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Old 05-10-2011, 17:39   #1
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sks newbie

so, i bought a norinco sks. had a bipod, a scope, and a 20 round magazine. cruciform bayonet? check! cleaning rod i will never use? got one!

here's where things get stupid( half of you are snickering at "norinco" and saying

"Here is where it gets stupid?"

okay, tapco stocks. what do you guys think? i figured, may not be a bad idea. anyone here make the move, and want to share a yay/nay?
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Old 05-14-2011, 18:39   #2
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I have one on my Yugo, it makes it more appropriately sized for a person of my stature. The only real negative is the weight distribution gets thrown forward. I don't mind, but people can be whiners... lol.
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Old 05-17-2011, 19:45   #3
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feasterville???? howdy neighbor! (warminster)

i don't mind weight distribution too much. i understand the side folder ati stocks have a lot of wiggle at the hinge. the tapco stuff always seemed very good quality. just figured i'd ask before i bolt one on, and find out they stink.
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Tapco makes a good stuff. However, the "stupid" started at the scope, as well as the aftermarket mag (unless it was a tapco.)
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Old 05-27-2011, 04:28   #5
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so, i bought a norinco sks. had a bipod, a scope, and a 20 round magazine. cruciform bayonet? check! cleaning rod i will never use? got one!

here's where things get stupid( half of you are snickering at "norinco" and saying

"Here is where it gets stupid?"

okay, tapco stocks. what do you guys think? i figured, may not be a bad idea. anyone here make the move, and want to share a yay/nay?
I have no issues with my norinco, and haven't had any "SKS snobs" tell me it's junky, so I see no problems with em. The tapco stocks are light as heck, but Duece is right - the weight gets shoved forward really quick.

How is your scope mounted? The best way to do those is with a reciever mount, not the cover or heat-shield, if you really want it to be accurate, and hold zero.

Other than that, I really like my tapco stock.
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I have no issues with my norinco, and haven't had any "SKS snobs" tell me it's junky, so I see no problems with em. The tapco stocks are light as heck, but Duece is right - the weight gets shoved forward really quick.

How is your scope mounted? The best way to do those is with a reciever mount, not the cover or heat-shield, if you really want it to be accurate, and hold zero.

Other than that, I really like my tapco stock.
The SKS is not a snobby gun, it is a back-of-the-pickup gun. :D
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Old 06-02-2011, 00:19   #7
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Tell it to the guys who have spent more time polishing their fine Yugoslavian lumber than I have pulling my Chinese trigger.
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Tell it to the guys who have spent more time polishing their fine Yugoslavian lumber than I have pulling my Chinese trigger.
those people are misled. The SKS is a plinker's gun. If you want something to polish, get a nice Mauser. That ammo is almost too expensive to shoot anyway.
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Old 06-05-2011, 22:01   #9
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I'm also a member over at Survivor's SKS boards, and those dudes are crazy with their NVA bring-backs, albys, etc. $1500 SKSs, that look like they beat tent poles with, bores black. "I'll never shoot it, it's a piece of history!" Ya dude. w/e. Different strokes I suppose.

I've been looking around at k98's though, just because my buddy has such a heartbreak for the one he sold.
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In my opinion Norinco SKS's and AK's are the best of their ilk. I hate Tapco stocks though.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:44   #11
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:48   #12
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I like that configuration/stock quite a bit. Is that a TAPCO?
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sure is, but with a cheesegrater forward handguard. Still US made, still 922r Compliant. Here's the build thread.
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Old 06-11-2011, 18:48   #14
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I am probably the wrong guy to ask... I like my SKS unmodified and in original configuration.
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I am probably the wrong guy to ask... I like my SKS unmodified and in original configuration.
The sks is a fine rifle in it's stock configuration, and worked well for it's time. So is the model T. Both can benefit from some modernization, if desired.

There's alot you can do to the SKS, without changing it's outward appearance, to just make it a better, safer rifle. The trigger work I did to mine is a prime example. Even with that trigger group in a stock rifle, it would be quite a benefit.
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:37   #16
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VeeDubKlown, where did you get your cheese grater? I like the configuration you have. I'm torn between (among?) a Tapco T6, a Dragunov and a Choate folder.
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The sks is a fine rifle in it's stock configuration, and worked well for it's time. So is the model T. Both can benefit from some modernization, if desired.

There's alot you can do to the SKS, without changing it's outward appearance, to just make it a better, safer rifle. The trigger work I did to mine is a prime example. Even with that trigger group in a stock rifle, it would be quite a benefit.
Most common add-on's to the sks seem to be geared more towards making the sks into some "other" kind of rifle resulting in questionable reliability and less about make the sks a better rifle.
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Most common add-on's to the sks seem to be geared more towards making the sks into some "other" kind of rifle resulting in questionable reliability and less about make the sks a better rifle.
There is nothing "unreliable" about this SKS, and I think it's "better".......
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Same goes for this one.......

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But, I also like them like this.....

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Great pics and good point, Papachuck.
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Most common add-on's to the sks seem to be geared more towards making the sks into some "other" kind of rifle resulting in questionable reliability and less about make the sks a better rifle.
Most people equate the modifying of the SKS to "trying to make an AK. Shoulda just bought an AK" Well the fact that the only thing they have in common is the cartridge they shoot, really makes that moot. Sure putting a pistol grip on it makes it look more like an AK. Putting an adjustable stock on it makes it look more like an AR. Doesn't mean I'm trying to make an inacurate or smaller caliber rifle. Pistol grips, removable mags, folding stocks, are all just things that can make a rifle of limited capacity, more versatile. Versatility is always better.

I don't need removeable mags, mine still works with stripper clips. I don't need a pistol grip, but it's more ergonomic. I also don't need a bayonet, so I cut it off!

Reliability of it is key, and I still have no issues, (except when it was loaded with cosmoline), but with it having a really crummy trigger and the 1 slamfire I had, some things needed to be done. I still have no issues with it, it shoots better, and will never slamfire again.

These aren't vietcong bringback rifles that are pieces of history (I hope!), they're a surplus rifle built in bulk made to be disposable to military standards. They made millions.


I got the cheesegrater from SKS Man, but they're available anywhere. Ebay, other websites. They're all made by 1 of 2 companies. If you do any modifications to the rest of the rifle stock (pistol grip, removable magazine, muzzle brake) read up on 922r compliance. It's a fun game, and the law. If you keep the internal mag and rifle stock, you can get the one made in china. I think this only applys to SKS's from china, as well.

That choate stock I've always felt looks cheap, feels cheap, and it will be forward heavy. It already is with my Tapco stock. The dragonov stocks are nice, but remember with any of these your adding prohibited features to look into 922r.
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