Originally Posted by LurpyGeek
That's right, start looking for an American made SKS and you'll find real quality!
That was sarcasm in case you couldn't tell.
My brother had a Norinco SKS that really impressed me. Fit and finish was great, accuracy was reasonable for an SKS and it was 100% reliable, even without cleaning.
Yeah the Russian/Chinese stuff is cool, but I just find American made stuff more comfortable. Have shot an AK in 7.62, AR in 5.56 and I would say I like the AR better. More comfortable, more accurate. The AK and Russian stuff all together is supposed to be more reliable. I hear AKs can handle weather better. I just find the SKS uncomfortable is all.
Another thing I like about the SKS's and AK's is that they are inexpensive everywhere I've seen them. The store in Sun Prarie has a couple used SKS's with the fixed magazines and they are all under $300. You can even deer hunt with them, but they will only allow you to have the ones with the fixed mag and 5 rounds in the gun at any time. The AK's are a little more expensive, but not nearly as expensive as the AR's. I got a buddy who has an SKS and an AK and he likes them both.