SKS Accuracy


January 5, 2012, 07:57 AM
I've heard a lot of people talk about how the Mosin Nagant is more accurate at distance with the bayonet attached, as they were sighted in at the factories that way and the Russian military doctrine of the time dictated that the pig sticker remain fixed at all times, whether it was a 91/30 or an M44.

I don't know if this is true or if it's just another one of those internet gun myths that everyone seems to take as gospel. I've had two Mosins pass through my hands but I never shot either of them very much so I couldn't confirm or debunk this claim.

However, it got me wondering: if it IS true, then could the same apply to the SKS? If I were to extend the spike on my Norinco and take a few shots with it at 100 yards (which I've strangely never thought of doing before), could I expect to see tighter groups? Have any of you ever done this with the same thought it mind? It seems plausible to me since the SKS was designed in the waning days of WW2 and the Simonov would have most assuredly been conceived with the Red Army's then current SOPs in mind.

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January 5, 2012, 10:02 AM
I ve shot the Mosin extensively both the carbine M 44 , M 91 59 and 91 30. I have not tried fixing bayonet for reasons the rangemaster in our local area doesnt allow it. On slow fire, sandbag rest at 100 yds, They average 3 inch groups on a good day. And fixing bayonet would be cool , it will draw more attention . hehehe

January 5, 2012, 10:10 AM
Ever see a bow used for target archery?
It has a counter weight out front called a stabilizer.
An extended or fixed bayonet does the same thing.

January 5, 2012, 11:00 AM
I haven't seen any difference in group size or POI with the SKS's bayonet extended or folded.


January 5, 2012, 11:26 AM
The thing with the bayonet isn't stabilization, its about disrupting the gasses blasting out the muzzle behind the bullet. The gun is not necessarily more or less accurate with the bayonet extended or attached, but the protrusion past the muzzle will change the point of impact in a repeatable way. The Russians decided that since they wanted the bayonets attached in combat, they would sight the rifles to the point of aim with the bayonet attached. This applies mostly to the Mosin, as I have no idea how serious they took bayonet usage after WWII.

January 5, 2012, 01:03 PM
Fix bayonet was the norm back before the Mosin 1891 was conceived. Remember the days of flintlock and musketry with their long fix bayonets firing in echelons and marching towards the opposing enemy?

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