Russian SKS

“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.

Russian SKS

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.

Russian SKS

The Russian variant has a squared-off gas block instead of the usual rounded one. In the early models of the Russian variant (models released around 1949 to 1951), the gun has a spring-type firing pin as well as 3 Gas block changes modes. One thing good about the Russian variant is that it chews any ammunition up and even if the gun is old, it still shows power and accuracy in its firing capabilities.

The cheapness of the surplus ammo is very appealing for the eyes of gun fanatics because no matter how cheap or what type of bullet is inserted for example, a cheap steel case ammo will still release an incredible shot. Another thing good about the Russian variant is that it has very good accuracy. Shoot from a hundred yards away and it is still assured that the accuracy is spot-on. If not contented with the accuracy, installation of scopes can also be made. Add-on installation was made easy by the simplicity in design of the gun. Some guns could not be installed with particular add-ons because the design does not allow it. It is a good thing that the Russian variant is made to accept a variety of add-ons. The Russian variant is really something that a gun fanatic must get hold of before considering other models. The originals always have something good to offer the people. The Russian SKS just never gets old.

4 Responses to “Russian SKS”

  1. Richard Chapman says:

    How can you tell if you have a Russian SKS. I have one I bought many years ago it has the blade style bayonet, 1953 is stamped on rifle and a star with an arrow inside the star. Your reply would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance

    • Paul Prudhomme says:

      If your SKS is stamped with a triangle within a circle, with an arrow inside the triangle, it was made at the Soviet State Armory in Izhevsk. Both are quite sought after as they are in fact the original Russian-manufactured SKS types. Below the armory proof stamping, you will find the year of production followed by the letter ‘r’, which is the Russian abbreviation for ‘year’.

  2. Roshatste says:

    What is a sterling defense Russian sks?

  3. Brian Williamson says:

    I have been looking to buy a couple for my son and I. These are the best shooting rifle I have ever shot. If you can point me in the direction of where to buy I would be greatly appreciated


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