Back in the 1940s, the world was in a state of peril due to the war that was started when Germany invaded Poland. This war is the deadliest human conflict recorded in history, the Second World War. During the war, soldiers had complains that the rifles the military is using is a bit inconvenient. Too long, too heavy, too much recoil etc. was becoming a problem for them. The Soviet Union realized that if this continues, it would cost them the war. The Soviet then designed the SKS Assault Rifle for the purpose.
The SKS (Samozaryadnyj Karabin sistemy Simonova) Rifle was designed by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov to fit the purpose of supplying the Soviet Union with high-quality firearms. The SKS rifles were put to test in the early 1945 in the front lines of the battle versus Germany in World War II. The greatness of the firearm created by Sergei played a huge role in the victory of the Allied faction.
Firearms today are utterly expensive. But there still exist a rifle that has a very considerable price and is still running rampant in the market. That is the SKS Assault Rifle that was designed by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov back in 1945 for the purpose of supplying the Soviet Union with high-quality firearms to turn the tides of war. Aside from the SKS Rifle price being inexpensive, the SKS Assault Rifles’ quality is top-notch. This is proven because the SKS Rifle is a cutting-edge technology back in the Second World War. It is one of the main reasons why the Allied faction had the edge over the Axis faction. With these being said, the SKS Assault Rifle is a must have for firearm collectors.
After the SKS managed to shed light in the darkness of war, several countries started making their own variation of the rifle. The country that has put the most effort in designing several variations of the rifle is China. China though did not design the rifles for battling purposes but instead, they designed the rifles for marketing purposes. They sold rifles at a considerable price at first and when their model started to gain fame, they increased their SKS Rifle price to boost their market income. China once again proved to the world that when it comes to marketing, they do best.
The SKS series created by a soviet named Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov is truly a success in the firearm industry. Why? Looking at the variety of SKS released today, why won’t it be a success? China’s success in the marketing of SKS series is the biggest example that Sergei’s masterpiece was truly influential to several countries. Russia, East Germany, Romania, North Korea, Albania, China etc. had their own variations of the SKS series. But what would be the best in quality? The Yugo SKS would be the best among the rest.
Today, the most popular SKS rifles are the ones made by Yugoslavia particularly the Yugoslavian Model 59/66. Updated versions of this model had a 22 mm grenade launcher attached to it which is a very good addition to boost up the firepower and capabilities of the Yugoslavian Model 59/66. In combination with the 22 mm grenade launcher is a Front Sight with a fold-up ladder for a better grenade shooting accuracy. Because of the addition of the grenade launcher, manufacturers of the Yugoslavian Model 59/66 made adjustments for safety precautions of the users. When the grenade launcher sight is lifted up, the gas system is blocked for safety and the action of the gun must be manually cycled up to get back to its original status. Another means for safety precaution is that the grenade launcher can only be fired if the cartridge is empty. The stock is made up of Beech wood which is actually a fine piece of wood.
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During World War II, the SKS (Samozaryadnyi Karbin Simonova or “Semi-Automatic Carbine, Simonov) series was designed by a Soviet named Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov with the hopes to create a primary weapon that would turn the tides of war in an instant. The Soviet variant was a success at all means and would really be something unforgettable in the history of firearms. But what is interesting about the original variations is that it was followed by innovations from other countries such as China which we all know, is very knowledgeable when it comes to firearms and gunpowder.
Due to the hard-work China exerted to create their own version of the SKS, there comes the Chinese SKS series. According to most gun experts, the SKS series of China is the most successful of all SKS’ when it comes to marketing. This is because China was able to release a wide range of Chinese variants of the SKS and all are proven to work wonders. This is not a surprise because China is really known for their outstanding skills when it comes to dealing with gunpowder, firearms and such. Not to mention their exceptional skills in doing business. Read the rest of this entry »
“Nothing beats the original”, says the majority. This is applicable in most cases of a newly released material made out of a material of the same concept. When it comes to guns, the original version of the SKS called the Russian SKS shall not fall back in line. The original feel, the power, the overall design of the Russian variant makes it one of the most versatile of the series and one of the most considerable SKS variant.
For a better understanding on the Russian variant, it is best to discuss first the SKS itself. SKS stands for “Samozaryadnyj Karabin sistemy Simonova”. It is a semi-automatic rifle designed by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov in 1945 which is able to house a 7.62x399mm round, ready for use. At first, the Soviet Union primarily makes use of the Carbine SKS series but eventually they phases those out to use the AK-47, a gun known for the excellent firepower, accuracy and convenience it provides the user.
The Russian SKS was often used and manufactured between 1949 and 1956. The Russian variation of the SKS includes a Spike-style Bayonet instead of a Blade-style Bayonet though there are models released that actually had the blade-style bayonet. The difference between the Spike-style Bayonet and the Blade-style Bayonet is that the former specializes more on Thrusting capabilities while the latter is balanced in terms Slashing and Thrusting capabilities. Both styles have their own setup to gain an advantage and it is upon user preference if the Spike Style Bayonet will be better than the Blade-style Bayonet and vice-versa.
In 1945, a Soviet weapons designer named Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov made history by making one of the world’s pioneering semi-automatic rifles, the SKS. The Samozaryadnyj Karabin sistemy Simonova is a semi-automatic rifle that has paved the way for many other advanced rifles that has aided many soldiers to win wars. After its birth, many companies and countries have sought this invaluable tool, and the most controversial of which was the Norinco SKS.
Norinco, or known as the China North Industries Corporation in the United States of America, is a Chinese manufacturing company that offers a wide variety of services including strike systems, military supplies, anti-terrorism weapons, destruction systems, night vision systems, oil field equipment, explosives, and other materials of the like. The Norinco SKS is no exception to the line of products; it is a very famous product of this company that has gained quite a notorious status in the United States of America.
From target rifles to small combat pistols, Norinco has been considered one of the biggest suppliers of guns and other firearms and ammunition in the United States. The most famous was the SKS models of Norinco, including the SKS-M, SKS-D. Others were called the Chinese Type 63, the Type 68, the Type 73, the Type 81, and the Type 84. A familiar model known as the Type 56 even had the nostalgic folding bayonet that was considered a classic. Read the rest of this entry »
In 1945, a legendary rifle known as the SKS was born. The mastermind namely Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov is a renowned Soviet weapons designer who conceptualized one of the most influential weapons of all time. Since its inception, it has been widely accepted and favored by many gun enthusiasts and soldiers alike, but nowadays it would seem unpractical to use an aged weapon like this. That is why numerous SKS accessories exist in gun shops scattered in the world today to rev up these guns and make them fit for modern use.
Some SKS accessories include upgrades or modifications to improve the gun’s capabilities. One known package is the SKS Fusion Rifle System. This system instantly replaces the current stock parts of the gun with lighter materials to offer better handling. It consists of numerous accessories like a hand guard that can either have a Picatinny or Weaver rail. Both sight systems are no longer a hindrance to aiming. Due to the nature of this semi-automatic rifle, a SAW pistol grip may also be included in this package, which gives a more accessible angle and a widened grip so that better comfort and better control can come together. The grip housing of the gun can also function as a mini compartment in this package. These upgrades and accessories work on SKS-D models. Read the rest of this entry »
The SKS, or the Samozaryadnyj Karabin sistemy Simonova, is one of the most influential semi-automatic rifles made in history all thanks to a very innovative Soviet weapons designer named Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov. This 1945 classic has been numerously copied and adopted by many countries and companies all around the globe due to its mechanism and innovation. But what is in the SKS design that has provoked many people to relive this legendary gun?
An ordinary SKS made in Russia is a semi-automatic rifle that features a fixed magazine containing ten rounds, which is reloaded from the rifle’s top by either physically placing the bullets inside one round at a time or by utilizing a stripper clip that holds ten rounds. The stripper clips are normally disposable in military issues. The SKS can even be reloaded and reused many times if it is necessary. Read the rest of this entry »
The SKS, or the Samozaryadnyj Karabin sistemy Simonova, is a historical semi-automatic rifle made by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov for the Russian Army during the World War II in 1945. It was also arguably considered the most influential rifle, paving the way for many modern rifles to come. However, since its discovery, many SKS variants were made in order to make use of its innovative mechanism. So what were they?
Of course, the original variants were the Russian SKS variants mass-produced from 1949 to 1951. The early models were the spike-style bayonet SKS styles, which were made on 1949. The squared-off gas block was usually seen in the 1950’s, which has a 90 degree gas block angle. The 45 degree angle gas block was used on the second gas block type. The third gas block production series had rounded inward gas blocks. The Soviet Honor Guard makes use of this kind of SKS, which features parts that are made of chrome and a wood stock that has a lighter color. Read the rest of this entry »
SKS History: The Birth of the Legendary Firearm
In 1945, a Soviet weapons designer named Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov designed one of the most influential weapons in firearms history. Named the Samozaryadnyj Karabin sistemy Simonova, this semi-automatic rifle has been arguably considered one of the fathers of all modern semi-automatic rifles made by one of the fathers of all modern semi-automatic rifles. This marked the official start of SKS history, as well as the beginning of all modern rifles to come.
During the course of World War II, it was not long until the Russian soldiers realized that the standard rifles, like the Mosin-Nagant, were just too cumbersome and recoil-y and yet their bullets can be made to work on a medium-sized machine-gun in close-range combat with at least a hundred-meter range. That was when Russia, Germany, and the United States of America have simultaneously decided to participate in the race to develop their very own semi-automatic rifle. The Germans ended up producing the Maschinenkarabiner, or the machine-carbine, while the United States made the 0.30 Carbine and the M1. In 1945, a number of the prototype weapons made by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov were tested against the Germans. These were later known as the SKS.
The SKS was legitimately mass-produced in the Soviet Army in 1949. The main dealers were the Tula Armory, which produced the unit from 1949 to 1955, and the Izhevsk Mechanical plant, which had the unit on sale from 1953 to 1954. Looking at the number of years, why did the Russians phase out the unit early?
In all honesty, even though the SKS was flawlessly produced, but it did not fulfill the high expectations of the Russians. A similar design named the Kalashnikov masked the importance of the SKS due to the following reasons: first of all, it was selective-fire unlike the SKS; secondly, it could amazingly carry three times the magazine capacity compared to that of the SKS; and lastly, it was lighter than the SKS. Truth be told, the SKS was only actually produced to “fill the gap” in the Soviet’s firearm production. The operating mechanism and the manufacturing techniques were actually redirected to the monster that made the most impact in firearm history.
Ironically, this became the most important event in SKS history. The SKS actually paved the way to the creation of the AK-47, which is considered one of the most popular and most dependable assault rifles in world history. During the time that the SKS was adopted by the Soviet Army, the Russians were actually testing the AK-47 behind-the-scenes, so that when it wasn’t effective, they could fallback to the SKS.
Even at the inception of the AK-47 into the hall of fame, SKS history has continued to live on. At this day and age, many armies in the third-world countries still consider this gun a reliable weapon in their own fights. But most importantly, even today the ceremonial Russian guards called during very notable commemorations still make use of this unit in order to honor its significance in weapons history.