One of my buddies is seelin his un issued SKS i can personally attest to the fact that he had it melted down and prob got 100-200 rounds through it he gave me first dibs on it for 250 is that a good deal. its a yugo.
then ima trick it out with some fancy dancy crap and use it for a good ole fun gun
With all due respect that's not the point here, he is looking at buying an SKS not an AK. Maybe he already has an AK or just does not want one. Most SKS owners are not looking to "tacticool" their SKS either and make it an AK wantabe. They are different rifles and both have different strengths and weaknesses. The SKS is not a just a cheaper lesser desirable rifle you get if you can't afford an AK. I own several examples of both rifles and the SKS is an all-together different gun with its own characteristics that stand on its own as both a shooter and as part of a collection. The Tapco detachable SKS 20 round mags go for around $20 by the way.I wouldn't pay that for an SKS when you can buy an AK for $400 and be able to use AK magazines. By the time you put a TAPCO stock on so you can switch $35 SKS magazines, you'll have spent the cost of an AK anyway.