SKS Variances

Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by SmokyMtnHiker, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. SmokyMtnHiker

    SmokyMtnHiker New Member

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    To all you SKS ppl out there I'm looking into getting an SKS for no other reason than because I want one. And that I would like a semi-auto rifle that I can afford and is affordable to take to the range. I also want to get an AR too, but the one I want is out of my price range at the moment.

    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.
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    The standard SKS should not fall under 922R, since it lacks the "evil features" that trigger 922R. Those are:

    High capacity (greater than 10 round for rifles, 5 rounds for shotgun) magazines
    - Pistol grip attachment
    - Folding buttstock
    - Muzzle device/attachment (to include a threaded barrel capable of receiving a device)
    - Bayonet lugs

    Bottom line- buy from a dealer, the gun he sells you should not be a 922R problem. AK47, possible problem. Evil features, ya know.

    Many folks have attempted to add detachable mags to an SKS, usually with miserable results. The Chinese DID have two fairly scarce versions that were made to use AK mags. I THINK they were the D and S models, but not sure.

    The Yugos have a gas shut off valve that is sometimes a source of trouble. Their bores are usually non-chromed and may not be the best. Russian and Chinese are (IMHO) about the best you find.

    I DO have one that is scoped using a mount on the bolt cover. However, that one was hand-fitted to the rifle, and is tighter than a Scotsman. Many fit loosely, do not give good results.

    Am looking at sale flyer right now from Southern Ohio Gun- A Yugo 59 is $295, a 59/66 is $350, an Albanian is $340.

    However, there will be other opinions.
     

  3. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    If you want to "tax out" an SKS, and have it take AK mags you wil be starting with a fairly rare SKS to begin with and will be paying close to AK prices before you go adding Tapco furniture etc. when you go to sell it you will have reduced its value. Why not just buy an AK clone to begin with?
     
  4. therewolf

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    Ahhh, you mean besides it having a machined, rather than

    stamped receiver, and the inherently longer sight radius?
     
  5. KG7IL

    KG7IL Active Member

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    Be sure and look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SKS for some info.

    I like the SKS in stock form and like to see the manufacturing variances of the original, unmodified versions.

    It is hard to imagine that you'll add anything that will make it more reliable or functional, much less more valuable.
    But what the heck, trick one out if you want
     
  6. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  7. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    I tend to agree with you. I like the SKS very much but appreciate it most just the way it came. It's not to bad to reload with stripper clips and its handy and easy to shoot in field positions, like prone, with its shorter mag.

    I will say that now that I have transferred to the Pacific Northwest a synthetic stock may not be s bad idea for wet weather use to protect the original.
     
  8. SmokyMtnHiker

    SmokyMtnHiker New Member

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    I was on sootch's youtube channel watching him swap out the wooden stock for the Tapco stock. And his SKS had a detatchable mag..or the aftermarket made it a detatchable. Im on here with my phone so i'll copy the link to my next post.

    I may even get two; keep one original and refinsh the wood and then 'tac' out the other ???

    That brings up another question: what types of wood are they made?
     
  9. SmokyMtnHiker

    SmokyMtnHiker New Member

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0xsY-nlk1A&feature=youtube_gdata_player
     
  10. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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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.
     
  11. KG7IL

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  12. orangello

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    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 :D , 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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  13. Werminator

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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...
     
  14. therewolf

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    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? :confused:
     
  15. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    He can just borrow his kid's .22.
    :p
     
  16. Threetango

    Threetango Audentes Fortuna Iuvat Supporter

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    I've been happy as Brittany Spears psychologist with these two . :D

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  17. KG7IL

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    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.
     
  18. fortinsj

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    Where could you get one of those 20 rounders?
     
  19. therewolf

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    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...