When talking with SKS rifle shooters the question always pops up. What’s your favorite make? Russian, Chinese, or Yugoslavian? Most times people will say the Russian SKS or some one might even say that they want a Sino-Soviet! What ever the flavor they are in my opinion great rifles to have fun at the range with, and cheap to shoot.
The SKS is a semi auto rifle firing the 7.62x39 cartridge from a 10 round fixed magazine that is charged with 10 round stripper clips. The rifle feature a folding bayonet, short stroke gas piston action, and locks open after the lost round is fired.
So for our Russian SKS lovers here is a 1955 Russian SKS from the Tula factory.
This example has all matching parts gun.
Going on a run and gun with a SKS rifle is pretty fun. You will always have a cleaning kit with you housed in the buttstock.
The Russian and sino-Soviet rifles have chrome lined barrel and chamber. The Chinese and Yugo rifles to my knowledge do not.
Now for my answer to the question what SKS do I like best the trophy goes to the Chinese paratrooper SKS.
The Chinese where no slouches when it came to producing SKS rifles I believe they have made 24,000,000 of them! The Russian SKS, to my knowledge they only made 15,000,000+ of the SKS.
The SKS Chinese paratrooper rifle was never a issued weapon. It was a rifle that the U.S. and Australian dealers wanted to sell to their markets, so the Chinese cut and recrowned the rifles down to 16.5 inches and re-pinned the bayonet and front sight post. Even having a shorter barrel they seem to be the most accurate of the variations.
So what do you think?
What SKS do you like best?
Show off your SKS!