The SKS Appreciation Thread
What if I told you there was a rock solid reliable battle rifle that hits consistently hard, it has been used for more years than I can account for by some of the most powerful armies in the world, and it was about $200?
You'd say "Well you're trying to talk up the SKS you twit I just read the subject of your thread."
But seriously, isn't the SKS truly amazing? At such a low price you get an amazing amount of firepower for the money in a proven platform.
I don't know exactly why the SKS gets poo pooed so much. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that many SKS owners just own them so they can dress them up purty, creating guns that look "tacticool" but aren't always functional.
I think the other turnoff is no detachable magazine. To me though I think this is actually a plus for some situations. Things get lost in the tall grass folks. Stripper clips are cheap and disposable, magazines are expensive and essential.
One thing I don't like about it is that you're pretty much stuck with the basic carry sling unless you're able to do some modifications that I don't think are worth the trouble. But I can live with this.
But it amazes me we don't talk about them more. We all have one. Or two.
The thing that makes the SKS appeal so much to me is that I can afford to have one at home, and one in truck, and another one somewhere else, and another one, and another one...
I can also take the SKS down to its component parts except for removing the barrel from the receiver or dissassembling the trigger group without problems. I can't say that for any other gun I have, save perhaps my Mosin Nagant. To me, if the SHTF, that's super valuable. I have a rifle I can almost completely repair by myself with nothing more than a punch a screwdriver and a hammer. I wouldn't dare try that with almost any other gun. Plus I have a complete set of spare parts! That's the way I see it anyway.
The only thing I've seen fit to do is I've never gotten one with good wood furniture. It always has to be replaced, but this is only my two personal rifles and not SKSes as a whole. I'm actually looking for one with good furniture that I can leave bone stock. I find the Butler Creek synthetic stock to be slim and trim. It's a tight fit but it requires very little fitting. The ATI stock is okay and not hard to fit either but it's a little chunkier.
I've got one I'm still working on. I will have to borrow some tools to drill out a pin to do what I want to do with it so the project is on hold indefinitely for now.
But it fires a nice boring cartridge with stable peformance that should get the job done as well as anything if not better. The reason I don't own a lever gun in .30-30 is the SKS.
And you know what? If someone wants to play with their SKS and make it look "evil", well more power to them. Who says guns can't be art? No one that's who.
Ah, the SKS. If only it was still $99.