My new idea for a Goblin Popper
Step 1: Obtain Yugoslavian or Russian SKS. Russian would be better but probably go Yugo for this; it's cheaper.
Step 2: Remove useless bayonet/grenade launcher if necessary and place in ammo can o' crap.
Step 3: Possibly invest in aftermarket stock with pistol grip... stock is probably fine like it is however as SKS stocks are usually nice and short.
Step 4: Install Tec Sight. Zero in sights at range.
Step 5: Install Ultimak Pitcanny AK rail mount. It replaces the front handguard and mounts to the barrel. No shims should be needed, and I think the Yugos have the side gas vents.
Step 6: Invest in 1" light holding ring for rail mount and pop in a Surefire.
Step 7: Dust off my copy of Poor Man's Scout rifle and see what kind of cheap optic would be fun to mount on this thing... some kind of cheap 4x fixed optic maybe... or if I just wanted to be silly a red dot... :biggrin:
Just tossing the idea around in my head... I figure people do the same thing to Mini 14s/30s all the time and I'd basically be getting something very similar for less than the cost of said Mini 30.
Throw in a black synthetic stock and leave the useless accessories on and it would even be an EBR. I wouldn't want the Chinese SKS for this project as their pins are a real pain to ding out, and this requires pinning the rear sight aperture and replacing the handguard at the very least...
Possibly add a Harris bipod.
Heck if you went with the aftermarket stock you could even get you a 3 point or Cinch sling, and suddenly this thing would actually be a good training tool for a real scout or battle rifle.