New owner of SKS, educate me.

Discussion in 'Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion' started by gadrooning, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. gadrooning

    gadrooning New Member

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    Just had a friend stop by and I bought a chinese sks for a $150. I figured I can't go wrong for that price. I however don't know anything about sks's. Please educate me on the SKS. It has chinese markings with a a triangle marking that looks like a number 606 in it. The stock is heavily worn, but the mechanics seems sound. The bolt will hold back with an empty clip, but will slam shut as soon as I remove the clip. Is this normal. Also I cannot get a new clip to seat unless I hold back the bolt. Is this normal. Shouldn't the bolt hold back to receive a new clip? Can someone tell me about this. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. suprdave

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    All of this is normal. All is well! Enjoy your new purchase!
     

  3. DrumJunkie

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    You say it's Chinese...It the M or D type that uses AK mags? Made by Norinco?
    The things you mentioned are pretty common. I have a Norinco I got some years back and paid over 150 for.If all the mechanics are fine that you got a great deal. You can always change the stock. You will just have to make sure it will fit the M or D type that use the different mags. If it's wood you get to looking for then this is much more important. Stocks like the Tapco Fusion stocks have some that are made to fit both but also have specific models. I put a Tapco on mine and it has made it a lot more fun to shoot. There's a pic in my gallery here if you wanna see it.:)

    The SKS is a great rifle to shoot. It's pretty accurate but not a tack driver. THe rifle adn ammo wont break the bank so you can get a good but of trigger time. There's all kinds of aftermarket dohickies for them. Try to not get carried away..It will still be an SKS in the end after all. But there all kinds of ways to make your unique to you. Ifthe stock is not too dinged up you can always refinish it. I did the one mine come with and it looks great.
     
  4. freddy-b

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    The SKS is a very good carbine for the money.

    They were designed for stripper clips with a semi config from the beginning...saying that.... the magazine mod is not perfect, and takes practice to swap them out quickly. btw.. I recommend tapco 20 rd mags.

    You can open the bolt without a mag in...open the bolt..push up the little pin/tab then slowly bring the bolt back to rest on it. Still be careful though .its not super sturdy....it could still get your finger pretty good if your not careful.
     
  5. gadrooning

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    how do you know if it is a D or M magazine.
     
  6. freddy-b

    freddy-b New Member

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    Do your mags look like this.[​IMG]

    or this
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  7. HKSlinger

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    Its not, "606" its 666! :eek:
     
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  8. gadrooning

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    Thanks for all the replies.

    Actually this the mag for mine. From looking on the web I guess this is a removable mag for the sks, I guess the ak mags don't fit on mine.

    This is what's stamped on it. It has a triangle marking with 606 in it, three chinese characters following and a seven digit number. From what I can gather it was made in a chinese factory 606. Does anyone know when these were made?
     

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  9. gadrooning

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    Ok I just took the sks apart to clean it. From what I can tell from watching people on youtube disassembling the sks, I seem to have an extra part in mine. My sks had a spring in the piston tube, wapped around the piston. That is in addition to the one directly under the rear sight. Is that suppose to be there? Also can someone recommend some good aftermarket clips and stock. Thanks.
     
  10. orangello

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    I don't have that spring in the gas tube, just the one on the operating rod, under/inside the rear sight assembly. Odd. Maybe the spring was a bit weak? Mine came in what is probably a "ramline" montecarlo-style stock; if you are thinkin more of huntin than plinkin, it might be an option for you to explore, not light though.
     
  11. gadrooning

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    I didn't think so myself, but this is new to me. I am looking for an original 10 round fixed magazine, anyone know where to get one. I can't find one on the net or it is all sold out?
     
  12. orangello

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    Magazine Original 10 Round Magazine SKS Rifles. - $39.00 : Buymilsurp.com, Your source for military surplus.

    They list one with no numbers as well. Are you wanting this for stripper clip usage?


    edit* I gotta ask, have you used the bayonet as a monopod yet? I don't advise sticking it in the ground much.
     
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  13. gadrooning

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    Yep wanting to use stripper clips. I have two detachable mags, but woudl like to have the original magazine as well. Thanks, I found one last night and ordered it along with some stripper clips.
     
  14. DrumJunkie

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    Wow you're going the wrong way :eek: ..HEH, That's one of the great things about the SKS is you can go several different ways with them. I have always thought they where one of the most fun carbines to shoot there is. Watych the gun showsa and online dealers for ammo sales and you can get it pretty cheap. I sure wish it go back to pre BO prices. Before that guy they dang near gave the stuff away.
     
  15. gadrooning

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    I was reading on some of the other forums, can't remember which right now, that the prices of sks has remained high because there are not allowing any more imports of them. I am not really sure if this is true, but it should sure would explain the price jump like on the original mags. and scarcity of parts. Can someone varifiy if this is true.
     
  16. DrumJunkie

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    I've talked to a few shop owners and while some say they have heard that others are saying it's BS. So I really can't say. If that was the case I'd imagine the price will spike some time soon though. They are still cheap when compared to AK's.
     
  17. orangello

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    I was gonna mention how they have stripper clips at every gunshow i've been to, and usually for cheap. If you decide you want a receiver cover-based scope mount, holler first; i have tried two and they are both now in the spares pile and would be available for someone else to be disappointed in.

    Have you seen the peep sights? Tech-SIGHTS Precision Shooting Accessories I am in the process of adding some to my SKS, having a bit of difficulty with the removal of the pin in the receiver cover latch rod thingy.
     
  18. gadrooning

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    funny you mention that I was just looking at that exact sight. Also I too had a really difficult time removing the pin of the latch cover. I found out my cover was not seating properly because some idiot who had this before I did must have smack the back of the receiver with a hammer and created a raised lip on the back. They must had the same problem as well. A little light filing with a metal file and it seats fine now. Pin pops right off. Also notice some lacquer build up on the bottom of the receiver was causing the cover not to sit properly as well. I wonder if this is from the lacquer from the ammo, or someone tried to finish this without taking the stock off. In either case it works fine now. I think I am going to pick up the tapco t6 stock. Hope this thing is as nice as people have been posting. I have to say, the sks is a wonderfully simple rifle. Easy to work on and easy to fix.
     
  19. orangello

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    I am happy with the t6 i have on my SKS. I will say, though, that it makes the rifle seem a bit front heavy (mine has the full-length barrel, not the "paratrooper").
     
  20. Laufer

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    Congratulations!:)
    Just in case you've not yet read about "slam-fires":

    They might be quite rare, but a guy at a range in Sacramento was killed when this happened. An article in "the Sacramento Bee" describes it.
    People claim that they are caused by some dirt or cosmo being left in the firing pin channel. The firing pin can somehow get stuck and protrude a bit. You can learn lots at "SKSboards".

    My Norinco is very typical and gets used more often than anything (except the .22) as the main plinker, to avoid using higher-priced ammo in the Garand or reloading time for the :):) Enfields.
     
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