Oh the SKS is an great rifle. It is the first one I purchased. At first I had big plans for it to. I was going to put the Tapco stock on, buy up a bunch of the 20 rounders, you know all the bells and whistles. What I later figured out was I could of just went with the AK for a little more and would of had everything I wanted to begin with. I dont regret buying it one bit. I just realize that there is no need to dump a bunch o dough into it.OP here.
Have a couple of AKs. Latest is an Arsenal and I think it's GREAT.
I just have no experience with SKS (despite holding an 03 FFL for about 12 years
I know some folks are infatuated with the SKS so I thought I'd ask.
Or just buy a SKS "M" or "D" for less than the price of a WASR and you will get a better quality rifle that accepts the AK mags.If you can lay your hands on an AK--then do so, and then stock up on hi-cap mags (see J&G in Prescott AZ).
If all you can manage is an SKS--then also lay your hands on this.
But do not use Tapco furniture (junk!).
Go this route....
1) Marcus mag adaptor.
2) Tapco 20 round mags modified for the Marcus adaptor.
3) Russian figerglass jungle stock for furniture.
I have an SKS D model, a paratrooper sks, a milled SLR95 ak, and two WASR 10's. Personally, I prefer the AK's. Accuracy wise the WASR's and SKS D are a push, the SLR95 is more accurate than either. The SKS D, while redesigned to use ak mags, doesn't do as well with them as an ak. You can have problems putting in a fully loaded mag with the bolt closed, holding the bolt open while changing mags is a bit problematic in anything but standing position. Stipper clips are slow, and I've yet to find an aftermarket sks mag mod that didn't suck. The SKS's are a little bit lighter than an ak, but only by about a half a pound. However, the setup makes the SKS's feel more front heavy to me.Or just buy a SKS "M" or "D" for less than the price of a WASR and you will get a better quality rifle that accepts the AK mags.