I'm thinking of cutting down the barrel on my SKS Norinco rifle. I would like to make it a Para Trooper. Is this do-able in a reasonable way? Pros and cons welcome.
I have both also, and will never for the life of me understand the attraction of shortening barrels. My paratrooper doesn't handle one bit better than my 20 inchers, it's not noticeably lighter either. It does however, give up a lot of velocity compared to the 20 inchers. Velocity isn't the 7.62x39's strong point to start with so I would want to keep as much of it as possible.I have both. I enjoy the 20" barreled ones better. Less noise and generally more accurate. Iron sights could use all the sight radius it can get.
Removing and properly installing the front sight base is not easy.