Should I sell my sks?


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rduchateau2954
December 31, 2011, 02:28 PM
For the first time in my life the thought of selling one of my firearms, my sks. I don't shoot it, it's just a cheap chinese model, and I really don't care for the way it looks. I took it out the other day, shot about 20 rounds through it and moved on to another gun.

The thing is, I inherited this gun from my father. I took my second deer with this rifle which was my first one shot drop. I have a lot of memories with this rifle, but it was always a love/hate relationship. My dad didn't buy it because he wanted an SKS. He went to a gun store looking for a dirt cheap rifle that could kill a deer in the swamps of the wisconsin northwoods and the sks was what he ended up with.

I tell myself that with a new stock, trigger job and some sort of scout optic would make it into a shooter, but no amount of money will ever make it outshoot my tikka.

From a little bit of time on gunbroker, it seems like $200-$250 is the going rate for my sks. I would have to put the money towards something else. I would have to have something to show for it. It would be a chunk towards a first handgun or reloading setup.

Advise?

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Saakee
December 31, 2011, 02:34 PM
Do you have a family member that could use it? It sounds like it has enough sentimental value you might want to pass it on or just safe it for now until you're quite sure you don't want it.

leadcounsel
December 31, 2011, 02:34 PM
No. It's not meant to be a tack driver.

They are reliable battle rifles that shoot a versatile caliber.

Keep it if for no other reason sentimental value.

mgmorden
December 31, 2011, 02:43 PM
For yours I'd keep it for sentimental value. Otherwise, I'm not fond of the SKS. I had a Yugo model for several years (bought it back in the day for $89). Never shot it. It was not that accurate more what was worse was the thing was insanely heavy. I ended up selling it a few months ago for a little over $200.

Overall, I think there are better guns out there for the money that they now cost.

mljdeckard
December 31, 2011, 02:49 PM
I don't sell guns anymore.

A lot of us would say that it's good to have a brutally rugged rifle that goes bang every time with really cheap ammo. Does it really take that much space?

Sam1911
December 31, 2011, 02:49 PM
Plenty of folks like SKSs, and would be perfectly happy to pay you the going rate for yours. If your Dad didn't care for it, and you don't care for it, I don't see much sentimental value there.

They're great little rifles for what they are, but if you don't have a need or a fondness for what they are, why sweat it? If your heart is set that the value of a firearm is in whether or not it can out-shoot your Tikka bolt gun, then you'd be better off and happier with high end bolt rifles or AR-15s.

Do not fall into the trap of mucking around with it, adding optic mounts and stocks and whatnot. That won't make it what you like in a rifle and it will only hurt the value when you finally get around to selling it.

btg3
December 31, 2011, 02:50 PM
...my sks. I don't shoot it...
I would have to put the money towards... a first handgun or reloading setup.

The typical advice on THR is when in doubt, keep it until you are sure you will have no regrets.

However, you may have excellent reason to get a sidearm for in the field, or a concealed handgun now that WI has legalized concealed carry.

Whether you intend to pursue a handgun or a relaoding setup, $250 is roughly half way there. So I suggest that you hold on to the SKS until:
1. You have decided what you want to buy.
2. You have saved the difference for that purchase.

Selling the SKS need not be the first step in your plan -- assuming you have one.

rduchateau2954
December 31, 2011, 02:55 PM
Thanks for the quick responses. Right now, it is in a gun sock in the closest because I don't have room for it, but it's not alone. When I want to go shoot cheaply I grab my marlin 60.

It's not that my father didn't care for the rifle, it was just a cheap tool that he got to do a job until he could get a better tool. He just never got the chance.

I do agree with you guys about not selling guns. It's not like it's worth a whole lot.

Like I said, it has never crossed my mind before, but the sks is fast approaching "safe queen" or in this case; "closet queen" and I don't like the thought of that.

Thanks for the advise, I will hang onto it for a couple more weeks at least and look into it's possible replacements.

I have been going back and forth with myself all week about this.


Edit: Saakee, I do not have any family members who could use it. My two sisters have no use for it, and I don't speak with my dads family anymore.

buck460XVR
December 31, 2011, 02:57 PM
The choice is ultimately yours. My dad didn't have many guns and what he did own were not quality nor valuable. Non the less I could never bring myself to sell any of them. To me, $200 is worth more in memories than it is towards another gun.

USAF_Vet
December 31, 2011, 02:59 PM
I have no qualms with selling guns I don't shoot or have little use for. Personally, I love the SKS and can't wait to pick mine up from layaway. In your case, it doesn't seem like a whole lot of sentimental value, which is the only reason I'd ever keep a gun I don't shoot, like my Arisaka.

If you've got a Tikka, the SKS will never out perform. It does take a bit of money to make the SKS into something you want, since it seems like you don't like it as is in it's factory configuration. I'm the same way, as a chronic tinkerer, a bone stock SKS would bore me, too. Mine, however, already comes equipped with a side folding polymer stock, magazine conversion, and receiver mounted optic rail and a cheap 4x25 optic I'll end up changing. It's set up the way I want it, with enough meat on the bone to change out the stock upper handguard for some tacticool railed thingie and add a vertical forward grip.

But it'll be a shooter, something I will rely on for a multi-purpose rifle. Since you have no such need for your SKS, I'd sell it.

slowr1der
December 31, 2011, 03:02 PM
For me even if I never shot it and didn't like it, I wouldn't be able to sell it. The memories and the fact that your father had it would be worth more than the $250 you might get for it if it was me. To me I'd rather just keep it and have it sit there and be able to use it if I wanted to. That said, I know not everyone feels this way.

rduchateau2954
December 31, 2011, 03:13 PM
You guys are echoing the thoughts in my head.

$250 isn't much for a rifle with memories, and I am not hurting for money, but it would be $250 towards something else.

As far as the rifle itself goes, I wouldn't want a tacticool version, but its just such a cheap stock that there is no amount of chemical or process that would ever make it nice. If it's gonna be a non shooter, I want rich wood grain.

Any plans for it would be a nice wood stock, m1 style peep sights, the firing pin spring mod, and a trigger job. Everything but the trigger would have been completely reverse able if I sell it later.

Trunk Monkey
December 31, 2011, 03:18 PM
If you sell it it's gone and there no getting it back. If you don't sell it you can always go back and sell it later if it absolutely has to be gone.

It's not costing you a dime to keep it.

USAF_Vet
December 31, 2011, 03:20 PM
To me, throwing money at a gun you're not sure if you even want to keep is the wrong way to go at it. Sure, a new stock, new sights, etc. would make it into a better shooter, and are all reversable if you decide to sell it down the road, but then you're stuck with all the parts and a stock for a gun that you now don't even have. If you are even considering selling it, I think buying parts and mods for it is a bad idea, since you'll never recoup your money from those.

$250 isn't much, that's true. If it has some sentimental value, pull the firing pin and hang it on the wall. Or let it sit in the closet for awhile longer until you make up your mind. Either way, a gun in the closet that doesn't get shot much isn't hurting anything. but if you have plans on what to do with the money it will garner in a sale, think about your priorities. Still, an SKS in the closet isn't a bad HD option, either, depending on what else you have to serve that role.

rduchateau2954
December 31, 2011, 03:28 PM
To me, throwing money at a gun you're not sure if you even want to keep is the wrong way to go at it. Sure, a new stock, new sights, etc. would make it into a better shooter, and are all reversable if you decide to sell it down the road, but then you're stuck with all the parts and a stock for a gun that you now don't even have. If you are even considering selling it, I think buying parts and mods for it is a bad idea, since you'll never recoup your money from those.

$250 isn't much, that's true. If it has some sentimental value, pull the firing pin and hang it on the wall. Or let it sit in the closet for awhile longer until you make up your mind. Either way, a gun in the closet that doesn't get shot much isn't hurting anything. but if you have plans on what to do with the money it will garner in a sale, think about your priorities. Still, an SKS in the closet isn't a bad HD option, either, depending on what else you have to serve that role.
I won't be doing any mods to it, that is just what I would do IF I ever did anything to it.

With it stuck in the closet the way it is, should I use a sock, soft case, or hard case? I have in a sock now because I figured it breathed better. The house is dry in the winter.

Wanderling
December 31, 2011, 03:29 PM
$250 is not a whole lot. I'd refinish the stock really nice, and keep it. Once you have kids, give it to them.

wannabeagunsmith
December 31, 2011, 03:29 PM
NO!

Dr.Mall Ninja
December 31, 2011, 03:31 PM
My new rule is.... when in doubt do not sell.

USAF_Vet
December 31, 2011, 03:34 PM
I won't be doing any mods to it, that is just what I would do IF I ever did anything to it.

With it stuck in the closet the way it is, should I use a sock, soft case, or hard case? I have in a sock now because I figured it breathed better. The house is dry in the winter.
Ok, I get it. That makes sense then.


I like using gun socks that have the silicon impregnated fabric. For long term storage outside of a safe or gun cabinet, that sock is probably your best option. I don't like storing guns long term in soft or hard cases, I've had rust issues with them, even if they go in well oiled.

rduchateau2954
December 31, 2011, 03:35 PM
$250 is not a whole lot. I'd refinish the stock really nice, and keep it. Once you have kids, give it to them.
There is a thought, I have an old winchester 77 that I want to refinish. The sks would make a good guinea pig. I can't make it any worse.



I'll just keep it in it's sock then and make sure it gets cleaned on the regular. Like Trunk Monkey said, it's not costing me anything to keep.

leadcounsel
December 31, 2011, 07:24 PM
Or, hold onto it until another gun law scare, then double your money! Seems there's one every decade...

Ben86
December 31, 2011, 08:04 PM
I think you should sell it and get an AK-47. Thank me later. WASR 10/63s are great.

parsimonious_instead
December 31, 2011, 08:13 PM
I've felt this way for a while, and it's somewhat backed up by sentiments expressed by a lot of the guys in my shooting club:
"You rarely regret the acquisition of a gun, but nearly always regret letting one go."

ShawnC
December 31, 2011, 08:16 PM
I sold my SKS a few years ago and regret it to this day. It didn't have any sentimental value, I just liked it but needed the money.
But if you have no attachment to it, you should sell yours. If you are afraid you will miss it, replace it with something nicer immediately. Should take the sting out of it.

lobo9er
December 31, 2011, 08:19 PM
I tried to "trick out" my sks. It went back to plain wood stock in a few weeks. I bought the tapco digital tan stock. Looked alright but really I thought it sucked. Bought a couple chinese 20 round mags, they never fed perfect. So in the end its still one of my favorite guns, but it is what it is. with out all the garbage that I put on it it is rock solid, dependable.

Ditchtiger
December 31, 2011, 08:24 PM
rduchateau2954,

Is this rifle completely reliable as far as being functional.
No FTF or other issues?
Would be a good back-up or spare if needed,
Don't be to quick to ditch it.

A good running SKS is second only to a AK47 for reliability.

esque
December 31, 2011, 08:27 PM
Before you sell it do a little research and find
exactly what you have.Some Chinese are worth
more than others.

rduchateau2954
December 31, 2011, 09:57 PM
The rifle has never had a FTF, it is a mass produced chinese sks. It has the serial numbers but no factory stamps.

I'll hang on to it for now and see what the future brings.

george29
December 31, 2011, 10:02 PM
I went through the same thing with one of my dad's pistol, in the end it just sits in the safe, i won't sell it but other than the sentimental value it is nothing I would choose to own.

browneu
December 31, 2011, 10:04 PM
You'll still have your memories after you sell your rifle. Nothing can take that away. I say sell the rifle and get something you'll better enjoy.

The Sarge
January 1, 2012, 11:13 AM
I'll just share this.
My Grandpa bought my Dad a .22 single shot for crows in the corn in 1938. Dad gave it to me. I thought "what in the world do I want this old thing?"
Many years in the closet I pulled it out one day (totally forgot about it) and decided to restore it. Refinished the stock without taking any of the initials out that had been carved into it. Reblued it. Replaced springs. Really turned out well.
Brought a tear to my old mans eye. But here is the real purpose of my post.
That .22 had no value to me when Dad gave it to me. I gave it to my Grandson. It is his most cherished possession now. He knows it was Big PaPa's gun when he was little.
Think about it before you sell it for a couple of bucks. Think about your Grandchildren and the value/family history of that gun to later generations. Versus a salt and pepper shaker.

FROGO207
January 1, 2012, 02:21 PM
I buy all the time and rarely sell any of my firearms. Still if you in time will decide to sell your SKS do keep it until you have enough $$$ on hand to purchase what you want to replace it with. OR save some $$ ahead and then put in a swap and sell ad somewhere (THR swap and sell:D) that you want XXX and will swap described SKS and some $$ for it. You probably will make out better than just selling it then buying XXX. Works as long as you are flush and do not need to sell it ASAP, that always puts you at a loss when you do that.

nathan
January 1, 2012, 02:30 PM
For me, anything that is of sentimental value and selling it is blasphemy. Of course, to each his own. $ 250 nowadays is nothing bec of inflation. In fact the first wild hog i killed was with my Russian SKS at 10 yds while hunting in Fork of the BRazos River , North Texas in 1996. I still have it to this day in original configuration. I tried to put a scope on it before but 11 yrs ago i remove it and got it back as is. I was glad i kept the cleaning rod and the bayonet. If not, the value would have gone down.

Remember anything that relates to your past and means so much to you is worth keeping.

towboat_er
January 1, 2012, 02:51 PM
Don't sell the gun.

lobo9er
January 1, 2012, 06:18 PM
nothing like a spear that is also a 7.62x39 rifle :)

MuleRyder
January 1, 2012, 10:12 PM
Which SKS are worth more money? I think mine is Russian, how do you tell for sure?

btg3
January 2, 2012, 08:24 AM
Remember anything that relates to your past and means so much to you is worth keeping.
Makes me think of the tv series "Hoarders". :eek:

On the flip side are those that travel thru life as lightly and unencumbered as possible.

Others establish a balance somewhere between these extremes.

Personally, I'm not a collector. If it doesn't get used, it gets gone.

mdauben
January 2, 2012, 04:18 PM
I have a couple guns that once belonged to my father that I have never shot and probably never will. Despite that, I would never consider selling them, even to finance the purchase of a gun I would actually use. I'm not a collector by nature, and everything else I own gets used, but these guns are a special case.

I don't know from your post if your father is still with you, but even if he is he won't always be. My father is gone, and I see the guns I have as a link to him and a remembrance of the good times we spent together that I could not put a price on.

Still, that's a very personal decision and no one can make it for you.

Think Twice
January 2, 2012, 04:35 PM
I'm glad to see your keeping it. I traded mine off 2+ years ago for some rc cars, even though I made good $$ on the deal, I missed the gun. Just received another one and I won't make the mistake again. Granted its your gun, do what you may, but a gun is a tool. You wouldn't sell a skill saw because you only used once a year would you? A gun is one of those tools that is priceless when you need it. Imho

Ignition Override
January 2, 2012, 06:06 PM
rduchateau2954:

Right now on Gunbroker some SKS appear to have a starting price of $275-300, with most about 350-400 quite common. My other guns are primarily Enfields, Spanish FR8 and a single Garand.

Despite that variety, I enjoy my Norinco SKS just as often, and this week added the Tech Sight (the old rear
leaf sight can be removed). This aperture sight makes it so much easier to hit an object and destroy it.

Less than a shiny quarter for a jacketed, hollow point round. I saw graphic photos of a grisly, fatal wound in a large feral pig caused by a single jhp.The cheap slip-on 1" recoil pad gives it a decent length of pull. I'm 5' 11".

MuleRyder: The Russians usually have a star inscribed onto the upper front part of the action.
They also have a chrome-lined bore, no gr. launcher and should have a wicked, blade bayonet.
You could try "SKSboards", "Russian" forum.

Bubba Bleu
January 2, 2012, 06:25 PM
I'll just share this.
That .22 had no value to me when Dad gave it to me. I gave it to my Grandson. It is his most cherished possession now. He knows it was Big PaPa's gun when he was little.

A wonderful story. I only wish that I had a rifle passed down from my great-grandfather (or even my father) to pass down to my children and future grandchildren.

Think about it before you sell it for a couple of bucks. Think about your Grandchildren and the value/family history of that gun to later generations. Versus a salt and pepper shaker.

Great advice more people need to hear. In a world where almost everything is cheap and disposable, guns are permanent family history to pass down from generation to generation.

MuleRyder
January 2, 2012, 06:27 PM
rduchateau2954:

Right now on Gunbroker some SKS appear to have a starting price of $275-300, with most about 350-400 quite common. My other guns are primarily Enfields, Spanish FR8 and a single Garand.

Despite that variety, I enjoy my Norinco SKS just as often, and this week added the Tech Sight (the old rear
leaf sight can be removed). This aperture sight makes it so much easier to hit an object and destroy it.

Less than a shiny quarter for a jacketed, hollow point round. I saw graphic photos of a grisly, fatal wound in a large feral pig caused by a single jhp.The cheap slip-on 1" recoil pad gives it a decent length of pull. I'm 5' 11".

MuleRyder: The Russians usually have a star inscribed onto the upper front part of the action.
They also have a chrome-lined bore, no gr. launcher and should have a wicked, blade bayonet.
You could try "SKSboards", "Russian" forum.
Thanks, mine has the star on the action and a nasty bayonet on it. I never thought of it as that great of a weapon, but maybe with a little work it could be.

ball3006
January 2, 2012, 07:07 PM
Chinese SKS are going for 300 bucks and up around here. My Chinese sks is the most accurate sks I have. Just because it is Chinese, doesn't mean it is no good.....chris3

rduchateau2954
January 2, 2012, 07:16 PM
I completely agree with you guys on family guns. My fathers old mossberg 500 and the mossberg 20ga I got on my 10th birthday will stay in the family. Those shotguns have memories from the best years of my life. While the sks does have some sentimental value, it's not even close. My old man always eyeing the semi '06s and .270s in the gun store. He called the sks "his little jap rifle".

That's why my two scratched and gouged pump shotguns are center row in my cabinet and the sks is in a gun sock in the closet. I doubt I'll ever stick any money into it but there is no way I am not gonna shoot it. Maybe it will grow on me.

rduchateau2954
January 2, 2012, 07:20 PM
Think about what you just said here. Do you know how often that can be said of any rifle? You may not like that SKS but it has tremendous value and the very last thing I would do is sell it and buy an AK. That's off the charts wrong. The SKS is a better rifle in almost every way unless you have a full auto AK.


Who said anything about an AK? It would have been towards a handgun or reloading setup.

As far as a SHTF situation, I would reach for one of my 12ga before anything else.

alman
January 2, 2012, 09:43 PM
Keep it

rduchateau2954
January 3, 2012, 06:49 PM
Another poster suggested that you sell it and buy an AK-47. In post #22 you'll find this quote:



My comment was about what he said.
Ah, I have no ambition for an AK. If I ever did get one it would be full auto. I don't have the funds or the land to get one.

proven
January 3, 2012, 06:58 PM
although i don't share cj 74's enthusiasm, and take issue with some of his comments about the sks being the "most proven battle carbine on the planet"....it's dern good firearm and will serve you well. when you first posted this, i thought about sending you a pm with an offer to buy it, as i've been keeping an eye out for one lately. but honestly, unless you want the cash to fund something else and have no room for it, you are probably best served by keeping it.

Ben86
January 3, 2012, 11:56 PM
I don't doubt that an SKS is a good rifle. But, it just always seemed like a boring AK-47. Sort of like it's nerdy brother or something.

stevolene
January 4, 2012, 04:00 AM
Id love to have it .....

lobo9er
January 4, 2012, 01:31 PM
They're assault rifles.
WHOA!!! there buddy just because the brady bunch and bill clinton calls AR15's such things doesnt make it so. Calling AR's assault rifles furthers their push to scare the public. When ever in public always refer to AR's and AK's as rifles. Or if you want to start a conversation refer to them as sporting or hunting rifles! :) Sorry to interject :) carry on.

Hacker15E
January 4, 2012, 02:12 PM
I've never heard of a firearm assaulting anyone.

Hacker15E
January 4, 2012, 06:55 PM
(just ask any SWAT member - Special Weapons Assault Team)

SWAT means "Special Weapons And Tactics".

Hacker15E
January 4, 2012, 08:49 PM
A single usage by a single team for a short period of time forty years ago hardly qualifies as defining the acronym.

When you say, "ask any SWAT member", chances are that most -- if not all -- of them belong to teams that don't mean "Special Weapons Assault Team".

Either way, such usage has absolutely zero to do with the creation, adoption, or use of the term "assault rifle".

lobo9er
January 5, 2012, 02:35 PM
T's are crossed I's are dotted :) didnt mean ti hi jack. just one of those pet peaves.

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