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Old 05-23-2009, 10:50 PM
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Had a good day at the range with my new Chinese Norinco "Paratrooper" SKS.

The rifle is essentially in original configuration with only a few minor changes, like a Murray's firing pin, and it has been rebedded into an authentic surplus red fiberglass "jungle stock" -- since the soggy Pacific Northwest is about as wet for most of the year as the tropics of Southeast Asia -- making it very fieldworthy. This shorter version has a 16" barrel and no muzzle device, and yet it seems to shoot every bit as well as my 20" Yugoslavian M59/66 Simonovs.

I had one particularly good slow-fire group off the bench at 100 yards; the bottom left hole was a ragged double in a five-shot group well under 2" (see below). Not bad for a 20+ year-old rifle and off-the-shelf Wolf MC.

This Paratrooper carbine handles very fast compared to my Yugos, not burdened by brakes, bayos, or grenade launchers(!) -- much more like a Kalashnikov. It points well, and the switch to the fiberglass stock sheds most of an additional pound. This is a fun gun for pleasure shooting and a surprisingly confidence-inspiring little fighting rifle.

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Nice stock and nicer group!

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Gorgeous Norinco SKS and shot-group...drool, drool....

I came across an "unfired" Norinco SKS at a local gun shop today for $295.00 . Not as nice looking as that one, bit I was still tempted none the less...
(BTW - Any thoughts on that?)

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I came across an "unfired" Norinco SKS at a local gun shop today for $295.00 . Not as nice looking as that one, bit I was still tempted none the less...
(BTW - Any thoughts on that?)
Buy it now!
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I'll second that. I might not choose the full-size Norinco SKS over other countries' Simonovs, but I now have two of these shorties, and I have to say they are everything they're cracked up to be. These cool little Paratroopers seem to be no less accurate and much lighter, faster-handling, and convenient to store and carry than the 20" carbines. The balance of the short SKS in a jungle stock is very appealing, and they will even take the detachable Tapco 20-round mags without any sanding.
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I came across an "unfired" Norinco SKS at a local gun shop today for $295.00 . Not as nice looking as that one, bit I was still tempted none the less...
(BTW - Any thoughts on that?)
What the hell are you waiting for? A friendly pat on the butt?

Get it already.

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Nice looking SKS. I should probably take mine out one of these days. I've had it for almost a year and I still haven't shot it yet.
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Looks great! Thanks for the pic.

How do you like the LOP with the red stock? (say, compared to an average Yugo) Also, is the gas tube / hand guard included, or do you have to mix and match?

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No....they are awful rifles...not worth it...stay away.....send me the number of the shop that it is in......NOW!
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this is what i just bought. waiting for it to come in the mail. i missed out on their batch of russian ones from the tula factory, so i jumped on this one.

NORINCO SKS TYPE 56 SEMI-AUTO 7.62MM X 39 MATCHING. MILITARY ISSUE. SPIKE BAYONET. CHROME BORE. VERY GOOD $249

http://www.ellwoodepps.com/used_RIFL..._MILITARY2.asp
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i chose an SKS because it is classified as non-restricted up here in canada. its pinned to only fire five rounds though (canadian law).
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Keep that model, it's very sought after, I almost sold the pair I have a few years back but my wife urged me not to, and I'm glad I didn't.....Check the prices those go for on Gunbroker.com

And to think I paid $59 each for mine brand new back in 1991.....

http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIte...Item=129926238

http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIte...Item=129562294

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Nice rifle lilc...NH buy that rifle asap that is a "NORMAL" price for an SKS. Not common to see normal prices lately. Although I am hearing that things are beginning to settle on weapons...ammo however is another story. My para is a little on the heavy side but I like it alot. The Chinese stock that came on it was horrible so I put it in an old Yugo stock I had. I like the extended LOP and it also has the blade bayonet on it. It is one of the handiest rifles I own.
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Had a good day at the range with my new Chinese Norinco "Paratrooper" SKS.

The rifle is essentially in original configuration with only a few minor changes, like a Murray's firing pin, and it has been rebedded into an authentic surplus red fiberglass "jungle stock" -- since the soggy Pacific Northwest is about as wet for most of the year as the tropics of Southeast Asia -- making it very fieldworthy. This shorter version has a 16" barrel and no muzzle device, and yet it seems to shoot every bit as well as my 20" Yugoslavian M59/66 Simonovs.

I had one particularly good slow-fire group off the bench at 100 yards; the bottom left hole was a ragged double in a five-shot group well under 2" (see below). Not bad for a 20+ year-old rifle and off-the-shelf Wolf MC.

This Paratrooper carbine handles very fast compared to my Yugos, not burdened by brakes, bayos, or grenade launchers(!) -- much more like a Kalashnikov. It points well, and the switch to the fiberglass stock sheds most of an additional pound. This is a fun gun for pleasure shooting and a surprisingly confidence-inspiring little fighting rifle.

good shooting tex
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You got that grouping at a 100?? With an SKS??? Mama mia, I better have a look at my sight adjustment tool again
Good find, great grouping.
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Just wanted to know how much that fiber glass stock set you back? I just picked my Chinese Para today, havent shot it yet. but iam already looking for several stocks. Where can i get one?

Also, i payed $265. the rifle was missing the original 10 round, and was replaced with a 20 round tapco. i would like a original fixed mag
and the cleaning rod, my yugo's was missing as well
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Very nice lilc
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Perhaps when i'm done with the K98 mods.......
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