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Question about the SKS

Discussion in 'SKS' started by GrassHoppa, Aug 6, 2002.

  1. GrassHoppa

    GrassHoppa G&G Newbie

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    OK, I bought my brother an SKS and I was wondering something. Is it possible to convert it so that I could use a magazine? It's currently attached. I'm sorry, I don't know a lot about the SKS. It's my brothers birthday pretty soon. He told me he'd love it if had a detachable mag. So I thought I'd see if it could be done. Can it? Thanks guys.
     
  2. Big Dog

    Big Dog Retired IT Dinosaur Wrangler Forum Contributor

    You can buy the 10, 20 and 30 round detatchables at any gunshow, or order from a vendor in Shotgun News. Just remove the fixed mag, and swap in the detatchable. Voila. Be advised, though, that they aren't generally as reliable as the original fixed design.
     

  3. BattleRifleG3

    BattleRifleG3 G&G Evangelist

    Legality is sketchy too. Modifying an SKS generally requires an expert understanding of the law. That is, if you care. BATF rarely checks and appears not to care if no one uses it criminally. I just never cross the line to avoid having to hide anything. It can be done legally, but might take some innovation.
     
  4. The SkS was designed to use the ten round mag. Not a thirty. If you want a weapon designed for that get an AK. Its like buying a '57 Chevy and putting another gas tank in the trunk. This seems silly and retarded to do this. I think that you would be taking away from the character of the rifle. I know others will disagree, but a thirty round mag is a cheezy aftermarket novelty that will soon wear off. More peoplr complain that they dont cycle correctly. This is just my opinion.
     
  5. Big Dog

    Big Dog Retired IT Dinosaur Wrangler Forum Contributor

    It's also quicker and easier to reload with stripper clips, after a little practice. Those "duckbill" magazines are a pain in the ***.
    Get a Chinese fixed twenty rounder, if you want a bit more capacity. Mine still wears the fixed ten. If I want to rock&roll, I break out the Bushpup.
     
  6. GrassHoppa

    GrassHoppa G&G Newbie

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    Well thanks a lot for your posts there guys! I'll look into it, but my legality issues come into play a little more here in Canada. We'll see though, there might not be any need for it anyway. Thanks again. Wow, so friendly and quick to respond in this section! Nice to see. :)
     
  7. Gyrene

    Gyrene G&G Newbie

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    GrassHoppa - I'm not Canadian, but I believe you are OK to use 30 round magazines. As I remember a Canadian saying once, even though your laws are quite restrictive, the stock shape and magazine capacity are of no concern to the Government, as long as the Rifle/Carbine is on the correct list.

    It isn't worth the trouble, though, so keep your 10 round mag, cause you will most likely go back to it. I have heard some people have made the modification to use the AK mags and they have worked fine, but it requires some machining on the trigger housing, and maybe inside.

    The SKS is a good solid package as delivered, and very hard to beat for a knock around carbine that is as reliable as the day/week/month/year/millenium is long.
     
  8. BattleRifleG3

    BattleRifleG3 G&G Evangelist

    GrassHoppa- With all due respect to Gyrene, I believe that is INCORRECT. There's a guy here who goes by John, I think, who's from Canada, and says there's a 5 round limit on everything except 22LR. That makes a detachable mag utterly useless. You may even have to have the fixed mag pinned if it hasn't been done already. Again, I'm not from Canada, but I'm pretty sure that's the case. Check with some of the Canadians here before going ahead. Maybe Chris could change the title of the thread to mention Canada, to get the attention of those who know more about it.
     
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2002
  9. Why dont you call Dudley Dooright? They will be able to tell you.
     
  10. Jeremy

    Jeremy G&G Newbie

    your a funny man ltcboy lol. The way this mag thing works in canada( as far as i understand it) is that you can have a detachable mag for your sks, but it will be pinned to five rounds. the same goes for any mag that once held more than five rounds with the exception of handgun mags. they can hold 10 rounds. also Garands are exempt because of their en-bloc style of loading. you could buy a 75 round drum mag but it would be blocked by a simple pop rivet to hold 5 rounds or less. And the mags are harder to find and more costly than they are in the US. I think that about sums it up, if you have any questions just e-mail me and i will see if i can answer them.
     
  11. GrassHoppa

    GrassHoppa G&G Newbie

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    Hmmm, well there you go, I checked into it and yeah, 5 round maximum limit on any rifle that shoots a caliber higher than a 22LR (minus the Garand and a select few others). Appearently the 22 doesn't have any limit at all. You could therfor have a belt fed 22 rifle and will still be legal! See how screwed up the CDN government is when it comes to these laws? Strange eh? That soon will be going away too I think. Anyway thanks again to all who posted, I think the 5 round attached clip will be acceptable for right now. Thanks again. Good info here, nothing like the great colaboration of many minds to come together and talk and gain knowledge! I love the internet. Thanks again all!
     
  12. BattleRifleG3

    BattleRifleG3 G&G Evangelist

    I think that only applies in USA.
     
  13. I like my SKS just the way it come from the factory.

    I figure if I'm ever in the need for more ammo I will use cover and concealment and hope fore the best.....oh, buddy....come in a little closer while I reload, he he he he.
     
  14. Gyrene

    Gyrene G&G Newbie

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    Battlerifle G3 - I stand corrected! 5 rounds it is, except for . . .

    It is the stock type that they don't care about in the law, pistol grip, thumbhole, colapsible, or what have you.

    I do know that there are 3 lists, and one of them allows only Police and Military to possess them. I believe the AR-15 is on that list.