with the positive comments in this thread, it's a good rifle that shoots a good cartridge that doesn't cost much. Just shop for price and make sure you get a good one. The Yugo is pretty muzzle heavy but you can remove the grenade launcher to improve that.
I have to agree about the muzzle-heavy yugo, I fired a friend's
the other day. I noticed it helps get you back on target by
fighting muzzle flip. The Russians are lighter and better
balanced, till you pull the trigger.
For those of us who either can't see 300+ yards with the naked eye,
or are looking for a good casual plinker that's not a .22, IMO
you can't do better. I've got a Garand, Marlin, and others. I can afford to buy any gun I want, but mysteriously, my SKSs wound up being:
1-my truck gun
2-my favorite shooter
My other "MOA" guns may technically shoot
better, but I just
don't generally choose them when I go to the range. And I trust
the SKS dependability better than my AK.