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SKS Rifle Type 56 SKS Length of Pull Type 56 SKS Shooting The two main SKS styles in the United States are the Yugoslavian (top) and Chinese Norinco (bottom) SKS
SKS Rifle Type 56 SKS Length of Pull Type 56 SKS Shooting The two main SKS styles in the United States are the Yugoslavian (top) and Chinese Norinco (bottom) SKS
  • Historical value
  • Milled receiver
  • Easy-to-find ammo
  • Heavy
  • Prices are increasing
Editor’s Note:

The SKS is a conventional gas-operated semi-automatic rifle that served the Russian army until the full adoption of the AK-47. It sports 10 rounds of 7.62x39mm ammo inside of an internal magazine, a bayonet lug, and is capped off with a milled receiver.

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SKS Specs

Gas Operated, Semi-Auto
Barrel Length
20in - 22in
Magazine Capacity
10 rounds
Overall Length
40 in, 44 in
Stock Material
8.5 lbs
Front post sight, rear notch sight

SKS Features

Short-stroke gas piston
Fixed 10-round internal magazine
20-22" barrel
Hooded post front sight, tangent notch rear sight
Often has a folding boyonet mounted underneath the barrel

By The Numbers - SKS

Accuracy is good. This is by no means a sub-MOA rifle, and it’s not designed to be one. Once the sights are set in it’s a 2MOA rifle in the hands of a proper shooter.
The SKS has a notoriously high reputation for reliability. When I first received my Yugo, I shot it while all gummed up in cosmoline and there were a few rough cycles and then it ran like a top, all while having a gas tube filled with wax.
The SKS has a surprising amount of aftermarket in terms of stocks, muzzle devices, magazines and more.
Especially when compared to a bolt action or AKM, the ergonomics is absolutely top notch. Minor details like the safety lever allow it to be operated comfortably and smoothly. It’s a heavy rifle.

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The Auto-Ordnance M1 Carbine is a modern reproduction gun that gives consumers a chance to experience the sweet-shooting WWII classic chambered in .30 carbine without having to chase down an original copy.

Produced by Kahr Arms in Greely, PA, each Auto-Ordnance M1 Carbine is made to be a faithful reproduction of the gun that served the United States from World War II through the Vietnam War. A parkerized receiver, walnut stock, 18-inch barrel, and standard capacity 15-round magazine complete the authentic look and feel of the original.

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final verdict

“The SKS is not just a rifle meant to keep working in most environments; It’s a rifle meant to be used in the harshest environments and then be passed along to the next person. With a few minor issues to look out for – like the barrel condition on a Yugo-made SKS – these are ‘set-and-forget’ tools. There is no way anyone could be disappointed with a properly made and maintained SKS. While pricing is consistently increasing, it’s still possible to find a moderately priced SKS in good condition.” – Jonathan Kilburn

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