I own two of them, Frank, one Russian (bought about 15 years ago) and one Yugo. Both are excellent weapons though I think the Russian definitely has the edge in terms of accuracy and overall function. To be honest, I really like these rifles. They are a blast to shoot, ammo is relatively cheap, and accuracy is far, far better than I expected it would be. The SKS is, of course, intended as a battle rifle and thus the stress was put on simplicity and functionality, not good looks. Simply put, for the price they simply cannot be beaten. My advice is to buy one before the !@#$% Democrats ban them!