Is this a good deal on a Norinco SKS? A little help? :)


February 27, 2009, 10:44 PM
My friend's father wants to sell his SKS. I spoke with him on the phone tonight and it is a Norinco SKS with synthetic folding stock, bayonet, and according to him, only about 50-60 rounds fired through it. He said he's had it for years, but never really used it, and now wants to sell it, asking $250-300 along with some "hunting" rounds and some mil-surp rounds, not sure how many. He also said he had a "big" magazine (I'm assuming a 30-round) and the "regular" magazine. He said its in great condition and barely used. Now I don't know squat about these rifles. I've always thought it would be fun to have this type of rifle for target use and a fun gun, but never really considered it much. Now I have the opportunity to buy one and am wondering if I should take him up on the offer. He invited me out to his farm shoot it and check it out, but I have no idea what to even look for in one of these. He's a good guy and I know he wouldn't try to rip me off, but would 250 be a deal on this rifle if it really is in good condition? I know prices are inflated right now, but not considering the political climate, is it worth $250-300 for the package? Any help and insight would be appreciated.

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February 27, 2009, 10:48 PM
Jeff that's what they are selling for around here if it comes with much ammo it should be a deal. 2 years ago I would have said no but now it's a deal.

February 27, 2009, 10:52 PM
Thanks for the response. So do you think it's a deal because that's what people are willing to pay for them, or is the gun itself actually worth that much? I guess the reason I'm asking is because I'm not dead set on getting one of these rifles, I just figured if it was a really good deal then I'd take him up on the offer, but if its average or nothing special, then I don't know if I will. I'm kind of torn...

February 27, 2009, 10:55 PM
Yes, it's worth the money. It takes a lot to wear out an SKS, and if it's in good condition externally there's a real good chance it's in good shape internally.

I'd ask if he has the wood stock to go along with it. The SKS is easily bubbafied but is at its best in original .mil configuration.

The "big mags" have about a 50/50 chance of being reliable. I had a couple with my first SKS and after having random FTF problems I dumped them off. The 10rd "regular mag" has been 100% reliable in the three SKS's that I own.

Go on down to the farm and shoot it. Your mind will quickly be put at ease and you'll have no problem dropping $250 on it.

February 27, 2009, 10:59 PM
Pmbiker, thanks, its good to know. I don't really have any experience with these types of rifles so any info helps.

February 27, 2009, 11:16 PM
Can the barrel be changed on an SKS? If I wanted to put a shorter barrel on it?

February 28, 2009, 01:23 AM
I've had a NORINCO SKS for years now. Iron sights, folding stock, just a real bare bones rifle. I've been very impressed with mine as far as accuracy, reliability, etc. I would say with confidence that if you can get it for around $300.00 then you're doing fine. You'll really enjoy it. The ONLY thing I'm not a big fan of are the mags. Kinda wish they mounted "flush" like AR mags....but that's my only gripe.

Ignition Override
February 28, 2009, 02:56 AM
Shouldn't he read about possible 'slam-fires'?
"SKSboards" can be really informative. I read about a 'very bad situation' in CA, but slam-fires as a category seem to be pretty rare.

They appear to only happen now and then if cosmoline is still in the firing pin channel (it has a free-floating pin), or with American ammo (?), which has softer primers than Russian ammo.

February 28, 2009, 05:11 AM
Make sure he offers the standard magazine with it,and if he can find
the org. stock get it.

February 28, 2009, 06:55 AM
I'm not sure if he has the original stock or not, he may have bought it as it is but I'll ask. I'm going to see if he'll email me pics before I make the trip out there. Thanks for the replies so far.

February 28, 2009, 07:11 AM
I sold one of my norinco sks' 2 years ago for $215. I think $250 is a good deal.

February 28, 2009, 09:30 AM
Buy it. You won't be sorry at that price..... especially with the extras you're getting.

February 28, 2009, 09:38 AM
Thanks guys, I'm looking forward to taking it for a test drive within the next week or two. I've been checking out the Survivor's SKS board and all the bubbazied rifles :)

February 28, 2009, 09:48 AM
Is there anything in particular to look for for "warning signs" or defects that would make it a bad purchase? Sorry for all of the questions, I know next to nothing about these type of rifles. I'm doing some reading about them to try and learn more before I go to check it out.

February 28, 2009, 10:23 AM
Noooooo....for the love of god.....don't Bubbatize it ;)

February 28, 2009, 10:26 AM
Ha, I don't plan on it, I was just at the SKS board and happened to come across the thread of bubbatized rifles. From what it sounds like, the one I might be buying is already somewhat bubbatized with the folding synthetic stock.

February 28, 2009, 01:54 PM
Why are the Tapco stocks so popular for the SKS?

February 28, 2009, 02:01 PM
That's a good price. Especially given what you will get along with the weapon itself.

February 28, 2009, 02:35 PM
Just buy it.
I have one and rarely shoot it but it has always worked fine.
Mine wears the original wood stock with the ten round magazine

February 28, 2009, 02:45 PM
I bought a 20" Norinco, unissued recently for $150 (from a friend). I've added a tech peep sight, fine front post, murray firing pin, and a john masen extended rubber butt pad. Next i'm getting a kivaari trigger job. It'll be the perfect sks :)

Forgot to say: Buy it, thats still a fine price.

February 28, 2009, 03:08 PM
He just emailed me pictures of the rifle. It's the longer barreled version, I was kind of hoping for the model with the short barrel. It looks like its in good condition. He doesn't have the original stock for it either. Still contemplating...

February 28, 2009, 03:09 PM
Offer him $250 cash and enjoy. Personally I don't care for the aftermarket stocks and removable magazine conversion but a semi auto with ammo and a couple mags for $250 is decent, not a smoking deal though. You may try offering him $200 bucks just to see if he will take it.

Edit: Just saw your last post. Keep looking then there are a boat load of SKSs out there. Or see if you can get him down to $200.

February 28, 2009, 03:12 PM
You said it has a "big" magazine...if this "big" magazine is an AK magazine...and it works with the rifle, and it hasn't been modified for it, it means he has an SKS-M, which accepts AK mags. I've seen those go for $700-$800 on GunBroker.

If not, then $250 is a good deal for all those extras.

February 28, 2009, 03:17 PM
This is what he is offering, he asked $300 in the email, but I'm pretty sure I could get it for $250. Some of the ammo looks pretty corroded.

Big Bill
February 28, 2009, 03:29 PM
I personally wouldn't have a bubberized SKS. But, that's just me.

February 28, 2009, 03:35 PM
I personally wouldn't have a bubberized SKS. But, that's just me.

I'm kind of thinking the same thing. I'm also thinking I might rather have a WASR.

February 28, 2009, 03:41 PM
I don't blame you. has them in stock. Have you considered a Saiga? The 7.62x39 models have been coming back down in price. They are built better than the WASRs though you have to convert them if you want them turned back into an AK.

February 28, 2009, 03:47 PM
lipadj46, thanks for the link

February 28, 2009, 04:00 PM
I think thats a heck of a deal. I have two SKS rifles, one with the short 16" barrel and one with a 20" barrel. Frankly I like shooting the longer barrel better. The noise is further away and the longer sight radius helps the aim. You should also pick up at least a 100 fps more velocity.

I would get it. You can sell for a profit the next day if you want.

rust collector
March 1, 2009, 09:07 PM
May be missing collar and spring for bayonet & cleaning rod, if that matters. Stocks are inexpensive, but I hate fitting them.

They are fun to shoot and very sturdy, but $250 would be about the top end for me.

Ohio Gun Guy
March 1, 2009, 09:14 PM
I bubba'd an sks, but did nothing perminant. All it did was add weight and cost. I un-bubba'd it and it is back to standard form. Try it first. then if you must, go easy on it and be slow to make perminant changes.

In my humble opinion.

OH, I also think the price is very fair right now.

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