Show Us Your Weapon of War – SKS

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N’s ​Yugo Type 59 7.62×39 SKS


  1. avatar Andy says:

    Don’t Yugo’s have the grenade launchers?

    1. avatar Steve In MA (now RI) says:

      I believe that’s the 59/66

    2. avatar 907sig says:

      That’s the 59/66 you’re thinking of

    3. avatar Ralph says:

      I don’t believe that the Yugo M59 had a grenade launcher. I think the launcher was first featured on the Yugo M59/66.

  2. avatar James in Houston says:

    I have the Chinese SKS with a blade bayonet. The LOP on mine is beyond horrible. Trying to find an aftermarket stock that I can shoulder without slacking my arm on my supporting hand.

    1. avatar Roy says:

      Have tried wearing a thicker coat? Like maybe one you would wear in Siberia to fight capitalist?

    2. avatar jwm says:

      It’s not just Russian guns. Most of the old school milsurps had shorter stocks. Soldiers wore greatcoats and they just weren’t as big as modern American men.

    3. avatar Slick says:

      I had the same problem. They make extensions that screw into the butt that give either a half or one inch increase. Fits me much better now.

    4. avatar Tim says:

      My 1952 Tula came with a synthetic stock (not sure of the manufacturer) that fits just right. I can’t imagine trying to shoulder anything shorter!

      Google Image search to the rescue, it’s similar to:

      I can thank it for a busted thumbnail when trying to load stripper clips, but it’s still a great piece of hardware. I kept the SKS and sold a Mini-30 that busted a firing pin on Wolf primers, if that says anything.

      And, I’ve always said, “You can’t actually *clean* an SKS, but you can make it less dirty!”

  3. avatar Milsurp Collector says:

    My love of the SKS started after borrowing a friend’s Norinco for a hog hunt on his farm. Yugos are my favorite of the bunch. Never seen an original 59 before, pretty cool. I’ve lost count of the number of times an old timer has recalled to me the days when the SKS ran dirt cheap with even cheaper ammo, just to make me green with envy.

    1. avatar Art out West says:

      I wish I had picked up one of the brand new $80 Norinco SKS’s I saw back when I was in high school in the early 90s. We thought they had to be junk because they were so cheap.

  4. avatar Paul says:

    Mine is all in Tapco furniture with an adjustable stock to approximate the AR look and address the LOP. It came that way, along with the original wood furniture.

  5. avatar Anonymous says:

    I like SKS’s but these days they are just too expensive.

  6. avatar jwm says:

    I miss my Russian sks.

    1. avatar Slick says:

      Did gun ban Dan grab yours?

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Nope. Traded my 99 buck sks for a Beretta Pintail shotgun. Shoulda held onto the sks and just gave cash for the shotgun.

  7. avatar anaxis says:

    I have a couple of SKS’s now…. I was more of an AK guy before, but they’ve kinda grown on me. One of them is my hog-gun, and it works perfectly for that purpose.

  8. avatar Right to arm Bears says:

    I purchased a Chinese ’60’s era SKS a few years ago with a bayonet from a local Houston gun dealer because I couldn’t resist the low cost of ammo to feed it. Couldn’t be happier, it’s a blast at the gun range and I have a simple excuse to exercise my 2A rights. Rock on!

  9. avatar jwm says:

    To me the sks, silly folding jack knife and all, feels like a handier, lighter and quicker rifle than it really is. And Murphy proof. What’s not to like.

    On one visit to the range when it came time to clear weapons and check targets I locked the bolt back and opened the hinged mag. Just locking the bolt was good enough for the RSO so when it was time to lock and load for another session of firing I snapped the mag shut and did not reopen it till I got home to clean the sks.

    When I did re open the mag a complete and live 7.62×39 dropped out of the mag springs. Apparently when I snapped the mag shut I scooped up a live round laying on the bench.

    The weapon functioned flawlessly for the next couple of hours and 120 rounds or so of shooting with that round in the mag well amongst the springs.

  10. avatar samuraichatter says:

    If the hot girl at school (AK) had a taller older sister who was less popular but as hot but in more of a traditional “she’s a swell gal” kinda way and she called you angel face once in a while that would be an sks.

  11. avatar Timmy! says:

    I got my hopes up when I saw the alt.text over the “Next Story” button just now onnacounta I sent in a picture of my Shernic Gunworks Bullpup SKS for this series. I guess it got lost in the e-mail… or perhaps I’m being impatient.

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