SKS or AK47 which is for me?

Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by Ruger22lr, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. Ruger22lr

    Ruger22lr New Member

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    I know that they both fire the same round which is the 7.62×39mm and that one is an assault rifle while the other is semi automatic rifle that's about it. Before I buy one or the other I would like to know a bit more about them. I am planning on buying both but would like to know which to buy first. Things like pros and cons.
     
  2. kytowboater

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    Please don't refer to it as an assault weapon. It's not. It's a semi automatic rifle. Same thing as the sks.

    Anyway, what do you want to do more of?
     

  3. Ruger22lr

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    Ah it's a semi automatic then knew it was just making sure because everyone says even though it's semi auto it's still an assault rifle, basically the pros and cons of them, maintenance that kind of stuff.
     
  4. biggerhunter

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    Sks= slightly higher accuracy, few options in the high cap mag department, has good aftermarket parts but they are expensive (trulytactixalsks.com), heavy mofo, high end sks price is around low end Ak price

    Ak47= decent to ok accuracy, lots of cheap mags lots of aftermarket options, slightly superior build quality, lighter than ak's, can be waaaay more expensive than a sks

    Both reliable and have set the standard in 7.62x39 but its your choice man
     
  5. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    A lot depends on the kind if shooting you want to do most.

    If you are more comfortable with a more traditional rifle then I'd go with the SKS and I'd leave the aftermarket crap off of it. Stock 10 round mags are the most reliable and handy that you are going to find.

    If you want tactical with high capacity go for the AK. Fewer small parts. Simpler fire control group. Larger clearances internally.
     
  6. Ruger22lr

    Ruger22lr New Member

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    Yeah I'm going for the SKS then first I would have to say price being the main factor in it.
     
  7. Jpyle

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    Now that you have settled on an SKS are you wanting a Russian, Chinese or Yugoslavian variant? :p
     
  8. Ruger22lr

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    Differences in the variants? If there is any.
     
  9. Jpyle

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    Quality, availability, desirability and price. Many consider the Russian variant to be the best, followed by Yugo then Chinese (Norinco)...YMMV
     
  10. nfafan

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    SKS - vast majority are machined recvrs, with threaded or pressed/pinned barrels. Chinese made a few with stamped steel recvrs and p/p barrels.
    The Yugo SKS variants follow Zastavan tradition of non-chrome-lined barrels. No biggie as long as you are careful with cleaning after any possible corrosive ammo.

    Vast majority of AKs (actually semi-auto AKMs) have stamped recvrs, p/p barrels. The semi-auto "AK-47s" out there would have the machined recvr and threaded or p/p barrels.

    Unless you get a pre-89-ban "AK", it will most likely be a "kit" gun (assembled in USA with blend of original and USA parts - like Century's Polish, Bulgarian, or Yugo AKs), or, an imported gun modified-for-922 to reduce foreign parts count so that it can be made into the "AK" form factor (like the WASRs, M-10s, hi-cap Zastava PAPs, FIME SAIGAs, FEG AMDs).

    Most common imported "AKs" nowadays are Romanian, Serbian (Zastava), or Russian SAIGAs and VEPRS. Again, Serbian "Zastava PAPs" do not have the chrome-lined barrel.
    Chinese AKs havent been imported since the Klinton CHICOM ban.

    Bottom line, many find the "rifle feel" and 20" sight radius of an SKS makes for a better shooter, while the "AK" is just plain wicked fun. Let your wallet be your guide.
     
  11. Ruger22lr

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  12. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    As SKS rifles go, the Chinese guns with the milled receivers are the ones I like best. I like the fact that they have chromed bores. The wood is not as nice as the Russians but other than that they seem to hold their own.

    I don't like all the extra junk up front on the Yugoslav version. I have seen the gas cutoff move under fire and cut gass off in the middle if shooting which is irritating.


    I have seen a few Albanian SKS rifles that were either really nice or just about worn out. These seem fairly rare though.
     
  13. FullautoUSA

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  14. Ruger22lr

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    Oh I am still buying an AK47 just not before the SKS. Currently looking at Chinese and Yugo SKS's.
     
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  16. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    I have a Chinese I got the other day. Shoots great. Accurate.
     
  17. Ruger22lr

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    Hmmm I'm looking at the Chinese SKS's and they are cheaper. Have any problems with yours yet?
     
  18. kytowboater

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    Nope but I've only had it a few days and shot 60 rounds. It's a Pre ban from what I've been told.
     

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  19. Ruger22lr

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    Ah pre ban I'm guessing that's related to the California assault weapons ban? I'm in Ohio the only thing illegal here really is 30+ round mags. And nice I should be able to get one in about 3-4 weeks. So plenty of time to look at them.
     
  20. kytowboater

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    I THINK from what I've been told its the Clinton ban that made these no longer importable. .