No, they aren't being offered anywhere. However, if they were offered and remained within $30 of any other SKS, would anyone be interested? For example, if some importer were to somehow (competently) convert the Yugo M59 to 5.45x39, would it sell?
I was looking through my ammo yesterday and found a few rounds of 5.45x39, happened to glance at my Norinco type 56 shortly after and ponder....
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January 23, 2004, 03:59 PM
No, better make that HELL YES.
January 23, 2004, 04:34 PM
Yep. I'd get one ASAP.
January 23, 2004, 04:50 PM
And add another caliber to stock?
Couldn't have that.
I guess I'd have to give my brother the 7,62x39 SKS. ;)
But I agree with Mike. HELL YES.
Great concept, but I doubt it could be done and remain in a reasonable price range.
January 23, 2004, 04:59 PM
30$ above regular sks prices is on the low end of what i would pay for a converted 5.45x39 sks. i'm not sure why i want one so bad but i do.
hell, i'd probably have to buy two or three to make use of those 5.45 strippers i have for no real reason.
January 23, 2004, 05:15 PM
January 23, 2004, 05:17 PM
Yeah, me too.
January 23, 2004, 05:25 PM
Yes, but make everything smaller and ligher to take advantage of the 5.45x39. The Chineese para is a good start for OAL.
Put it in the lightweight fiberglass "Viet Nam Stock". Since it's new production, put the AK side-rail on it. And put the rear sight as a module on the side-rail so it sits over the reciever cover, as far back as possible.
January 23, 2004, 05:57 PM
I'd rather have it in a 20.5 incher like the Yugo with 5.56X45mm instead. 15-20 round mag and 15-20 round strippers. :D
January 23, 2004, 06:03 PM
15-20 round mag and 15-20 round strippers.
It's better if it's 20 with ten, then you don't have to shoot it dry to reload it. (which is one of the many reasons the lee enfield rules)
I'd rather have an SKS in .50 beowulf or .458 socom.
January 23, 2004, 06:38 PM
Sure ... could share ammo with my SAR-2 of same caliber!
January 23, 2004, 09:44 PM
I would definitely buy one if it was offered.
January 23, 2004, 09:58 PM
Yea, I'd get one, but like AJ Dual, I'd rather see it done in a more compact package than the Yugo.
Of course, since it wouldn't be a C&R anymore (caliber conversions are a big no no), it would have to have a bunch of stuff removed anyway(especially the GL and bayonette) and some U.S. made parts added. A carbine version of that wouldn't be unlikely when you consider CAI is already making a carbine Dragonov.
January 23, 2004, 11:09 PM
I'd buy TWO of them!!!!
January 23, 2004, 11:24 PM
A carbine version of that wouldn't be unlikely when you consider CAI is already making a carbine Dragonov.
Is CAI a domestic manufacturer? I would love to be able to buy a Dragunov, but the ones that made it in before the ban are way out of my price range.
As for a 5.45x39mm SKS. Sounds like a good gun for possums and raccoons. I could be tempted with one if it was within my pricerange.
January 23, 2004, 11:54 PM
Do they even make 5.45x39 stripper clips?
I'd like a SKS in 6.5 Grendel. I can at least use standard SKS strippers for that round.
January 24, 2004, 12:13 AM
Is CAI a domestic manufacturer? I would love to be able to buy a Dragunov, but the ones that made it in before the ban are way out of my price range. Century Arms is probably the largest Importer/Manufacturer in the U.S. These are the folks that import/modify the SAR-1, CETME and many of the FALs you see for sale among many other imported guns. They would be the likely candidate for doing something such as a 5.45x39 converted SKS. Of course, there would be a good chance they'd also screw it up like they did when they converted VZ-52s from 7.62x45 to 7.62x39 with a chamber insert, then painted the stocks with bedliner.
The Drag that I was referring to is the Romanian Romak, which is not really a true Dragunov if I understand correctly. However, this is off topic, so to be fair to Snowdog, you should create a new thread if you wish to discuss this particular rifle.
BTW: Centerfire systems is the one advertising the carbine Romak 3:
Izhmash makes a Saiga in 5.45, but I don't think they import them.
January 24, 2004, 04:20 AM
PM me when you put the order together. Put me down for one of Mike's .223's as well. :)
January 24, 2004, 11:14 AM
Do they even make 5.45x39 stripper clips?
Isn't the case head the same size as 7.62x39? If it were, you could use 7.62x39 stripper clips.
January 24, 2004, 12:58 PM
BenEzra, the case heads are a tad smaller, so I don't think they would work properly with standard SKS stripper clips. However, if an importer were to go all-out to convert SKS rifles to 5.45x39 or 5.56x45, they might do the same for a couple thousand stripper clips and offer them for their product.
I don't use 'em anyway, I used to use them to hold 10 rounds of .38 Special ammunition when I used to carry my M85.
Left to right: 7.62x39, 5.45x39, 5.56x45
WonderNine, I don't know why I didn't think of the 5.56x45. I suppose I believed it was a bit too long, but apparently not...
Left to right: 5.56x45, 5.45x39, 7.62x39
January 24, 2004, 03:56 PM
What a happy family they are!
Ill take an SKS in one of each please.
January 24, 2004, 11:18 PM
I don't think I would have any use for it. I have several SKS in the standard flavor, and they suit me just fine.
January 25, 2004, 11:28 AM
I'd like one as a "nice to have", but unless the price was relatively close to a "standard" SKS, it doesn't fit a niche for me. It would be a great alternative to those that can't have an AK style rifle.
There are 5.45X39 strippers, but they are no where near as available as 7.62X39 strippers, and hence are pricey in relative terms. TAPCO has/had some available. 7.62X39 strippers are too big, and 5.56X39 strippers are too small.