Just got a unissued SKS from Aim Surplus. Question.


April 4, 2003, 04:35 PM
I just got my unissued Yogo SKS from Aim Surplus. I ordered it on Tue and it arrived today! They told me there was a 3 day back order on them so I was surprised whe it came so soon. It looks brand new, it just has some thick Cosmoline in the workings. Also I assumed it would come with the assecsories but it didn't.:banghead: Anyway, I am very happy.

I flipped up the grenade sight but I can't seem to get it to go back down. What is the trick? I don't want to force it.

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April 4, 2003, 04:39 PM
On both my Yugo's the GL sight is a bear to get down----forcing it is the only way---even though I didn't feel right about it either.

April 4, 2003, 06:23 PM
I agree you can force anything but thats not the best way to do it. I generally take two bullets and press in from each side on the buttons that hold the launcher in place. Its the better way to do it as you run no risk on breaking or bending up anything.

The only thing that I was disappointed in with my Yugo was the very creepy triple stage trigger pull. It had 3 distinct stages of creep that made shooting it almost impossible to get any decent or consistant accuracy.

Not to worry though. I logged on to the SKS sight and got some info on how to do a trigger job and I took out all the creep and it breaks like glass right now.

Just be careful if you try to do this. Taking apat the trigger housing and freeing up the super heavy mainspring is extremely dangerous. Do not follow the advice of using the housing of your cleaning kit to compress the powerful mainspring.

Take instead the entire trigger housing and clamp the hammer in a vice thereby imobilizing it. Grab hold with both hands on the trigger housing and compress the mainspring and ease it out of the trigger housing. It works like a charm, is easy and not dangerous at all.

Use slave pins to temporarily reassemble the trigger components when checking to see if you have taken enough metal off the back of the sear for a creep free release. For a lighter pull you could clip off a coil of the mainspring but this may reduce reliablity with some hard primed military ammo.

April 4, 2003, 06:24 PM
I don't know for sure... I've never handled one yet, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night....

I think there's a valve that's closed when the grenade sight is flipped up. You have to open it to put the sight back down. This should be where the gas port/tube joins to the top of the barrel.

April 4, 2003, 06:45 PM
I just forced it down after the first response I got. I heard a crack sound as if something broke.:banghead: I inspected everything and it looks fine, I think the crack sound was just a little bit of the metal shearing off, no big deal. I think that was the first time it was ever raised, it goes up and down a little smoother now and doesn't seem broken.

I got this for $149.99 delivered to my door! I think that is a great deal for a new unfired SKS with all matching #s.

Does anyone know where to find out the date of manufactur on these guns?

April 4, 2003, 11:00 PM

:mad: I can't get the link to work from this post but that's exactly how its saved in my favorites!:confused:

April 4, 2003, 11:07 PM
Mine just requires a bit of muscle to get it back into place. Hey how often are you going to use that grenade sight anyway?

If you have a source for grenades and a range that lets you use them I am there.:what:

My SKS trigger isn't that bad at all. Mine came to my door looking like it had just been manufacutured. I have gotten new guns that haven't looked as good.

Great deal for $149.


April 5, 2003, 01:03 AM
cool9mm, try this. (http://www.simonov.net/uberfaq.htm)

April 5, 2003, 07:05 AM
Thanks Triad!

April 5, 2003, 06:15 PM
Remember my motto "If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it needed replacement anyway!".

Alternate motto "Cut, patch 'n paint to match".

April 6, 2003, 03:07 AM
cool9mm, you're welcome.

April 6, 2003, 12:47 PM
Thanks everyone. I am going to shoot it for the first time today, i'll let you know how it does. I am very impressed with the quality of this rifle and I think it is extermly well made for an SKS.

This is my first SKS. I never really liked them before because all I was familier with were the Chinese SKSs until recently. Those Chinese SKSs don't hold a candle to these Yugo ones. The Chinese SKSs look so cheap and junky that it really turned me off them until I saw a Yugo SKS at the last gunshow. I also like the looks of the Russian SKSs and I might pick up one of them in the future if I like the way my Yugo shoots.

I have heard it said that the SKS is a carbine but mine feels like an M1 Garand. It is about 9 lbs and is muzzle heavy, not what I would consider a "carbine". My AK is a carbine, my SKS is a battle rifle.

El Rojo
April 6, 2003, 01:05 PM
I have a Russian, wanted a Yugo, no one ships to the PRK! Bastards. Where the heck am I going to get a grenade for my grenade launching gun anyway?

April 7, 2003, 04:33 PM
El Rojo, interordnance will ship a Yugo to you; they will do a CA-legal conversion on it for $20. The web site says they press a sleeve over the grenade launcher. I don't know exactly what this accomplishes (closes off holes? makes it impossible to slip a grenade over it? makes it impossible to fix the bayonet?).

April 7, 2003, 08:13 PM
The CA conversion simply replaces the greanade launching muzzle device with a larger diameter muzzle brake. Now, you can't slip the grenade over the muzzle, assuming you could find a grenade to try out.

The bayonet is not affected in any way.

I bought mine at Turner's.

April 28, 2003, 12:22 AM
I thought that thing on the end of the barrel was a flash surpressor, not a grenade launcher :eek:

April 28, 2003, 02:28 AM

I think BHP9 was talking about the two retention pins that pop out on either side of the grenade launcher sights once the sight is extended fully. They are located right beside the hinge pin for the sight. Both have to be depressed at the same time (kinda tricky) for the sight to be lowered. I could be wrong, but I don't think it was meant to be lowered without tools.


Could you provide the link for the trigger job? My Yugo's got that same horrible trigger. Thanks.

April 28, 2003, 03:43 AM
You guys, the grenade sight on my father's unissued Yugo SKS (just got it on Wed.) raises and lowers just fine without the need for tools. It raises and locks into place and lowers without the need of any tools. Do you seriously think they'd make soldiers use tools to raise a grenade sight? No way.

There's no need for tools to raise and lower it. They've just never been used most likely so they might crack or be a little stiff the first couple of times. It's nothing to worry about!

April 28, 2003, 05:12 AM
I just bought one Saturday at a gun show. That fact doesn't contribute too much to this thread, but hey I gotta tell someone who will appreciate it. My girlfriend looked at me kinda weird when I showed her a picture. I think the bayonet along with me explaining that it was a grenade launcher on the end caused her to make that face. Can't wait till the "cooling off" period is over.

April 28, 2003, 05:38 AM

I thought the same thing when the guys at the shop where I bought it told me to use tools for the sight. Aren't SKS's supposed to be no-brainer weapons designed for conscript armies?

Anyhoo, those guys told me to use tools, so I assumed that was what you were supposed to do.

April 28, 2003, 01:25 PM
The first time I rasied my grenade site, it wouldn't lower without a LOT of pressure and I didn't want to break anything so I waited until I heard from others. It seems as if there may be some metal shavings or something when it is new because I just put more pressure on it and it went down with a loud crack, I thought I broke something but it is fine and now it will lower and raise without too much pressure. It was new so it may have been cutting a bit of metal off some parts the first time, no big deal.

April 28, 2003, 09:22 PM
I was pleased with my AIM Yugo SKS too - stock looked like teak and didn't appear to have ever had a finish. Gave it a couple licks of oil and everything looks brand new.

Anyhoo, the grenade sight locked into the upright position by two spring loaded pins into holes in either side. I was told the "tools" were actually bullet tips - place rifle on butt, push each pin with end of round, push sight down with third hand (or nose, or whatever), lock down by moving gas valve to side. Worked like a champ.

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