ak vs sks

Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by lostchild, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. lostchild

    lostchild New Member

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    Hi I'm very new to this type of firearm what is the difference between the two? Does one have any advantage over the other? All my other firearms are single shot, and want to go to a semiauto and don't know what to choose. Thanks in advance..... lost
     
  2. orangello

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    I like my SKS quite a bit. It has been equipped with detachable 20 round magazines & a lighter weight stock with an adjustable-length buttstock. It seems to be a bit more accurate than my buddy's WASR-10 (semi-auto AK-type rifle). My buddy's WASR looks a bit more tacticool & is a little lighter weight. His magazines are a tiny bit simpler to use and to eject & replace (no duckbill).

    They do use the same ammo; which is convenient.

    To me, the AK-type is more fun for just plinking while the SKS is better for target practice. The AK-type would probably be easier to handle inside a building, home defense-wise. I would also feel MUCH more comfortable taking the SKS deer hunting, mostly due to its appearance.
     

  3. canebrake

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    Take it from someone who was once an AK 'fan boy', save a few more bucks and get an AR. Or better yet, build one. And buy my AK!
     
  4. crockett007

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    Not much difference really. Obviously the SKS and the AKM are "different" designs as far as the gas operating systems, but, similar in function. There are aftermarket conversions available to convert the SKS to accept detachable mags. My SKS has a better trigger feel than my AK, due to the fact that the SKS is a traditional rifle stock and not a "pistol grip" set up.

    They are both cheap to shoot and reasonably accurate to a point. SKS prices are getting a little ridiculous nowadays. I think you can pick up a WASR 10 AKM clone for less than you can find a used SKS in today's market.

    If you stay away from certain vendors "frankensteined" AKM platforms, and don't mind the "evil rifle" stigma that comes with them, there are some $300 - $400 dollar AK's out there. A good SKS can run you around $500 and up.
     
  5. General_lee

    General_lee New Member

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    SKS for accuracy,

    AK for fun, tacticool plinking.

    You will probably eventually want both:D
     
  6. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    Everyone should own and frequently shoot at least one AK. I've never felt the need to go the route of the SKS, but then again, I've always owned AKs. :)

    Get an AK, make it pretty and enjoy life. ;)
     
  7. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Well, i'm feeling better about paying the $325~ for mine now. :)
     
  8. patret

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    I believe the SKS is more accurate because of the longer sight radius. The AK had a very short sight radius. The RPK has a longer sight radius and is as accurate as a AK but many people don`t know about this type of AK. I do believe that both the SKS and AK are more reliable than the M16 type rifles. They exhaust the spent gas away from the operating system not in it. This is my opinion because I have fired them a great deal.

    patret
     
  9. patret

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    That is one fine looking rifle. Mine don`t have scopes.

    patret
     
  10. ROGER4314

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    I was able to compete with SKS rifles at 200 yards and won a first and second place award. The little rifles will shoot well but they don't have the "cool" factor of an AK-47. Most SKS triggers are long and gritty. I've had a pile of them and only one has a decent trigger. Overall, the SKS is a pretty nice, inexpensive rifle and extremely reliable. I've never had a malfunction with an SKS rifle.

    I attempted to shoot several AK-47's in 200 yard competition but could never get them to group well enough to be competitive. A paper bulls eye doesn't lie and the results were not going to work in a match. Never actually got one to the firing line. The AK-47 has the COOL factor in capital letters. There's not a better looking rifle around and if you stay with man sized targets at 200 yards, they will shoot acceptably well. They are reliable as a rock. I've never had a malfunction with an AK-47. The triggers are better than an SKS but many suffer from "trigger slap" which pops your trigger finger back upon firing.
     
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  11. Josey Wales '94

    Josey Wales '94 New Member

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    That's a Saiga, right?
     
  12. DrumJunkie

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    Heh, that's what I have in mine and it's the M model that uses AK mags.

    @lostchild,
    There are a few different flavors if both the SKS and the AK platforms. The main thing they both have in common [to me] is they both are reliable weapons but the thing that makes them both as reliable as they are is what makes them not as accurate as some other rifles in their style of firearms. Both these rifles where made to feed and fire. even if they are treated very rough. They can get dirty, muddy, run over [Don't try this at home] and still work. The parts are designed to fit pretty loose. So crud has a place to go. In doing this they lose a bit of accuracy, especially over long distances. But that is not to say they are not both worth owning and using. Out of the two I find the AKs to be a little lighter and the accuracy is for the most part the same.

    A SKS will usually be a good bit less expensive ranging 200.00-500.00 depending on model and what was done to it before it got to you. The average SKS I see in shops price at the lower end of the scale. AKs are the same way but will run around 400.00 on the low end to as high as 1,000 for one that has had all kinds of things added to try and make them more accurate and cool looking.

    Either of these rifles are find for hunting and target shooting but you will not make a ragged hole at 100-200 yards. I have hunted with an SKS and know a few that still will use either an AK or SKS rifles and do very well with them. But there are more accurate rifles out there.

    It will come down to what you want to spend on your first semi auto lostchild and just how accurate you want this rifle to be. Cane mentioned an AR, these are more accurate. They are usually more expensive but ther are ways to cut costs like building it yourself. It's not near as hard as it sounds and if you don't run out and get every mall ninja add-on you can get the cost down considerably.

    I own examples of all three of these rifles and I do like them all. Out of them all my AR is the best shooter but I don't have much trouble hitting my target with any of them out at 200 yards [my eyesight wont allow much further].

    If I was getting into semi autos for the first time right now I'd probably go to the SKS first due mainly to price. Then work my way up to having them all. Both the SKS and AK are really fun to shoot. Ammo cost is not too bad and they will fit the needs of most shooters looking for a rifle that can reach out to 250 yards easily. Around here you wont get a shot off more than that with the hilly landscape we have.

    Not taking away from the AR. They are great weapons and the 5.56/223 is a very good round. But thew OP was asking about the AK and SKS so I stayed mostly in that genre.
     
  13. Spas-12

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    Owned Both

    I have owned a few AK and many SKS. There really is a lot of after market parts for the SKS as well as the AK. I usually get in to the SKS for alot cheaper. I have paid as little as $100 bucks for a norinco SKS that was painted camo and had feeding issues according to the previous owner. I stripped the paint with PB blaster that didnt hurt the factory finish. Took less then an hour. The I bought 20rn tapco mags and the gun shoots like a top.

    I sold it for $300 to a friend of mine after I put a folding stock on it to.
    Also it was a preban if that matters to ppl.

    I also owned a Poly tech folding stock. Although it was better built feel then my WASR's It didnt group anywhhere near as good. I sold it for more then double what I had in it.

    But I love the SKS as a good shooting, fun, cheap gun thats decently acc.

    The AK is nice to have and I enjoy shooting mine sumtimes but I always end up shooting my SKS more.

    I prefer the SKS imo but thats me. I do own both though.
     
  14. canebrake

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  15. Josey Wales '94

    Josey Wales '94 New Member

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    My only Saiga is the .308, it does some damage. :D
     
  16. pranc2

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    if it is price and you like the 7.62 x 39mm round than the sks will work

    but if you like ak than that is what you want. the problem is there are alot of cheap crap ak's out there. if it looks cheap and is than it is just that (i.e. century arms) and my ak is alot more accurate than the sks with a way better trigger too. i also paid for all that though and waited almost 8 months for my lancaster milled underfold. do your research and good luck.
     
  17. GunzRgood

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    Shernic

    Who says the SKS can't be tacticool? Check out the new Shernic Bull pup stock.

    [​IMG]
     
  18. GunzRgood

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    SKS Shernic Bull pup stock

    Who says the SKS can't be tacticool? Check out the new Shernic Bull pup stock.

    [​IMG]
     
  19. pranc2

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    there are alot of nice bullpup sks s on this site. i may look into making mine a bullpup for fun.

    is that one a kit gunzRgood?
     
  20. GunzRgood

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