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Introduction to SKS

The SKS is a Soviet semi-automatic carbine chambered for the 7.62×39mm round, designed in 1943 by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov. Its complete designation, SKS-45, is an initialism for Samozaryadny Karabin sistemy Simonova, 1945 (Russian: Самозарядный карабин системы Симонова, 1945; Self-loading Carbine of (the) Simonov system, 1945). The SKS-45 was manufactured at Tula Arsenal from 1949-1958 and at Izhevsk Arsenal in just 1953 and 1954, resulting in a total Soviet production of about 2.7 million carbines. In the early 1950s, the Soviets took the SKS carbine out of front-line service and replaced it with the AK-47; however, the SKS remained in second-line service for decades. It is still used as a ceremonial firearm today. The SKS was widely exported, and was also licensed for production by then Eastern Bloc nations, Romania and East Germany, as well as China, where it was designated the "Type 56 Carbine". The East German version was known as the Karabiner S, the Albanian as the Model 561 and North Korean as the "Type 63". The SKS is popular on the civilian surplus market as a hunting and marksmanship semi-automatic rifle in many countries, including the United States, Canada, and New Zealand. Its age and numbers make it relatively inexpensive to purchase, and steel cased 7.62x39mm ammunition is one of the least expensive center fire cartridges currently on the market. The SKS was the second firearm to be chambered for the 7.62×39mm M43 round, with the first being the RPD.


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  • Damage per shot: 8
  • Damage per second: 5.3
  • Caliber: 7.62x39 mm
  • Fire Rate: 30 - 40 rpm
  • Fire Mode: Semi
  • Weight: 3.85 kg
  • Length: 1020 mm
  • Muzzle Velocity: 735 m/s (2,411 ft/s)
  • Effective Range: 400 meters (440 yards)
  • Reload Speed: 2.3 sec

Attachments for Barrel

  • Silencer 7.62x39mm

Attachments for Optics

  • OKP-7
  • PSO-1
  • PU Scope

Attachments for Under Barrel






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