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How do you rate the SKS in combat?

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SKS in Combat

59706 Views 209 Replies 79 Participants Last post by  Dragunov
Ok guys,
I've always wanted to know more about the SKS's performance and history in combat. I'd like anyone who has firsthand experience, reliable testimony, or historical data from credible research concerning the SKS's performance in combat. Please be specific, since this will enhance the thread's contents and serve as a really good reference for those who may own and respect the SKS, but know little of its combat origins.
What I need in each post are:

1)How you obtained this knowledge

2)How reliable was the SKS (loading,feeding)

3)How did the SKS compare against other rifles

4)How did the user load/execute in combat for speed

5)How was accuracy and penetration

6)Did the SKS perform in averse conditions

7)On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate the SKS
(rate in Poll)

8)Be sure to include all specifics possible

This should make an interesting thread...

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I once made some swinging targets out of some THICK steel to use for rifle shooting. My friend and I set them up at 100 yards. He took the first shots with a 30.30 and those targets were swinging like crazy. I shot next with my German Kar98 with some homeloads and nothin happened. Another shot and...nothing. I could not believe I was missing the target. After 5 rounds I went to inspect the target. There were 5 little holes that were punched so neat and clean they looked like they had been cut with a laser. The bullets had punched through so fast that the target didnt even move!
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I think the 7.62x39 is a very underated round. In a good rifle it can be very accurate. With hollow points it can be devastating. I voted a 7 in the poll but think I'd raise it to an 8. Its efficient, light, and reliable. Not nearly as powerful as an .06 or 8mm but powerful enough to do the job it was designed to do...and do it extremely well.
500 yards may be about its maximum effective range but thats over a quarter mile. Not bad for such a small round.
And then you throw in the "fun factor" Its a blast to shoot it cuz ammo is cheap!:assult:
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Mine are more accurate and easier to control under rapid fire than the AK. I think its all because the stock is longer, heavier and easier to handle. Once I got some decent ammo, I have never once had a misfire. The AK has never messed up either with good ammo but its more of a spray and pray gun. My Chinese SKS (scoped) will outshoot many rifles costing 3 times as much. I love my SKS's!!!
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