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The SKS is a rifle from Designer Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov, the Creator of the AVS-36, PTRS-41, and basically Russian John Browning.

In 1949, the SKS was officially adopted into the Soviet Army, manufactured at the Tula Armory from 1949 until 1955 and the Izhevsk Mechanical Plant in 1953 and 1954. Although the quality of Soviet carbines manufactured at these state-run arsenals was quite high, its design was already obsolete compared to the Kalashnikov which was selective-fire, lighter, had three times the magazine capacity, and had the potential to be less labor-intensive to manufacture. Gradually over the next few years, AK-47 production increased until the extant SKS carbines in service were relegated primarily to non-infantry and to second-line troops. They remained in service in this fashion even as late as the 1980s, and possibly the early 1990s. To this day, the SKS carbine is used by some ceremonial Russian honor guards, much the same way the M14 Rifle is within the United States; it is far less ubiquitous than the AK-47 but both original Soviet SKS rifles and copies can still be found today in civilian hands as well as in the hands of third-world militias and insurgent groups. The SKS was to be a gap-filling firearm manufactured using the proven operating mechanism design of the 14.5×114mm PTRS-41 anti-tank rifle and using proven milled forging manufacturing techniques. This was to provide a fall-back for the radically new and experimental design of the AK-47, in the event that the AK proved to be a failure. In fact, the original stamped receiver AK-47 had to be quickly redesigned to use a milled receiver which delayed production, and extended the SKS carbine's service life.

Which meant actually the AK-47 never went into service and the SKS only lasted for 10 years before AK(M)'s were in full production, ironically just like the M14 but in a different circumstance of being a stopgap instead of a new service rifle.


The SKS is a great rifle for manlets. Not because it is considered pre war carbine length, but because the common Type 56 has a shorter stock than Eastern Bloc counterparts. Every rifle has a built in bayonet, in which is allegedly in the deployed position in combat as it seems to have counterweight properties of otherwise a front heavy rifle. Include the fact that the lack of rear weight balance and recoil it produces, it may kick even more than a Prewar bolt action service rifle such as a 91/30, or even a rare M1917. The SKS can get hot when sustaining fire due to the lack of breathing ventilation the barrel gets, in which is about 3/4's of the rifle's length. The 400 meter effective range is possible, that is if the target is visible or the handler is strong enough to stabilize the rifle and somewhat artificial recoil. That is if you can handle the sights, that tend to have the eyes focus nearsight.

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