AK or SKS

Discussion in 'The Pre-Ban Forum' started by durk, Nov 12, 2008.

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AK47 Or SKS, Why and from what country?

  1. AK47

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    45.5%
  2. SKS

    12 vote(s)
    54.5%
  1. Haligan

    Haligan Active Member

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    Well I have a Chinese SKS and a Romanian. I've shot some AK's berfore. Theirs just something about the SKS's I prefer. Never could get reliable feeding from the 30 round detachable mags though. So in that respect AK's got a fairly significant advantage. One thing I did find out, is, the accuracy of the 7.62 x 39 is very underrated and really does go where I tell em.
  2. CD Woods

    CD Woods New Member

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    Any rifle you have can be a great one. I have a Norinco MAK 90 and love how it looks and shoots. I added a Scope to it. Then next I purchased a Yugo SKS decked out with a Drangonov Stock, a Scope and an attached Bi-pod, with the Grenade Launcher on the end of the barrel. I have noted that the metal detachable duckbill magazines in most cases are crap, until I purchased some TAPCO Zytel Magazines for it (also stay away from Promag plastic magazines). TAPCO function perfectly and come in sizes 5, 10, 20, and 30 round capacity. My last one is a Norinco SKS Paratrooper in original condition with the spike bayonet and a built in 20 round magazine. I also added a scope to this one also. I kept the original covers, for each one so at any time I could put them back to the original design without a scope. Each one is so different from the next, I can not pick a favorite. I'm just happy they all fire the same round and are in excellent condition.
  3. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member

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    I personally don't have the pleasure of owning either but have had the fun of shooting both. I like the SKS but I too prefer the AK for some reason. Maybe cuz it just looks meaner. My real question is, why is the SKS on the curio and relics list but not the AK? Anyone help me with that?
  4. CampingJosh

    CampingJosh Well-Known Member

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    Any firearm that is 50+ years old, in its original configuration, and not regulated by the National Firearms Act qualifies as a C&R weapon. It does not need to be on the list.

    My understanding is that the list was made of firearms that did not already meet the basic criteria listed above but were still of significant collector's value.
    The SKS spent only a short time in military service (1949 in Russia to sometime in the 1980s in China), so it's now exclusively a collector's weapon.
    On the other hand, many countries still use AK variants as their basic assault weapon, so it is considered to have some military value.

    The biggest reason is probably the NFA thing: the SKS was a semi-auto, so it's OK, but a true AK fires full-auto, so the US government doesn't trust citizens with it.
  5. Laufer

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    You might want to try the newer Promag blued 10-rounder for your Mini 30. Is is supposed to be the best aftermarket, except for the older Thermolds (very high capacity). Newer Thermolds appear to be available, but guys at 'Perfectunion' (hit 'Mini 14', then 'magazine' forum) are skeptical, due to the low prices listed for them.

    My brand-new Promag has operated 99% perfectly since the mag arrived two weeks ago. It is labeled Promag, and the two useless silver junk mags which arrived with my 30 were not even labeled (that says something).
    The spring might actually be too tight (!), based on some Mini 30 owner's comments on a different website.
    As of today, over 170 rounds with it and one single round did not strip from the mag on the first attempt.
    Only Wolf and Monarch ammo.

    For what it might be worth, last spring my Mini 14's Ruger factory mag misfed twice when I first bought the used ('90) rifle and used mag. These are supposed to be perfect, but it is old.
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  6. green_metalflake

    green_metalflake New Member

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    I believe original AK/AKM pattern rifles are NFA weapons as they are full-auto capable.
  7. K1D_5150

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    Learn mag retention. Practice it untill it is muscle memory and you can do it without thinking about it. If you've done it so many times that you can surprise yourself by doing it you're where you need to be. You don't have to throw away mags, and in a genuine firefight depending on the magnitude of it, you may need the higher capacity and quicker reload time of those detachable mags. It would suck to get shot up because of a couple of seconds.

    I am still learning the muscle memory for my WASR, wich replaced the SKS that I just got rid of. So I would prefer an ak.
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  8. Ky Bob

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    Wow! I can't believe more people voted SKS over an AK!

    AK's rock!!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. ofitg

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    Good point. If you don't have a supply line bringing up ammo and mags from the rear, you might be better off with the SKS.
    Personally, I prefer the handling characteristics of the SKS instead of the AK - the "traditional" stock configuration is more familiar to me - and the SKS safety is in a better location.
    I never had any problem with Chinese SKS's, but I think the Russian SKS is my favorite..... I've owned a couple of Yugo's too, but I wouldn't recommend them.
  10. joncutt87

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    I own sks and have shot ak's on many occasions. I would put my faith in an sks any day
  11. pops42

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    i aint never had the pleasure of an AK but i love my chinese SKS and i think it shoots great ,but i recken mine is one sided since i havent ever owned a AK
  12. Smoke

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    I like both, my favorite AK is the Bulgarian AK74 & my favorite SKS is the Yugo SKS M59/66 both great guns.
  13. Fast Forward

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    I have Yugo SKS that I kept original I took it to a Gunsmith to add a scope my eyes ain,t what they used to be ,,I,ll post up a Pic when i get it back if anybodys interested
  14. preacher60

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    i owen two of the yugo and i love them they both shoot rather well but again i have never shot the AK. I have also put a scope on one of them and haven't had time to set it. I have had surgery no both my eyes and i need a little help. I modified them with the $49.95 folding stock they look good and they are not as heavy but good 100 yard shooters.
  15. okiefired

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    If its an AK you want (better than SKS IMHO), get you a well cared for Mak 90. Thier the best of the stamped steel versions and probably have the best trigger of them all. At best either one is a 3 moa rifle, thats 9" groups at 300 IF you pull the trigger perfectly, there's no wind and you're shooting match ammo with a perfect zero. That can easily equal a complete miss on a whitetail deer. They are NOT a 300 yrd hunting rifle.

    okie
  16. popgun

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    I have both bought my SKS in the early 80 for $100 including a case of ammo. Always thought of it as the poor man AK. Later I adde a romanian an SAR1. The AK is lighter and handels quicker. More recently I added a Draco pistol AK. Get them whole you can.
  17. Grizz

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    Maadi Ak's all the way, I even got an RPM that does pretty good at 500 yards
  18. 775barber

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    id say if you like the sks and want it strickly because you want an sks then thats what you go with. but if your choosing between the two, like ive seen mostly is most people prefer ak. I like both and will sooner or later own both
  19. targetacqmgt

    targetacqmgt New Member

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    Yuko SKS or Norinco SKS with new syn stock. 30 rd mag, scope, and new operating rod.
  20. targetacqmgt

    targetacqmgt New Member

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    yup DO post a pic.:)