SKS Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What type of gun is the SKS?
A. The SKS is 7.62x39mm caliber semi-automatic carbine. It has a conventional carbine design with a wooden stock.
Q. Where did the SKS rifle originate from and when was it designed?
A. The SKS was originally made in the Soviet Union. It was designed by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov in 1945.
Q. What does SKS stand for?
A. SKS stands for Samozaryadniy Karabin sistemi Simonova.
Q. What was the SKS used for and who used it?
A. The Soviet Army used it for first line service for a short time. They later replaced it with the AK-47. However, it was still used in second line service for many years after. It was also exported and produced in the former Eastern Bloc nations such as Yugoslavia, East Germany as well as China and North Korea. Today it is popular in the civilian surplus market.
Q. How come some SKS's have an extension on the end of the barrel?
A. The Yugoslavian made variants are equipped with grenade launching equipment. Also, many SKS's have an integrated bayonet that folds down from the end of the barrel.
Q. Is the SKS considered an assault rifle?
A. The SKS is not considered an assault rifle because it lacks selective fire capability and a removable magazine. The basic design is semi-automatic with a fixed magazine.
Q. What caliber is used with the SKS?
A. The SKS uses a 7.62x39mm cartridge.
Q. Can the SKS be used for civilian use?
A. Yes, the SKS is very popular in the surplus market because of their novel and historic nature. The SKS has a widespread availability and is relatively low cost.
Q. What can I do to upgrade my SKS?
A. There are many after market parts available to upgrade your SKS. Here on SKSStocks.com we have many parts and accessories available to upgrade your SKS. You can upgrade your stock to a synthetic stock, add pistol grips, high capacity magazines, muzzle brakes and more. You can also mount items such as scopes, lasers and bipods.