Got rid of the Chinese Paratrooper today for a $135. That's not the point though. I got rid of it cause the trigger locked up on it 3 times at the gun range. It also didn't spit the shell all the way out twice. I clean that thing so good to. Always stripped it all the way down to clean it. Gas piston assembly and the piston, the trigger housing, everything. So I guess I would'nt trust my life on it is what I'm saying. Does anyone like an SKS as your only means of defense?? I'd rather take my Mossberg. I just shot 3 inch mag slugs out of it today and I gotta say... That will take care of whatever it's got to take care of. I don't know about the SKS though.